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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 at 0:55
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I wrote an application that does exactly what you asked for.

http://www.feednotifier.com/

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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
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@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
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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
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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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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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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
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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: addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/3977#reviews –  Jon Tackabury Jul 21 '09 at 12:29
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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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