RIP Google Reader and RSS Feed Reader Alternatives to Consider

On 1st July 2013 Google Reader goes away foreverFor a long time now, Google Reader, the best known RSS feed reader worldwide, has managed to established its devoted followers.

 

Why People were turned on to Google Reader

Google Reader

Generally, people were hooked to Google Reader because it can be easily accessed through one’s Gmail account. This is considered as a very effective and useful time-saving tool, especially to people who are regularly visiting a wide array of blogs every day to be able to keep track of them.

Another thing is that through this popular RSS feed reader; one is able to catch news as it happens. That way, the end-user can instantly receive the latest news on his favorite topic instead of waiting for them.

 

The Powering Down of Google Reader

Google Reader has already been part of the day-to-day routine to millions of users worldwide. It has been a great place for people to read and share feeds. The Google Reader will be officially retires July 1, 2013.

Reasons enumerated in the blog:

  • Usage of Google Reader has declined; and
  • Google is “pouring all [its] energy into fewer products” for a better user experience.

 

Google Reader Alternatives

There is a plethora of options for you to choose from. Some are free; some are paid alternatives.

Included in the free alternatives list are:

  1. Feedly - It is said to be more attractive and cleaner than Google Reader. App for Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android available.
  2. Curata Reader – It is considered as a reader for business users. Responsive web design for mobile browser.
  3. AOL Reader – It is fast and simple.
  4. The Old Reader – Based on the old Google Reader. It contains features like sharing and commenting as in Google Reader.
  5. Digg Reader – Login with your Digg account. Cool feature include “Digg” stories.

 

 Meanwhile, here are the paid alternatives for you to choose from:

  1. Newsblur - It’s been around since 2009 and subscription cost is at $24.
  2. Feedbin - It only costs $3 every month.
  3. Feed Wrangler – It is at $19 a year and is considered a basic RSS reader.

So, there you have it: the Google reader alternatives

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