Do you group your feeds?

So I admin, I’m a bit of a feed whore. I’ve got some 150+ feeds that I subscribe to. I really, really love information. It’s just exciting to me to see all of this info coming in. Do I read all of it? Of course not. I skim and if a subject line catches my eye, then I move forward with it.

But the problem I’m been having lately is deciding if it makes sense to actually put all of these feeds into categories in my feed reader.

I’m a bit OCD when it comes to file organization, but I’m also practical. It seems a bit pointless to categorize them when I’m going to go through all the new articles anyways.

So right now I just have a big “All Feeds” folder in NewsFire.

What do you do? Do you organize your feeds? Any particular reason you do that?

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Feb 28 2007

10 Responses to “Do you group your feeds?”

I use Google Reader and have feeds grouped into apple, blogs, tech, web-dev and cars. Probably around 250 feeds but that’s too much and I need to start slimming it down.

Paul Stamatiou on February 28th, 2007 at 11:25 pm

Yeah. But do you find any real benefit from grouping them? I mean sure it seems logical…but does it really help to do that?

Josh on February 28th, 2007 at 11:36 pm

I have 250 feeds that I subscribe to… up from 100 a year ago. I started adding them so I could track more trends. It’s handy. I don’t organize them either. What’s the point?

Chris on March 1st, 2007 at 7:48 am

I also have about 250 feeds and use Google Reader. I’ve got 12 or so non-overlapping folders that while breaking things up by subject, also break things up by how I read them. I keep digg and some other similar active feeds in their own folder because I only give them a passing glance — and i usually view them as a whole folder instead of each individual feed. Or I keep webcomics by themselves, or artist blogs, webdev blogs, etc. When you roll in late in the morning and want a quick info fix before you go to bed you don’t necessarily feel like reading about new javascript techniques or marketing strategies.

Justin Ruckman on March 1st, 2007 at 8:08 am

I group my feeds because when I open newsfire, and don’t particularly care one day for games or tech news, I can mark those groups as read and just have the one’s I’m interested in show up as new.

Adam Mika on March 1st, 2007 at 10:40 am

I group into folders depending on content. I’ve got a movies folder, a news one, one for the tech blogs I read, one for the majority of the blogs, and a folder for the new blogs I’ve found but aren’t certain I want to keep subscribed to.

Then I’ve got some smart folders set up in Vienna which filter the feeds depending on what folder they were stored in. That way, if I only have time to read the news/a few blogs, I don’t have to wade through everything. This is particularly useful for movie trailers. Most days I just don’t have time to watch them, so they get saved in a lovely bundle for the weekends :D

To be honest, 9 times out of 10 I read through the entire lot of feeds in one go, but I’m an organisation freak (couldn’t be without my folders!) and it does make my life easier when I DON’T want to read everything.

Cas on March 1st, 2007 at 10:51 am

I have a few groups setup:

- Blogs 
- Blogs 
- Blogs 
- Blogs 
- Blogs 
- Flickr
- Design/GUI

I group blogs into each of the 5 groups above ranked on how much I enjoy them. If I love a blog, it goes in the first “” group which is displayed at the top of NewsFire. This way if I have a few minutes, I can skim through the most important content first, all the way through to the least important at the bottom of the NewsFire sidebar.

Glenn Wolsey on March 1st, 2007 at 2:59 pm

In Google Reader I’ve got several sections setup, among them, Links, Daily, Bored, Mac, Stuff….

It really depends on how much time I have to read my feeds, and I choose the categories accordingly. Likewise, if I’m looking for news on a specific subject, (say Apple) I can get it all in one pop, rather than spending the time wading through other stuff that may be less important to me at that moment.

basically, I know what kind of ‘news’ I’m getting depending on the cat I choose. makes it more focused for me.

nick santilli on March 1st, 2007 at 9:40 pm

Haha, that is so funny that you mention that Josh. I am totally OCD when it comes to Feeds, Links, Photos, eh.. probably anything on the computer. Lately though I have just been grouping them altogether in NewsFire. By the way, keep up the great work on your blog and in your projects. I am a big fan of your work, (I am joester in the sitepoint forums), and I hope you had good luck in all of those sales you were doing.

Joe Primiani on March 3rd, 2007 at 10:30 pm

Hey Joe, thanks for the kind words. :) The site sales did indeed go well.

Josh on March 3rd, 2007 at 11:16 pm

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