Three Ways To Replace Google Reader

July 1, 2013

new-digg-logoIt’s Monday, Google’s RSS offering, Google Reader, is officially gone. The RSS reader’s demise has been a very long, very public, affair, spurring posts of outrage, confusion and acceptance.

It’s time to move on. Here are three RSS offerings to help sooth your Google Reader needs.

For example, AOL (yes, they’re still around) has a RSS offering named AOL Reader. The system lets users a variety of views, from lists to cards to a pane view. There is, however, a downside to AOL Reader: There’s no mobile version of the application.

Another original Internet player, Digg, has made its own RSS system available to the public after three months in development and only a week in beta testing. The RSS reader requires users to sign into their Google accounts in order to import or upload their Google Reeder feeds or to add feeds manually. Once set up, the service allows users to Digg, share and save stories, but that’s about it for now. Digg was considered one of the stronger candidates to replace Google Reader, but its three-month incubation period wasn’t enough to flesh-out all of its features. The system, undoubtedly, will grow in the future (Betaworks, the company behind Digg Reader has promised Evernote and IFTTT integration, among other things), and will someday marry the growing popularity of social news with the news-junky’s favorite RSS feeds.

Finally, there’s Feedly. Feedly, another RSS-based news reader, has been working around the clock to replace Google Reader as the de-facto RSS consumption model. And it has worked well. The system is free to use, and comes with a web, tablet and mobile phone services. Users can import all of their feeds directly from Google Reader or start anew. Aside from a fully featured system, Feedly is working to support third parties applications as well. As it currently stands, Feedly is one of the best options available.

There are a lot more options out there, and, over time, there’ll be more. But these three applications will likely be the big players in the RSS ecosystem — an ecosystem which used to be dominated by Google. Now it’s someone else’s turn.

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2 Responses to “Three Ways To Replace Google Reader”

  1. Elle Sidell:

    Great suggestions for replacements! You could also try FlowReader: http://flowreader.com/ It’s a reader for your RSS feeds and the newsfeeds from your Facebook and Twitter. (Disclaimer: I am part of the FlowReader team).

    We have an easy one-click importer that will import your feeds from Google Reader and preserve your categories. You can also post directly to your social media accounts from within the application.

    We just recently launched, so we’re working out a few things, but if you haven’t found your replacement yet – it’s worth checking out. Either way, good luck to everyone! I know it’s a tough choice.

  2. Cosmin:

    Hi Michael, have you tried http://www.hinto.co ?

    It’s a free web app that allows you to select which websites content to keep up with and you can seamlessly sign up with Facebook.

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