I have never been that into RSS feeds in the past, but today I find them extremely useful. I’ve used Google Reader on and off, and it is certainly a great place to get your RSS feeds. The problem for me was that I didn’t log in often enough, and ended up marking all the news as being read, just to avoid a tsunami of new messages. The Mail app included in Mac OS X 10.5 got me into using it as a RSS reader. I used it for a while to get feeds from my favorite places. It did the job fine.
Lately, since I started using Entourage for my email, I decided to get myself a standalone RSS reader. I downloaded the free NewsFire app for Mac. It’s terrific. It’s lightning fast, and I’ve found that all of its default preferences are spot on. I particularly like it that every time I copy a RSS feed URL in my web browser, then switch over to NewsFire, the program is ready to subscribe to the new feed without naming it or hitting Paste! If you own a Mac and like to keep track of the latest site feeds, I highly recommend it.