It’s inexplicably saddening that the popular news reader, Google Reader would be shut down on the first of July as announced yesterday by the company. CNN describes the reader as “one of the best-known feeds through which users can pull together their favorite Web content in one place”
However, there are other alternatives to the news reader, just in case you’re pretty worried about what would be come of your feeds and how you will stay up-to-date.
Do you want to wait till the 1st of July to sort yourself out or would you rather start to test other alternatives and services out there and get familiar with them? Well, i’d advise you to do the later.
The first thing you’ll need to do is to find yourself a new reader. There are a few of them out there. NetVibes is one of the most popular web reader, offering a Google Reader-like interface as well as a snazzy iGoogle-like homepage.
NewsBlur is also a great option, with an interface that’s very similar to Google Reader (and arguably a little more polished). You create an account with them, subscribe to your favorite sites, and can read them on any computer. They even have Android and iOS apps that’ll sync your feeds, too.
Feedly is popular, but definitely different than Google Reader. Its interface is less traditional and a bit more “newspaper-like,” but it’s very pretty. You can, however, get a more traditional Reader-like interface if you prefer. You need to download a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox to use it, but you’ll be able to sync your feeds between browsers and even to Feedly’s mobile apps.
LifeHacker mentioned The Old Reader as a great alternative, and it is! In fact, its design is based of Google Reader’s before the recent redesign, so it’s a fantastic option to check out if you’re looking for something familiar.
You could employ the use of a desktop-based newsreader as opposed to the ones above (cloud-based). Desktop readers often offer many more features than their web-based counterparts, but with one big downside: all desktop apps currently sync with Google Reader. That means, unless the developers get it syncing with a different service, you’ll only be able to read your feeds on the machine you used to subscribe to them. There are a few options that you could try out as well. Mac users should check out the beautiful, feature-packed Reeder. If you do most of your reading on your phone or tablet, you might try some of the Android- or iOS-based feed readers as well.
Then you should download your Google Feed and import into whichever RSS reader you choose. The downloaded material will be an xml file. You’ve still got until July to figure out which RSS reader you want to move to, so try a few different services out and see what you like. Hopefully, by the time July rolls around, some of the desktop apps might even have other options for syncing to the cloud. In the meantime, join us in the discussions below and share your favorite non-Google RSS reader.