We know many of you were frustrated to hear of Google Reader’s demise back in March and the bell will be tolling soon for what many consider the original RSS reader. As a blogger, it’s important for people to be able to easily subscribe to your blog but as a blog reader, it’s just as important to be able to easily organize and access your favourite sites – these days, on a variety of devices (that preferably sync!).
Since Google Reader will be no more as of July 1st, we thought we’d do a (non-comprehensive) round up of what’s on offer out there – obviously in the online word, things come and go and change rapidly. You’ll see there are a few names that come up again and again and in the comments below, we’d love you to share what you will be/ are already using to replace Google Reader.
Replacing Google Reader with alternative RSS readers
Mashable’s guide to Google Reader replacements suggests there are “three alternatives that match the look, feel and functionality of Google Reader” - Feedly, NewsBlur and The Old Reader. Each of these offers the option to import your Google Reader so grab them while you can!
CNET offers five alternatives to Google Reader, including Feedly but adding a few others you might like to check out.
Gizmodo’s guide to Google Reader replacements adds a couple more alternatives to the mix as well.
Others I have been experimenting with for a while now are:
Net Newswire (no mobile apps at this time)
Bloglovin (which offers buttons for you to place on your blog so your readers can easily sign up to follow your posts. I have had this on my blog for a while now and have seen a steady stream of subscribers and expect this will pick up over the next few days. You can find a very comprehensive guide to Bloglovin’ over on Blog Her.
And we’re sure there will be new RSS readers announced every week as people scramble to find something that works for them.
Just as the The Guardian asked the question “What are your Google Reader replacements and why?”, we at FBC would love to know what you’re replacing Google Reader with come next week and why. Please leave your ideas in the comments.
Mardi Michels is a full-time French teacher to elementary school-aged boys and the author of eat. live. travel. write - a blog focusing on culinary adventures near and far. She has lived and worked as a teacher in Australia, Hong Kong, England, France and now calls Toronto home. As part of her job, she runs a cooking class twice a week for 7-13 year-old boys, Les Petits Chefs and Cooking Basics. She’s also a cook, baker, traveller, photographer, writer, Food Bloggers of Canada co-founder, Food Revolution Day Ambassador for Toronto and in her spare time (!) teaches French pastry classes (focussing on macarons) around Toronto.