Goodbye Google Reader: Here are five RSS alternatives

Goodbye Google Reader: Here are five RSS alternatives

Summary: Google may be closing down its Reader RSS services from 1 July, but that isn't the end of the RSS party. Here are four cloud-based alternatives and one desktop option all waiting to keep you in touch with the news.

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  • Netvibes

    Netvibes' free RSS reader product is also another alternative to Reader worth checking out, and like Feedly has also been around since 2008.

    Unlike Feedly there's no simple import route in Netvibes for integrating your Google Reader subscriptions. Instead, you need to export your Reader subscriptions as a .ZIP file, extract them to find the 'Subscriptions.xml' file and then import that into Netvibes.

    On the positive side, once imported you have the option of having the content displayed like Reader in the traditional way (pictured) or as widgets across the screen, like the iGoogle homepage.

    It is also available for the iPad, iPhone and on Android, and includes an offline reader mode.

  • Skimr

    Skimr is the least like a traditional RSS feed of all the cloud-based options in this list. Rather than display content in a main panel with a list of subscriptions down the side of the page, Skimr presents the chosen 'skims' (an individual subscription) or a list of all skims (all subscriptions).

    New sites can be added by URL, browsing Skimr's directory, or by uploading a previously exported OPML (Outline Processor Markup Language) file.

    It may be little surprise to learn that as Skimr looks more like a mobile-optimised site than a desktop site, there are no native apps for the service, but it will work happily in most mobile browsers.

  • Readefine

    Readefine is the only desktop RSS reader client on this list, and for good reason — put simply, most people prefer a cloud-based service they can access from anywhere.

    However, there are still users that prefer to have their news delivered to their desktop, and for those people, Readefine might be worth considering.

    Readefine's layout is a little different to most, choosing to display categories horizontally across the top of the screen and with a newspaper column style layout taking most of the page.

    Clicking through to an individual article displays it in full screen, where you have the option to star it for later reading or share it through a variety of social networks or email.

    Readefine is available to download for free on Windows, Mac or Linux.

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  • Thanks!

    I was surprised to see the notice this morning that Google Reader was being retired. I am not very tech savvy and didn't know what the other top Reader-type services were. Before I even had time to think about it your article was posted (and featured on Google News), I signed up for Feedly and I'm good to go. Everything transferred seamlessly. Thanks a lot!
    yeceer
    • feedly

      Ditto here.
      susanaii
  • Feedly seems to be best.

    Feedly seems to be the easiest to migrate to, and their format actually seems pretty good. It uses your existing account with Google, so you don't have to create a new account. And Feedly has announced they're transitioning to their own backend, so they'll continue even when Reader goes down.

    Basically, all you need is to get a Feedly reader (available as a plugin for Chrome/Firefox/Safari, or as an app on iOS/Android), login via your Google account (the one you use with Reader), and you're good to go :).
    CobraA1
  • And Another Google Reader Alternative

    Rolio (http://www.rolio.com) is another alternative to Google Reader which, in addition to RSS, also supports the integration of Facebook and Twitter into your timeline for real-time updates. Rolio also supports the importing of your Google Reader feeds.
    rolio
  • There is also NextGen Reader...

    Available for Windows Phone and Windows 8.
    toph36
  • Thank you!

    Ben, very happy you recommended Skimr! http://www.skimr.co

    Petr, Skimr Co-founder
    skimrss
  • NewzSocial: The next step beyond Google Reader

    If Google wants to drop Google Reader then there are other alternatives with all the Google Reader functionality and more. I would suggest checking out NewzSocial (http://www.newzsocial.com) which has better functionality than Google Reader and cool social news sharing features built in. NewzSocial also has a channel about the end of Google Reader: http://www.newzsocial.com/googlereader/
    NZContentMkt
  • Users need more than just reading

    web based readers that allow users to search and save sites as well as integrate social media feeds will be the wave of the future...

    You should add http://www.vortl.com to the list of browser based readers, it's a new site that goes one step further by being able to do a comprehensive search of sites and automatically add not only RSS, but facebook and twitter feeds of your favorites sites as well.
    xpfree
  • Another Web-Based Option

    Another good option for web-based RSS reader is FeedBin https://feedbin.me/
    pauljmartinez
  • Nuesbyte.com

    http://nuesbyte.com

    I've made this one, would love to hear feedback about it
    7hundredand77
  • RSS readers alternative

    Frankly I've tried so many Google Reader alternatives among RSS readers or News aggregators like Flipboard or Pulse so at the end decided to develop my own vision how news reading service should look like :) And decided to make symbiosis of RSS readers and news aggregators. I'm gonna publish first closed beta within several weeks I'd very appreciate for your subscription and fair try of the product! it's called Newzmate (newzmate.com)
    Alexei Chapko
  • RSS Aggregator

    A new standalone rss aggregator http://www.rssaggregator.com/
    scriptgeni