Google recently announced that as of July 1, 2013 Google Reader will be shot down. According to Google the reason for this is that ”the usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products”.
For those of us using Google Reader on a regular basis for collecting and monitoring news posted online this is bad news. Luckily, many similar RSS client services can help you in the Google Reader afterlife.
Before you make the transaction, you should remember to get a copy of your Google Reader data to make sure you will not miss any important news. You can easily download a list of the e.g. people you follow, people following you, notes you have created and items shared by people you follow.
I have collected a small list of RSS client services similar to Google Reader. Please share in a comment what RSS client service you prefer using and feel free to share this article with your friends.
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Feedly – MORE INFO
With feedly you can organize your favorite blogs, news sites, podcasts and YouTube channels and access them all in one place (or sync with Google Reader). The service offers integration with browsers, iOS and Android for fast and user-friendly access to your feeds.
RSS Owl – MORE INFO
RSSOwl is a free and powerful news feed reader. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize and search news in a convenient, easy to use interface with endless flexibility.
The Old Reader – MORE INFO
The ultimate social RSS reader. It’s like the old Google reader. It allows you to browse your daily dose of content with that very special bit shared by your friends, with notes and comments
Netvibes – MORE INFO
Monitor and analyze everything on a single platform with Netvibes. Now you can eliminate noise and get smarter, more relevant results by combining powerful adaptive analytics with expert human curation. And unlike “black box” analytics, the Open Corpus keeps you in complete control, while our award-winning SmartReader makes it easy to monitor hundreds of sources in real-time.
Feed A Fever – MORE INFO
Fever reads your feeds and picks out the most frequently talked about links from a customizable time period. Unlike traditional aggregators, Fever works better the more feeds you follow. By default Fever hides unread counts to spare you unsavory unread item guilt but sometimes you want to keep an eye on those climbing numbers. Control unread counts on a global, group or feed level.
Blog Lines – MORE INFO
Bloglines is the fastest way to find and track your favorite websites and blogs in real-time. Easily customize your dashboard with multiple view options, drag and drop organization, and exclusive widgets. Get the latest news on all your interests and trending topics exactly the way you want it.
News Blur – MORE INFO
NewsBlur is a personal news reader bringing people together to talk about the world. RSS updating is real time, stories are directly pushed.
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