July 1st is here, so if you haven’t already, now is the time to choose your alternative RSS reader of choice to replace Google Reader. Since I last wrote about Google Reader Alternatives, more services have sprung up to fill the voie. The following are the current available web-based RSS readers you have to choose from and some quick facts about each.
If you’re not ready to choose your new RSS reader, that’s OK. But what you will need to do now (like, right now) is download your Google Reader archive on Google Takeout. When you unzip the archive file, you’ll find a subscriptions.xml – this is the file you will import into new RSS reader of choice.
Please note that since I prefer looking at my RSS subscriptions in list view, I have included screenshots of each reader in that view. Many of these services have alternative views with thumbnails, expanded entries, etc.
- The service is free.
- Can be used on your desktop with Google Chrome and on iOS or Android devices.
- Includes Google+, Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Buffer, and email sharing buttons.
- Includes a score next to each post that represents total Facebook likes and Google +1′s so you can quickly see popularity.
- Allows you to save posts (similar to starring in Google Reader).
- Allows you to tag posts to find content on a particular topic later.
- Ability to search feeds is in the works.