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In the past I have been using Akregator and GoogleReader to read my RSS feeds. The latter is particularly interesting as I am not right to a single computer and that it supports social sharing.

However, neither seems to support filtering or preprocessing of feed items into subfolders. In particular, LinkedIn decided to put status updates in the RSS feed to new connections. I have to admit I did not dive into LinkedIn's set of feeds, so they actually might have a feed for new connections only... that said, I did not change RSS feed and it did only list new connections...

So, I like to be able to filter out anything that is not a new connection. Then I realized, what I would love is Yahoo Pipes on the level of my RSS reader... with JavaScript, XSLT, whatever, I don't mind.

Is there any such RSS feed reader around that supports some kind of scripting to support the above ideas?


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Next time, try – Shog9 Jan 9 '10 at 3:01
OK. I was wondering about the right place already, but since I am asking about scripting functionality, I thought it was moderately appropriate... what's the exact scope of SuperUser? – Egon Willighagen Jan 9 '10 at 10:28
up vote 2 down vote accepted

Take a look at newsbeuter, snownews and liferea, which support the snownews extensions mechanism.

In newsbeuter there is also a powerful filter language that you can use in conjunction with killfiles to ignore specific articles.

For example if you want to ignore all articles in every feed that do not contain the word "Bioclipse" in the title, you add the following line to the kill file.

ignore-article "*" "title !~ \"Bioclipse\""

You can test your filters by pressing F in the feed list.

Can you elaborate a bit on how this filtering works? For example, how can I only list headlines of a blog containing 'Bioclipse'? – Egon Willighagen Mar 7 '10 at 11:13
I edited the question with more info on filtering in newsbeuter. Hope this helps. – mrucci Mar 7 '10 at 14:11

I don't understand what you need. Yahoo Pipes can filter the original feed and publish to a new RSS, which you can display in Google Reader.

Here's a good article that gives 6 Ways to Filter Your RSS Feeds.

Indeed... but the question is after a RSS feed reader that can do the same thing but without yahoo pipes, by supporting filtering and/or scripting itself... – Egon Willighagen Jan 9 '10 at 10:27

Feed Notifier is an RSS pop-up notifier (not a full-blown RSS reader) that supports keyword filtering, which you could probably use to filter out everything but the "new connections" on LinkedIn.

Disclaimer: I am the developer of this app


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