No doubt, you’re aware of the fact that Google Reader has shut down, but what you might not know is that there are a great deal of alternatives out there. I’ve been contributing to this great list over on Github, but the number of new RSS Readers I’m finding has outstripped my ability to update that list. Also, I wanted to take it further and add more specific data about how each tool is used. So, here’s my attempt at a big list of Google Reader alternatives. If you have anything to add, please either contact me or comment at the end of this article. Check back often as I update it with more details.
When we first found out about Google’s plan to shut down its Reader product, many of us who used the tool were shocked and disappointed. Surely Google knew that many of the same people who were power users and promote the work they did – also used the very powerful and capable Reader tool to read and discover news? Well, barring a last-minute reprieve, we’re going to lose Google Reader on July 1st. This is an account of some of what I’ve done to replace this important and useful tool during these months – and tool I eventually settled on.
Google Reader is in the news as the July 1st deadline approaches very quickly. Users are scrambling and a large number of interesting contenders are popping up with RSS Readers to fill the gap left by Google. Today, I gained access to the beta of AOL’s new RSS reader simply called AOL Reader. Based on screenshots I’ve seen, AOL’s interface looked very similar to Google Reader’s and I was hoping this tool would stack up well as a worthy replacement.
With Google Reader’s demise now just around the corner, I’ve been actively looking for a replacement feed reader that can handle the kind of volume Google did. This is really no easy task, because most of the feed readers today exist to make the feed look pretty, not improve efficiency I’ve recently settled into TT-RSS, but have been open to finding that one RSS reader that suits my needs perfectly. Today, an invite came in for a new reader called FluxReader. While this is still in beta, and much will likely change, I wanted to get a good feel for whether this tool could be a worthy Google Reader replacement.
As you may (or may not) know, popular aggregator site Digg is working on an RSS reader tool to replace the soon-to-be-dead Google Reader. I’m following Digg’s developments with some interest, looking forward to see what they come up with. I don’t think that we have much out there for power users beyond that of Tiny Tiny RSS. Today, Digg released results from a survey they sent out to the over 17,0000 users that showed interest in what they were working on. Incredibly, 8,000 people responded to this survey (including myself) and created some very interesting data about how users think of Google Reader.
In a recent blog post about “spring cleaning” Google, rather slyly included a point that they’d be closing the RSS reading tool called Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. As you probably know from reading other articles here, I’m a big fan of the tool. In fact, it’s one of the only things I use and have running on a daily basis. When I heard the news that this was happening, I checked to see if it was April 1st (nope) and then sat stunned that Google would retire such an essential tool without alternatives. While Google isn’t offering it, I’m going to give you some alternatives to ease the sting of losing this great tool.
Google Reader users are among the most blighted (and many would say the more well-informed). Those that have stayed with the product understand the value of using RSS (Rich Site Summary) to quickly read over a large number of articles the web to keep up with the massive explosion of information. With Google Reader, those of us that are heavy web users had a tool that made us more productive. But, Google Reader was never a superstar product with Google. Losing features like social sharing and being forced into the Google+ fold made it more apparent that the product was not high priority. Those looking for other options were (for the most part) out of luck. Recently, I came across an interesting alternative called The Old Reader that has the same look and feel of the product many of us use daily.
On Monday July 26, 2004 I published this article on my blog. It predates Google’s current Reader product by some time. I’ve always been a fan of using RSS – writing about it a number of times before. As always, I will go back and look at my work, with annotations in red.
Information is out there in abundance. By any measure we are overloaded with information about different ideas and news items without any real structure. The Internet has simply exploded with information and ideas from people. If you go to one news site, you may see completely different news stories than you would at another – not to mention not finding what you’re looking for at either one of them. There is a way to see more information in a more personalized manner.
The RSS Reading “community” is still talking about the proposed changes in Google Reader (expected today). I, too, am interested in how this new Reader product is going to look and wether this new product will be usable as the Google Reader we’re used to today. I did want to talk about what this will mean for me, an avid Google Reader user and why the kind of FUD out there is probably not warranted. Heck, there’s even a petition to stop these changes.
RSS is dead. Or so they say. I disagree, but then that’s not what this blog is about. If you’re a regular user of Google’s Reader utility, you are more than aware of some if it’s limitations as well as benefits. On of the core uses to Google Reader is to read a heck of allot of news items in a very short amount of time. Today, I wanted to look at some of the methods I use to get through lots of Google reader items – as fast as possible.