Six alternatives to Google Reader
[update, 5/10/13 – I’m replacing Google Reader with Feedly]
The 800-pound gorilla Google announced last Wednesday that Google Reader, their service for following blogs and other kinds of RSS feeds, will disappear on July 1, 2013. The stated reasons are that usage has declined and the company wants to put its energy into fewer products. Translation: “we’re not making any money on it and RSS is not as sexy as Goggles.”
Many services are offering themselves as replacements and providing directions for changing over. The chart below lists six of the commonly mentioned alternatives. A checked mobile platform indicates that an app is available (web-only titles should also work in a mobile device browser). Click the link under “Migrate” to learn how to convert your Google Reader data.
|The Old Reader||√||Yes||Free|
The oddly named “Data Liberation Front” provides a utility called Google Takeout that will export your Reader data (subscriptions, subscribers, likes, favorites, etc.). I found it to be very straightforward.
Some of the alternative services were experiencing overloads last week as anxious users began to flock away from Google Reader. When I uploaded the subscription list I got from Google Takeout to The Old Reader, it told me 29,000 people ahead of me…. Be patient while everyone gears up.
Many people follow this blog through Google Reader. If you are one of them, we will do our best to contact you and provide alternative subscription choices over the coming months. I will also be exploring alternative reader services for personal use – and sharing what I learn here.