Since Google’s big announcement in March about shutting down Reader on July 1st, I have been diligently trying different RSS Readers trying to find one that would be the best replacement for the beloved reader that I’m so attached to. I have hundreds of blogs in my reader that I read on a daily basis. After months of trying out over 10 different readers, I’ve come to the conclusion that none of them are perfect. They all are missing something I desire.
Here are my lists of alternatives you could use, and the one that I will probably end up using.
- Readers that are similar to Google Reader: If you are looking for a reader that is similar in style and functions, I would suggest either TheOldReader.com or BlogLines.com both of these are similar and your google reader subscriptions can be transferred easily over with just a click. However, both of these also do not have any mobile apps, as of yet. So if you read your subscriptions on a phone or tablet as well (which I do) then these readers are not for you.
- Readers for mobile users: If you’re looking for a sleek, magazine style reader for your mobile phone or tablet, I would recommend Google Currents or Flipboard. However, if you would like a reader for your desktop as well, then these readers are not for you.
- Promising Readers that I had technical difficulties with:
FeedReader.com is one that looked very promising but for some reason every time I tried to import my subscriptions from Google Reader, it would time out and never load them. I have tried this numerous times over the past several weeks and it never seemed to work for me.
Imotiv is another reader that I actually really loved. I loved how it is more like a community of bloggers and how easy it is to share your feeds with your friends and others. I would have stuck to using this reader, however I had major issues with the site and the mobile app, it was just soooo slow. It took forever to do anything at times and I know it wasn’t my internet as it was at different times, days and locations. I am keeping my account with imotiv though and will continue to attempt to use it. Hopefully their speed issues will improve as time goes by.
- Upcoming Readers that sound promising: There is much noise and expectations about the upcoming reader from Digg. Unfortunately the Digg Reader has not been officially launched yet but I am excited to see all the features it will offer.
- The Reader I will end up using: Although I am not 100% happy with Feedly, this is the one I will end up using..for now. You can easily import your subscriptions from Google Reader and it also has a fast and easy mobile app to accompany the desktop version. I was able to setup all of my feeds under different categories and have them all organized. It also provides several different layouts to view the feed. I usually alternate between the title only and magazine layout. It’s not perfect and there are a few things I could change about it, but in my opinion it is the fastest and easiest reader to adapt to and start working with right away.
Here are some ways you can subscribe to or follow StrawberrySingh.com.
- RSS Feed Address for StrawberrySingh.com – Feed that link into whichever reader you end up using.
- Follow this blog via email – Click the “Follow” button on the bottom right corner of this page or check out the sidebar for the “Subscribe to Blog via Email” widget and sign up.
- Facebook Page – Every post I write is shared on my Facebook page, you can hit the like button and follow me on facebook.
- Google+ Page – This blog has a Google+ Page where I share all of the posts. Feel free to +1 and circle the page on Google+.
- Follow me on Twitter – I tweet each post along with tweeting whatever pops into my head on a daily basis.
Google Reader will disappear on July 1st! Which RSS Reader do you use or are planning to switch to once Google Reader dies? If you don’t use an RSS Reader, how do you keep up with your favorite blogs?