As most know by now, Google is Killing Google Reader come July 1st, 2013. I know your frustration. Many of us don’t know why, of all services Google decided to get rid of, Google Reader would be on the chopping block, but the truth remains, so we must all find alternatives for RSS readers this summer and beyond.
There are a lot of great RSS readers that you can choose from, and your final choice will come down to how you prefer your RSS feeds to be delivered, formatted, and the features that you might need. From just straight-forward free RSS feeds to more robust RSS feed readers, we have provided some alternatives for you to try out before you make the switch permanently.
This is the RSS reader that I am currently using and leaning towards switching to. I signed up with an account, and was easily able to connect to my current Google Reader account to get a list of all of my feeds. I must say, I do like the interface of the Feedly solution, and it does have a great reputation of being among the favorite news aggregators and news readers.
Sharing news stories via social media through Feedly is very simple, and you can choose just how you want your news feeds presented to you.
Finally, you can use Feedly just about anywhere. There are add-ons available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and mobile apps for iOS, Android and Kindle for reading and sharing your feed data on the go. Check it out at www.feedly.com.
Netvibes is actually marketed as a social media dashboard that can be used to monitor your brand, as well as topics and keywords you want to monitor. If you are looking for purely an RSS reader, the “Netvibes for individuals” is the account for you. You will be able to customize your dashboard using several widgets, or just choose the reader view for the most simple and straight-forward option.
If you are a business looking for the social media dashboard features (which, of course come with a fee), it may be worth checking out the free trial for these versions. In the paid versions, you get more robust features along with reporting capabilities that may prove quite useful to your business.
Lastly, the downside if you are looking to monitor your RSS feeds on the go with your smartphone or tablet, there is a mobile version of Netvibes, but currently, there are no mobile apps.
Again, if you are looking to easily transition from Google Reader, NewsBlur is also a great alternative for an RSS reader. You can easily import your feeds from Google Reader, and the service is free for up to 62 sites, and then there is a small monthly fee for super users ($2). Another cool feature is the ability to follow your Facebook friends, Twitter friends, and email contacts that are also using NewsBlur. If you have a lot of friends and choose to follow them all, you may not be able to get by with the free version. And while on the go, there are Android, iPhone, and iPad apps to accompany your desktop program.
If you are currently using Hootsuite as your Social Media Dashboard, you can install the RSS app and include the stream in your dashboard. This makes for easy monitoring from one place, especially if you spend much of your day using Hootsuite to manage your social media and monitor conversations. Hootsuite also has Android, iPhone and iPad apps and a free version is available.
Do you already know which RSS reader you will switch to? We’d love to here which one is your favorite and why.
Updated Today (May 1st, 2013): Digg has announced that they will be launching a Google Reader replacement in June. The company is currently surveying their customers in order to see what they want and need out of the product, but it looks as if at launch, the service will not be social or free. See the article an CNet here: Digg to release Google Reader replacement beta in June