The Pros and Cons of Using MyYahoo As an RSS Reader

Thinking about an RSS reader? MyYahoo is an option

A screenshot of Yahoo.com.

MyYahoo isn't necessarily the best personalized ​start page on the internet, but it has a very solid RSS reading feature for the most popular news sites in several categories.

Since it's really a personalized page, MyYahoo allows you to organize your feeds into separate tabs. This is great if you want to divide your feeds by subject matter.

You also have four columns on the main page and additional tabs—although one downside of MyYahoo is the huge space on the far right column being taken up by advertising. 

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The Pros of Using MyYahoo as an RSS Reader

MyYahoo has many different advantages including speed, reliability, ease-of-use, the ability to preview articles, and the MyYahoo Reader. And these are in addition to the ability to separate the feeds into different categories and place them on their own tab within the personalized page.

Speed

A big reason to use MyYahoo over other online readers is speed. MyYahoo is one of the fastest readers when it comes to loading in the articles of multiple RSS feeds.

Reliability

Even the best websites will go down or become slow from time to time, but generally speaking, a website like Yahoo or Google will go down far less than a more specialized and less popular site.

Ease of Use

Adding an RSS feed to MyYahoo is a simple matter of choosing "Personalize this page", clicking on "Add RSS Feed", and typing in (or pasting) the feed's address. Many websites also have an "Add to MyYahoo" button to make this easier, and most Firefox users can add the feed directly to MyYahoo by clicking on the feed icon.

Reading Experience via MyYahoo Reader

The default setting is for articles to pop up in the MyYahoo Reader. This gives you a clean place to read the article without all of the clutter of the website. All of the recent articles are displayed on the right, so there's no need to go hunt for something else that you found interesting. And, because sometimes an article is best viewed on the site itself, you can get there by either clicking the article's headline or by ​clicking the "Read full article..." link at the bottom.

The Cons of using MyYahoo as an RSS Reader

The three biggest disadvantages to using MyYahoo are the inability to add any site you want, the inability to consolidate feeds, and the look and feel of MyYahoo as a personalized start page.

Inability to Add Any Site You Want

Unfortunately, MyYahoo keeps its RSS subscription widgets limited to just a few select sites that are extremely popular. So while you might be able to add a new widget for TechCrunch or The Verge, you won't be able to add one for your brother's personal tech blog.

Inability to Consolidate Feeds

One thing that MyYahoo cannot do—at least on its own—is to mix different feeds into one consolidated feed. So, you while you could add ESPN, Fox Sports, and Yahoo Sports as separate feeds, you couldn't create a single feed that contained all three.

Limitations of MyYahoo As a Personalized Start Page

MyYahoo doesn't have the clean look that other RSS readers have. Instead, because it functions as a personalized start page, it includes block-like widgets with a limited number of articles for each of them. Advertisements also take up valuable space.

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Article updated by: Elise Moreau