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I am looking for a tiny windows app that will sit in my system tray and check certain RSS feeds periodically, upon new RSS update the items should be displayed as pop-up (or balloons).

There are quite a few full-features RSS readers out there that do that, but I am only looking for this notification feature and would like to spend as little resources as possible for it.

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If I do this, my productivity goes from 25% to like 4% – ino Jul 21 '09 at 11:09
Try to setup alert for your freelancing job ;) – swdev Mar 19 '14 at 0:55
If you're currently using Windows 10, please refer to my answer at: – SepehrM Sep 26 '15 at 22:05

I wrote an application that does exactly what you asked for.

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Seems to work great, nice job! Perfect for monitoring my superuser questions! – Znarkus Jul 15 '10 at 12:38
Awesome. Thanks for writing this. – Fergal May 19 '11 at 1:03
@FogleBird if you could add the ability to stack the feeds much like Alertbear does, this would be the ideal RSS notifier app. – SiegeX Jul 20 '11 at 3:22
It would be great if it could integrate google reader! :) – Dragouf Aug 30 '11 at 8:09
I really like the feednotifier, but I have experienced some problems with it not displaying the right items from my feed. But other readers does. – Chau Oct 25 '11 at 9:10

Way back when, I used Abilon, which popped up every 10 minutes(I think) doing exactly as you describe. I stopped using it when I noticed my productivity dropping through the floor.

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Here's a list I made, when I checked out different notifiers for my private rss feed:

  • Sharpreader: Download 800KB, In memory 42MB (popup tested & works)
  • Feednotifier: Download 7MB, In memory 37MB. (popup tested & works)
  • Google Reader Notifier: Download 200KB, In memory 24MB. (does not support private rss feeds)
  • Fuzzyduck: Download 4MB, In memory 14MB (does not support private rss feeds)
  • Abilon: Download 600KB, In memory 13MB
  • Klipfolio: Download 2MB, In memory 7MB (does not support private rss feeds, popup tested & works)
  • Rssnotifier seems to be dead.
  • Enigma Desktop seems a bit overkill.

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need to include links to the software, @jous. – studiohack May 18 '11 at 18:32
@studiohack I noticed they're all applications mentioned in the previous answers to this question. – 8088 May 19 '11 at 5:26

Google Reader Notifier for Windows is the standalone version for Google Reader. You do not need Firefox for this and it sits in the system tray.

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I use Feed Notifier.

It's light, simple, and it support RSS feeds with authentication, like Basecamp feeds...

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Google Reader Notifier as a firefox plugin

I know it is not a windows app but it is the smallest... RSSOwl can be a good option but full feature tool.

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I use Chrome though, not firefox :( – user3115 Jul 21 '09 at 10:08
Just a heads-up: Google Reader Notifier is packed with ad/spyware: – Jon Tackabury Jul 21 '09 at 12:29

You could give Klipfolio a try.

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Part of the Engima Desktop is an RSS reader overlay on your desktop. This way you can have a persistent view of your feeds, even if you miss the balloon pop-up.

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