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March 13, 2013

With Google shutting down Google Reader, we break down the top alternatives

With Google shutting down Google Reader, we break down the top alternatives

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Were you disappointed at the news that Google will soon kill its RSS service, Google Reader? If so, you aren't alone. Fortunately, you have until July 1 to find a worthy alternative. Read on, as we break down the best Google Reader replacements.

Twitter

Twitter can do double duty as an RSS service

Twitter’s popularity played an indirect – but crucial – role in the demise of Google Reader. Though Twitter’s focus is on social interaction, it can also serve as an RSS replacement.

Nearly every news source – including Gizmag – tweets new posts immediately after publishing. To use Twitter as a Google Reader alternative, create a separate account (apart from your social account) that you only use for news feeds. Follow your favorite sites, then browse your feeds on Twitter’s website or in any Twitter-integrated app (like Flipboard, see below).

The biggest downside to the Twitter-as-RSS approach is that the company has been cracking down on third-party apps that use its API. So there’s no guarantee that any given third-party Twitter app will still be in the game a year from now.

Twitter

Feedly

Feedly is a magazine-like reader app with a contingency plan

Feedly is a magazine-like app that connects to your Google Reader account. That could have spelled doom for Feedly, but the company announced that it already has a plan in place for the Google Reader apocalypse.

Feedly says that if you sign into its service (available for web browsers and mobile devices) with your Google Reader account before July 1, your feeds will automatically transfer to Feedly’s own upcoming RSS service. The change will all occur on the back end, so your front end experience should be seamless.

Feedly

Flipboard

Flipboard offers its own curated feeds, but also connects to your social feeds

Flipboard is the most popular of the magazine-like content aggregator apps. In addition to its own curated feeds, it connects with a variety of social networks that can collect news feeds – including Twitter, Facebook, and Google+.

For many readers, though, Flipboard's lack of a web or desktop client will be a deal-breaker. At least for now, it's iOS and Android only.

Flipboard

NewsBlur

NewsBlur closely resembles the Google Reader web interface

If you want your Reader alternative to look and feel a lot like Google Reader, then NewsBlur is worth a look. Available on the web, iOS, and Android, it lets you easily import your Google Reader feeds and enjoy them in a traditional RSS layout.

The biggest downside is that – at least right now – the service only works with its own apps. So if you aren’t crazy about its interface, it doesn't play nice with any third-party alternatives.

NewsBlur

Pulse

Pulse presents your feeds in image-centric rows of tiles

Now owned by LinkedIn, Pulse is a feed-reader along the lines of Flipboard. Its interface, though, is less magazine-like, focusing instead on rows of tiles.

Pulse serves as something of a standalone RSS service, letting you manually select your favorite sources, which sync across Pulse’s web and mobile apps. Unfortunately, though, Pulse no longer lets you directly import your old Google Reader feeds.

Pulse

Taptu

Taptu offers an attractive interface for your feeds

Taptu presents feeds in a slick layout that’s similar to Pulse’s. It lets you enter feeds manually, import them from Google Reader, or – much like Flipboard – browse your followed Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Taptu

Reeder or FeedDemon

Reeder is a Google Reader client for Mac and iOS that will live on after Reader dies

Reeder is one of the best RSS clients on the Mac and iOS. Right now, it relies exclusively on Google Reader for feeds, but its developers say that a plan is already in the works for the app to survive long after Reader is dead.

FeedDemon is a similar app that runs on Windows. Its developer also confirmed a plan to break free from the Google Reader chains and continue offering the app for free.

Reeder, FeedDemon

The Early Edition 2

The Early Edition 2 delivers your news in a newspaper layout for the iPad

The Early Edition 2 is an iPad-only feed reader that presents your news in a newspaper layout. Though it integrates with Google Reader, it doubles as a standalone RSS service; so it’s poised to survive the Reader-pocalypse.

The fact that it's confined to the iPad, though, limits its appeal as a full RSS solution for many readers.

The Early Edition 2

The Old Reader

The Old Reader is a hat-tip to the socially-integrated Google Reader of old

When Google removed Reader’s social features, a throng of loyalists longed for the Reader that once was. So they created their own replacement. The Old Reader lets you import your Google feeds and connect socially via Facebook and Google+.

Unlike Google Reader, though, The Old Reader doesn't serve as an API for other apps and services. It also doesn't (yet) have a native mobile app. So it's web only here.

The Old Reader

What else?

Do you have any Google Reader replacement solutions that we left out? Join the conversation in the comments below.

About the Author
Will Shanklin Will Shanklin is Gizmag's Mobile Tech Editor, and has been part of the team since 2012. Will has a Master's degree from U.C. Irvine and a Bachelor's from West Virginia University. He currently lives in New Mexico with his wife, Jessica.
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19 Comments

Need to double my staff to "2" Employees to qualify as best in anything.

Robert DuBois
14th March, 2013 @ 01:09 am PDT

This is bad news. The Reader is great, and is one of the really basic tools that makes my day much easier. Please Google, rethink!!!

Martin Rutgersson
14th March, 2013 @ 02:58 am PDT

This shows the commitment of Google for innovation and changing Google for as per current environment. Indian companies should learn from Google. BR// Vipul Tiwari

Ankur Singh
14th March, 2013 @ 05:07 am PDT

What this shows is that I've become way too dependent on Google. I've got my mail there and documents and photos and I checked my regular websites through Reader.

