Shankar Ganesh

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Filter my RSS

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FilterMyRSS is a pretty neat and useful service for bloggers. With FilterMyRSS, you can filter information on an RSS feed, and cut it down to get only what you want.


Consider that you’re reading a popular blog that publishes tens of articles everyday. Not all posts might be of value to you, but all posts fall right on your RSS reader since you just can’t customize what comes through the feed. Information Overload.

Here’s where FilterMyRSS comes in handy. You can filter out unwanted stuff from such feeds easily by specifying some possible keywords to the title, description, or the category of the source feed, and get the content on the feed filtered to ‘what you really want to read’.

There’s a neat example on the FilterMyRSS blog page that I’d like to quote here:

Let’s say you have a blog about Diabetes. In order to keep your reader base and blog up-to-date you subscribe to a number of medical blogs, journals, newspaper and medical website feeds.

You have learned RSS feeds push the most current information right to your RSS reader. However, there is a problem as your source RSS feeds push ALL their information, yet you like updates only on articles which concern Diabetes.

Using FilterMyRSS, you can use keywords and filter the feed, and get another feed that’s short and contains what you are looking for.

That’s just an instance. I’m sure we can put this tool to great uses, and boost some productivity. What you think guys?

Written by admin

December 13th, 2007 at 10:43 am

Posted in blogging

  • K-IntheHouse

    Shankar, a very neat service! This is of great interest to me and I am sure others as well who are trying to cut down on the feed overload. Being a Google Reader user, I think the best scenario would be if Google offered ability to filter feeds based on keywords or filter out feeds. Plus, ability to create custom channels from multiple feeds again based on keywords would be awesome! Maybe I’ll post about everything I want in it.. LOL

  • Vaibhav

    A great concept, we all bloggers would require it, and i do agree with keith to have filters based on keywords, and this can be a great utility after addition of search in google reader.
    And keith we will wait for your post on this :D

  • Brown Baron

    Just what I was looking for. Thanks buddy!

  • Keith Dsouza

    Well this is definitely one service that I would use. I usually subscribe to feeds where there are more than 30-40 posts per day and I definitely do not read it all. This tool will definitely help me skim those feeds and read only those that I am interested it.

    Cool find buddy, Stumbled :-)

  • Madhur Kapoor

    Nice find buddy. THis will definately increase my prodctivity.

  • ram

    Quite useful one, these days i just scan the headlines of the feed and only open those that are interesting.

  • Nirmal

    Well I dont use RSS reader nowadays, I visit all the sites which I read. :D
    BTW changed theme again?

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @K: LOL looks like you’re demanding too much from Google Reader :)
    @Vaibhav: Indeed it’s a great concept, and I think it’ll take off.
    @Brown: You’re welcome.
    @Keith: Thanks for the stumble, Keith. It’s really a time-saver.
    @Madhur: It sure will.
    @Ram: Yeah me too.
    @Nirmal: Oh, pretty odd you are. RSS actually has saved a lot of time for me :)
    Yeah trying this one for Adsense. Let’s see how it goes.

  • Haris

    Even I just scan the post titles in my RSS reader. And read only those that are of my interest. Don’t have time to go through all the posts :P

    And your new theme is looking nice, Shankar. Just fix the banner in the header.

  • Syahid Ali

    Another nice way to reduce rss overload. Thanks for the heads up Shankar. Nice blog design btw.

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  • mymytri

    Looks cool shankar..I am very lazy to read my feeds.This one may help me a lot.

  • Nicholas francis

    a very good service, i hope this will provide the right content required by the user or subscriber..

  • Kumar

    I’ve used AideRSS initially but it drives me nuts these free website use login and password. Then I switched over to to just filter and go.

  • Recliners

    Sounds like a neat service, thanks for the info

  • Recliners

    And by the way i really like the new look of your blog. Nicer color scheme.

  • Jalaj

    I think Yahoo Pipes should perform well for this requirement… though not sure as I not used it much.

  • Ashish Mohta

    Haha nice theme buddy. Looks good.

    I like to see all kind of posts from a blog. It really diversifies my mind and get to know things which you never would have thought. Like Nirmal does a cartoon post every friday now thats a good idea. See all read some and grab what you just want!!!

  • Silki

    Hi Shankar.
    Found you through Techie Buzz, where I was also invited to co-author.
    Nice to find your blog.
    I like this problogger template.

  • Shankar Ganesh

    @Haris: Thanks for pointing it out. I’ll have to fix it. :)
    @Syahid: Yeah, it indeed reduces the amount of stuff you’ll be reading through.
    @Mymitri: Hehe me too.
    @Nicholas: Yes, it will.
    @Kumar: I’ve not tried AideRSS, but I can tell for sure that FilterMyRSS one is a very useful tool.
    @Recliners: Thanks for the feedback :)
    @Jalaj: Well, as far as I know, Yahoo! Pipes can only mix multiple feeds together. Correct me if I’m wrong.
    @Ashish: Thanks Ashish. You have a good point there. People don’t really like to read the same kinda posts again and again ;)
    @Silki: Glad to see you around here. Welcome to this blog. :)

  • Aseem Kishore

    I very cool find Ganesh. A total time saver for bloggers !


  • Techblissonline Dot Com

    I follow only a few blogs and would read them all…but will put this service to use when i am sort of time… :)

  • Techblissonline Dot Com

    i meant short of time… :)

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  • Music Site

    that is a really good tool, I never heard about it yet, this is the first time but it sounds good, I know many people who can post forever, sometimes I think they never sleep, lol, but still sometimes it is nice to follow them and read something different everytime, like I think your blogs are really nice so far,

    Keep the good work up,

  • Sumesh

    Good to have these kinds of tools, especially with the RSS information overload ( I have subscribed to only 65 feeds, though)

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  • web man

    New Bayesian filter for RSS

    I would like to suggest a great new site that organizes your RSS feeds.
    It employs a Bayesian filter applied to RSS feeds where you can train the filter what you like and
    what you don’t like based upon examples. It’s free, try it at