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Back in September, Microsoft conducted a survey, asking people how they use their RSS readers.

The results are here, and I’ve taken the liberty of translating one of the tables into a graph, just to give you an idea of how fragmented the RSS reader space is:

Igvita has made graphs of most of the other data, including “How many feeds are you subscribed to in your primary RSS reader?”, “On average, how frequently do you open your RSS reader (e.g. to read unread articles, to find an old article)?” and “What time of day do you usually use your RSS reader (check all that apply)?”.

Besides asking questions, they asked participants to submit their OPML reading lists to get data on which feeds were popular. Of the 1,354 respondents, 320 OPML files comprising 40,616 subscribed feeds were received. The top 18:

Blog Subscribers
Playin with IT http://feeds.feedburner.com/PlayinWithIt 106
Official Google Blog http://googleblog.blogspot.com/atom.xml 103
TechCrunch http://feeds.feedburner.com/Techcrunch 99
Joel on Software http://www.joelonsoftware.com/rss.xml 83
Scobleizer – Tech Geek Blogger http://scobleizer.wordpress.com/feed/ 82
Google China Blog http://googlechinablog.com/atom.xml 75
Engadget http://www.engadget.com/rss.xml 73
Chinese Blogbeta http://feeds.feedburner.com/blogbeta/chn 65
A List Apart http://www.alistapart.com/rss.xml 57
Engadget China http://cn.engadget.com/rss.xml 56
Slashdot http://rss.slashdot.org/Slashdot/slashdot 55
Incomplete http://feeds.feedburner.com/Incomplete 53
Particle Tree http://particletree.com/rss/ 52
LaoBai’s Blog http://feeds.feedburner.com/laobaisBlog 51
Solidot http://feeds.feedburner.com/solidot 51
Wang Xiao Feng’s blog http://feeds.feedburner.com/wangxiaofeng 50
Mezzoblue http://www.mezzoblue.com/rss/index.xml 49
Jeffrey Zeldman Presents http://www.zeldman.com/feed/zeldman.xml 49
Bloglines News http://www.bloglines.com/rss/about/news 47
Mini-Microsoft http://minimsft.blogspot.com/atom.xml 46
GSeeker http://www.gseeker.com/index.rss) 46

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