If it can close Reader, it can close anything else too and it sucks to have to transfer all that content.

Another reason to stick with Dropbox for my back ups...

Alex Hallatt
14th March, 2013 @ 06:38 am PDT

Hi Will, would love to be included as an alternative. If you used Reader (or iGoogle) to skim headlines, please give Skim.Me (http://skim.me) a shot. We're a startup releasing to the public soon to help you keep up at a glance.

Clinton Wu
14th March, 2013 @ 07:15 am PDT

Dave Winer - the man behind RSS - is recommending as alternative

- Spundge

https://twitter.com/davewiner/status/312189680219197440

Other RSS feed reader recommendations are

- Good Noows

http://goodnoows.com/

- Reader2000

http://www.reader2000.com/

- HiveMined

http://hivemined.org/

- Prismatic

http://getprismatic.com/

- Taptu

https://www.taptu.com/

- Feedreader

http://www.feedreader.com/

- Netvibes

http://netvibes.com/

- Bloglines

http://bloglines.com/

- NetNewsWire

http://netnewswireapp.com/

- ManagingNews

http://managingnews.com/

trendspotter
14th March, 2013 @ 09:31 am PDT

RSS Bandit is another suggestion.

pat100
14th March, 2013 @ 09:31 am PDT

FeedDemon is no longer supporting Google Feed synchronization, but as a stand-alone RSS program, I've found it quite capable. The worst aspect of it is that it does not allow an alternative browser to be assigned to display the pages, and the developer is ceasing development of the program entirely.

The feature I like best is that it presents the information in an e-mail-like format. Folders and feeds on the left column, single line entries on top right and full page below. Many email programs display messages in a nearly identical manner. Not many feed readers have the layout and those that do, don't have some minor refinements.

FeedDemon gets a thumbs-up from me.

fred_dot_u
14th March, 2013 @ 10:07 am PDT

I have no attachment to Google reader as an RSS reader (generally I dislike all of Google's products), but there's a secondary role it provides that's not related to its interface: acting as a broker between multiple RSS clients, so if I read something in NetNewsWire, it gets marked as read in MobileRSS etc. That's a function I will miss, and (as far as I know) there isn't a sensible replacement for that.

Synchro
14th March, 2013 @ 10:24 am PDT

here is a huge list with 100 Google Reader alternatives for all operating systems + mobile readers + web based readers + email readers:

http://www.rss-readers.org/list-of-rs-feed-reader/

this link should be in the article to give the users even more help.

Kevin Görner
14th March, 2013 @ 11:24 am PDT

This is really bad news..

Google Reader has been my number 1 piece of internet software and loved the fact that any computer with internet access allows me to keep up with my favourite sites!

Now looking around for an alternative, but most seem separate apps that you install.

Most promising now is old Reader. Newsblur as second but its a premium service for more than basic amount of feeds.

Paul Dutch Sandkuijl
14th March, 2013 @ 12:19 pm PDT

If what you want is the ability to skim large #s of headlines, organize lots of feeds, label them, tag articles for later reading in one fast unobtrusive "no magazine layout" reader, SwarmIQ is your choice.

Sign up at http://www.swarmiq.com/register/GOOGLEREADERISDEAD , click on the Google reader icon to get all your feeds, and get up and running straight away.

"Surprise" disclosure: I'm on the team that built this site :-) Also, we don't have "Google Alerts" type functionality yet.

Gautam Sampathkumar
14th March, 2013 @ 01:57 pm PDT

Worth watching - http://readapp.com/ - touting themselves as a "Simple Replacement for Google Reader"

Grayson Koonce
14th March, 2013 @ 05:58 pm PDT

If you are looking for a alternative, have a look at http://Totally.Me which shows all your new headlines (RSS) and social media updates into one experience!

Arjan de Raaf
15th March, 2013 @ 12:40 pm PDT

Something a little different to Google Reader is Rivered: http://rivered.io

Instead of treating RSS like Email (who wants another 'unread count' pressurising them?) it treats it as a river (like Twitter) and you can just scroll through skimming content you're interested in.

Easy to import from Google Reader too via Takeout.

And because you have to pay for it, it's not going to sell your data, show you adverts, or shut down just because.

David Somers
13th April, 2013 @ 02:26 am PDT

hey guys, you can also try http://ReaderLine.com, it's very similar to google reader with a cool design.

Michael Pal
29th May, 2013 @ 08:20 am PDT

An other nice alternative is http://www.todaynews.info

John King
9th June, 2013 @ 01:23 pm PDT

I am using http://silverreader.com and it is damn fast (5x faster than Feedly)

Its also packed with features and have clean and nice look.

You should check it out it is free.

Ned Walsh
1st July, 2013 @ 11:23 pm PDT

Users can try PortalPanel.com. I believe , it is one of the most professional online web bookmarking in the market and RSS Reader and an awesome homepage:

1) You can control your famous social networks.

2) Stores, labels and helps organize bookmarks with a unique link scanning feature that produces a picture thumbnail of each bookmarked page.

3) Creating Instagram Album

4) Calendar

5) Free Auto Update RSS Reader

6) Library app is an old-fashioned (in the best way possible) information repository organized by country, region and/or state, and category.

It is a perfect homepage for your daily browsing.

Siren SL
3rd January, 2014 @ 05:29 am PST
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