I was totally bummed when I saw this pop up:
not so much because I love Google Reader, but because I know I will have to move all of my RSS feeds elsewhere. So what are our options?
This is a free reader (if you’re following less than 64 feeds, otherwise you need to upgrade to the premium account @ $24/year). It is compatible with iPad, iPhone, and Android.
This is a truly free reader, compatible with iOS and Android, and it boasts a “seamless transition” from Google Reader. It allows you to aggregate not only RSS feeds, but also content from Youtube channels, Tumblr blogs, and podcasts. Individuals who have made the switch like this better than Google Reader, finding the interface cleaner and easier to use. They also note that it will remember the items you starred in Google Reader post-migration.
Feedly is not perfect though. Users complain that it’s difficult to navigate on the Android app, and it doesn’t have a basic text-only list view. Users who like to scroll through content are also disappointed; Feedly requires more clicks to access information than Google Reader. If you are into the visually appealing magazine formats, you’ll love Feedly, but if you want “just the facts,” you may be disappointed.
3. The Old Reader
If you want a very basic reader, this one is for you. It was modeled after an older version of Google Reader. Although it does not have a mobile app, it will allow you to import feeds directly from Google Reader.
This aggregator will pull together not only the blogs you’re following, but also updates from your social media networks.
NetVibes is also more than just an RSS feed aggregator; the dashboard allows you to also monitor your social media, check your email, and create a to-do list. The other popular feature of NetVibes is that you can personalize your dashboard with custom layout designs. You can obtain a personal dashboard (compatible with both iOS and Android) for free, and there is a method to import your Google Reader. However, reviewers have mentioned that some of their subscriptions did not import properly.
These are just a few Google Reader alternatives. I’m going to try Feedly, but they all look like great applications. I hope you find the Google Reader replacement that’s the best fit for you!