You might have already heard the news about Google Reader closing down already. But if you are an avid user of the same, I know how you would miss it once its shut down, because I sure will miss it. So lately I have been trying to find an alternative for Google Reader and I have found my choice. In this post I am going to write down the alternatives to Google Reader which I have found while researching online.
But before we get into this, let me tell you its a good idea to export all the Google Reader subscriptions before Google shuts it down as it won’t be available after than. Here is how to do that. How to backup your Google Reader Data.
So once you have done it read this article on to find out which other reader apps will suit you. Actually there are a lot of RSS readers already on internet. For your informations RSS is the stuff Google Reader uses to show you your favourite news or articles. They have existed always since the RSS was developed. But now that Google has announced the shutdown of their ReaderÂ service, a lot of the similar reader have become famous and many of them even revamped their UI and features to make it more awesome.
Feedly is an awesome Reader service and offer apps for both android and iOS platforms along with their web version. It is one of the most popular Reader services out there and so is my choice. If you like to access your subscriptions from a smart phone, then feedly will amaze you. They provide you a lot of features along with their awesome UI. I can definitely say the UI is a lot prettier than Google’s Reader. It has got its own syncing service which will sync your favourite reader apps. Another good thing about Feedly is, it doesn’t need any browser extension any more.
Here is a screenshot of Feedly’s Web App.
NewsBlur is another awesome reader service, which also offers you Apps on Android and iOS along with their web version reader. Now the main difference here is, instead the stories being displayed in a reader formatted way, this service, lets you read the news directly from the source website itself. So no formatting is lost and you will be able to see how the stories are being shown in the original website. NewsBlur is more like a desktop reader than a web app. The only down side of this one though is the limits on the number of sites which you will be able subscribe. Currently you can subscribe to 64 different sites in the free version. But if you have some money to spend, you can consider buying the premium member ship. This will let you subscribe to unlimited number of websites, get more frequent updates, get you extra security etc..
If you’reÂ fan of simplicity and simple designs, then this one will suit you just perfectly. The UI is very clean, straight forward and simple. There aren’t much features too I must warn you. But some people like simple life, so they might not want the social features, sharing buttons app integration, syncing etc. This reader service is all about that. Here is a screenshot if you would like to see how simple it is.
Now just like there are some people who like simplicity, there are also a lot of people who like to get a visual treat. Pulse is one of those RSS reader which doesn’t imitate Google Reader or similar other readers. Pulse gives you visual treat. The UI is very attractive and the feed is image driven. It fetches the images from the feed and shows the titles as an overlay on the image blocks. Here is a screenshot.
So these are the ones which interested me while I was researching. There are a ton of other readers too, some of them come from news giants like AOL, Digg etc. Here are a few other options for you to consider while trying to find alternatives to Google Reader.
- Digg Reader: In beta now. Register for an early invitation.
- AOL Reader: In beta now. Register for an early invitation.
- The Old Reader: Started the services when Google Reader shut down their social features.
- Tiny Tiny RSS: For all the geeks out there, set up your own RSS Reader service server.
So this sums up my list of Google reader alternatives. I know this is not a huge list, but I guess if you haven’t found your alternative from the above, I am afraid I won’t be able to help you. I have posted Reader Services for several types of people. From people who like simplicity and people who like a lot of features, to people who like a visual treat.
[alert style=”alert-info” title=”Import your subscription data”]Do no forget to import your subscription data which you have exported from Google reader as soon as you sing up with any of these services.[/alert]
Let me know which one you choose from this list. Also if you think I have missed any Awesome Reader Services which you have been using, be sure to let me know too by commenting below.
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