For a long time I’ve been stuck with the native Google Reader interface to keep track of the news feeds. With its sudden death comes the time to choose a new platform for RSS aggregation.
I’ve been trying out Feedly fow a while now, and I find it quite awesome. Apart from amazing UI, it has all features of a powerful application for both web browsers and mobile devices running iOS and Android. It compiles news feeds from a variety of online sources for the user to customize and share with others.
On its blog Feedly promises seamless transition for Google Reader users:
We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end.
There not much time left, but it’s certainly enough to try out some other alternatives before choosing the final option on July 1st. These are the first that come to mind.
More RSS reader alternatives!
1. Newsblur is a web-based feed reader and one of expected favorites to pick up Google Reader users. They also have web-apps in the works.
2. FeedDemon is a clean and well thought-out approach to reading RSS feeds. Easy to configure and use, FeedDemon still has a very comprehensive feature set. It’s available for Windows users only.
3. RSSOwl compares very favorably with FeedDemon. They both have powerful ways to manage feeds, and several viewing options. RSSOwl’s options seem more flexible.
4. Netvibes is a personalized dashboard publishing platform for the Web composed of widgets that are pulled from a widget list open to third party developers.
5. NewsFire is an RSS newsreader developed by David Watanabe for Mac OS X. It supports Atom, RSS, and Podcasting.
6. NewsGator Online Services make your RSS feed follow you. Using intelligent subscription and item synchronization, you can read news on the web, via POP email, on a mobile device or in NewsGator for Outlook. Unfortunately, the NewsGator Online Services web edition lacks a bit in features and functionality.
There are two other apps worth mentioning. I’ve been using them on MacOS and iOS while Feedly was my choice for the browser. If you are considering Apple-only alternatives as well, check them out. There is a good chance you can delegate the aggregation itself to a feed aggregator and keep enjoying their good looks on various devices.
Surely, I won’t make the final choice in one day and will spend some time researching possible alternatives to the Google Reader. In a few weeks I will publish another post, hopefully containing more options and conclusions about the life after death of Google Reader. Stay tuned!
Note that you can easily export various data from your Google account in json/xml format including RSS subscriptions backup (and later import that into whatever aggregator you like) using Google Takeout. If you are currently using Google Reader, make sure you have this done before July 1st.