You can imagine the scene when I logged into Google Reader this morning to be greeted with a pop-up saying Reader will close on 1st July…
I LIVE in Google Reader, it’s how I read so many blogs online. With 261 subscriptions in folders ranging from blogging to marketing to SEO, Google Reader is perhaps my most organised and most used tool online. Hair tearing and teeth gnashing wasn’t the half of it, the air turned blue! I am an RSS junkie! I know many others are too.
Google’s Alan Green posted the announcement on the Google Reader Blog saying;
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
Google reader may not be the sexiest platform on the web, but it works and is incredibly useful. So what are the Google Reader alternatives? I spent the morning finding out…
Google Reader Alternatives
Feedly already integrates with Google’s API and state in their blog post that if you sign up with Feedly before July 1st then the transition will be painless. I hope it is! Feedly is available for Firefox and mobile both Android and iOS.
Since a lot of my Twitter updates come from articles I have read in Google Reader, I will be using the Feedly feature to tweet what I read!
This is mobile only for Android and iOS. My Local Business Online blog and YouTube channel is available through Currents if mobile reading and watching is what floats your boat. Subscribe from your phone or tablet here. With Reader dying, no doubt this app will become more popular.
Not every blog you read will be available though. If you want to publish your blog through Currents, you need to use Chrome and create an account at https://www.google.com/producer/home
Newsblur is a nifty looking RSS reader available on the web and mobile. There’s a “Blur Blog” where you can share stories with other readers too.
This does have a free option but with a limit of 64 sites and 10 stories at a time it’s not for me. The premium upgrade is $1 per month, which made me think, “What’s the point in that?” Obviously that is worth paying if this reader is your cup of tea.
I can’t see an easy way to share to Twitter and other social sites and it’s slow to load – perhaps because of the mass exodus from Google Reader. I’ll need to come back to this reader later.
Bloglines has been around forever (or so it seems!) and if you’re in the States has a great “local” service too that brings you news from sites and blogs around your city. The standard Bloglines Reader will pick up the news feed from blogs anywhere.
It’s free to sign up and you can import an xml feed. Lovely and functional with the option to be in widgets (pretty picture) or reader (a list) mode. Not sure how I can Tweet articles I like from here yet.
Read all your feeds and listen to podcasts too. Feed Reader has a web based version or you can download a Windows client. Free to use, but I was unable to get past the capcha code to try it out. I don’t have the time to sit fighting with it.
A free reader with premium upgrade. The free version is quite restricted with not even a simple search, so not for me. Premium upgrade is out of my budget at $499 per month, but may be useful for some users with the analytics and curation features.
Taptu allows import of Google Reader feeds, but once Reader disappears they won’t be available. As a reader it’s gone for the pretty picture look, personally I’d rather have a plain list. Adding feeds isn’t as simple as typing in the URL and auto-detecting the feed, and as yet I haven’t found how I can add custom streams not through Google Reader… One to watch though!
Currently in beta and looks lovely – by that I mean no pretty pictures. There’s an option to import feeds, however the load at the moment meant I couldn’t see how easy that was. Log in with Facebook or Google, free to use.
Another pretty picture style reader and really frustrating to add feeds individually. First, you need to search for the site then scroll until you find it in the results it produces. Not for me who has 100’s of feeds!
Keep Google Reader Running
If you will miss Google Reader, there’s a petition to keep Google Reader running over at Change.org Will Google listen? Somehow I doubt it!
You can also export your Google Reader data from http://www.dataliberation.org/google/reader
Over to you…
Will you miss Google Reader? What alternative will you use?9 Google Reader Alternatives to Manage Your RSS Subscriptions by Jan Kearney