Google Reader Alternatives

Google has announced that it’s shutting down Google Reader because the thing’s not turning a profit. After dominating the reader neighbourhood for many a long year, its loss has understandably left people wandering around like headless chickens wondering how on earth they’re going to survive.

Fear not! I have asked my faithful Twitter followers, many of whom are lovely nerdy geeky tech people, what they’ll be using instead and compiled a list for your convenience. Aren’t I nice? 😀 There actually weren’t many suggestions, which is perhaps indicative of how completely Google bulldozes over competition when it launches its own services, but I was able to gather a few suggestions. – You can try newsblur from their site without logging in, and if you decide you like it, you can then register. It features real-time RSS pushing, shows content in context, lets you share feeds with friends on your public ‘blurblog’, and you can train the reader to hide stories you won’t like and highlight the ones you will.

It’s available on the web, iPhone, iPad and Android for free, but has a few features you can unlock with a Premium account. The free account lets you subscribe to 64 sites, only shows you 10 stories at a time, allows only private shares and Shiloh the dog goes hungry (!). The Premium version (a mere $1 a month) removes all these restrictions, gives you site updates ten times as often, and Shiloh gets some tasty healthy food. – I may be mistaken here, but it looks like Flipboard is an app only available on the App Store and Google Play – so no desktop / web version. They DO have a handy article on saving your Google Reader RSS feeds, though.

Google Currents – Available on the Play store for Android devices which ‘delivers beautiful magazine-like editions to your tablet and smartphone for high speed and offline reading’. Many high-profile magazines / papers like Tech Crunch, Forbes and The Guardian have produced editions especially for Currents. – Perhaps the most well-known of alternatives to Google Reader is available on the App Store, on Google Play, Kindle, and as a free Chrome app. Feedly have also announced that they’re helping users smoothly migrate from Reader to their own new Normandy service which is a clone of the Google Reader API and runs on the Google App Engine.

I had a few more alternatives from @Dinnerbone; – Currently in beta, but claims to be ‘just like the old Google Reader, but better’. You can sign in from Facebook or Google and can import  your feeds from Google Reader. They’re working on a mobile app, on improving friend suggestions, and are conservative about how much spam they send to your Facebook page.

Blinkfeed – Looks like this is an HTC-only app, Blinkfeed ‘combines your social channels with news content from our partners to generate a personalized feed that shows you uniquely relevant content every time you turn on your phone.’ Available in 16 languages, boasting more than 10,000 news feeds per day. It doesn’t look like you can turn it off on your HTC, but you CAN unsubscribe from all feeds and move it to another screen, and apparently data consumption is minimal anyway. – Import your Google Reader feeds via OPML, blacklist domains to prevent spam, organise feeds into groups, supports cron-based feed refreshing, keyboard shortcuts, automatic updating, fluid and fixed-width layout options. FeedAFever ‘takes the temperature’ of your feeds and shows you what’s ‘hottest’ based on most frequently talked about – this actually works better the more feeds you follow. Integrates with Fluid app for Mac OS X. Fever costs $30, and there’s no ‘try before you buy’ but there is a demo video. Minor updates will be free to licenced users and major updates will be discounted. Fever is browser-based and *might* work via Webkit on Android, but it’s not supported.

Got any more suggestions? Drop ’em in the comments and I’ll update the post!