12 Google Reader Alternatives to Consider

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.

Feedly

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  • 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.

Netvibes

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - Netvibes

  • The service is free.
  • Can be used on any desktop browser.
  • Allows you to save posts for later.
  • Allows you to share to Facebook, Twitter, Buffer, Google+, Pocket, Evernote, Yammer, HootSuite, Flipboard, Readability, or email.

Digg Reader

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - Digg Reader

  • The service is free and currently in beta (but may become premium later).
  • Can be used in any desktop browser.
  • Allows you to Digg and share to Facebook or Twitter.
  • Allows you to save for later (similar to starrin in Google Reader).
  • Search and other capabilities coming soon.

HootSuite Syndicator

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - HootSuite

  • The app within HootSuite is free. You can use HootSuite with up to five social profiles for free.
  • Can be used on any desktop browser.
  • Displays RSS feed groupings in streams.
  • Allows you to favorite posts (like starring in Google Reader).
  • Allows you to share link to post in HootSuite to connected accounts.
  • Allows you to save post to read later.
  • Allows you to search for posts with specific keywords within streams.

Newsblur

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - NewsBlur

  • The service is free for up to 64 feeds, then ranges from $1 – $3 per month.
  • Can be used on any desktop browser and on iOS or Android devices.
  • Allows you to “train” your reader to help it learn what posts you like / dislike based on site, author, title, and tags.
  • Allows you to share the posts with others and see globally shared posts.

AOL Reader

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - AOL Reader

  • The service is free and currently in beta.
  • Can be used in any desktop browser.
  • Allows you to star posts (similar to starring in Google Reader).

The Old Reader

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - The Old Reader

  • The service is free.
  • Can be used with any desktop browser.
  • Allows you to Facebook or Google to find friends to share posts with.
  • Allows you to “like” posts (similar to starring in Google Reader).
  • Allows you to view trending posts amongst your network.

FeedSpot

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - FeedSpot

  • The service is free for basic use. You can upgrade to Gold for $1.99 per month to access advanced features including search.
  • Can be used in any desktop browser.
  • Includes Facebook, Twitter, Pocket, Bufferapp, Readability, Instapaper, Evernote and more service sharing buttons for Gold members.
  • Allows you to star posts (similar to starring in Google Reader).

Curata Reader

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - Curata Reader

  • The service is free.
  • Can be used with any desktop browser.
  • Defaults to expanded post view without the option to change to list or other views.
  • Includes Facebook, Twitter, and email sharing buttons.
  • Allows you to thumbs up or thumbs down a post.
  • Allows you to flag posts (like starring in Google Reader).

Feedreader Online

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - Feedreader

  • The service is free.
  • Can be used on any desktop browser (also has downloadable version).
  • Allows you to star the article (similar to starring in Google Reader).
  • Includes Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Twitter, and email sharing buttons.

Feedbin

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - Feedbin

  • The service is $2 per month or $20 per year.
  • Can be used in any desktop browser.
  • Allows you to star posts (like starring in Google Reader).
  • Display is similar to Microsoft Outlook in terms of seeing list view and then the expanded post in the right pane.

CommaFeed

Google Reader Alternative Web-Based RSS Readers - CommaFeed

  • The service is free.
  • Can be used in any desktop browser.
  • Includes Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pocket, Instapaper, and Buffer sharing buttons.
  • Allows you to star posts (similar to starring in Google Reader).
  • Has a search feature, but searches are currently very slow.

While there are other web-based RSS readers out there, these are the best or most promising Google Reader alternatives so far. Right now, my main choice is Feedly, but I might migrate to the RSS reader that enables the best search features in the long run. What are your favorite Google Reader alternatives?





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Comments

  1. says

    Google Reader is one of the lovely thing I have ever used on internet. But sadly, Google is killing the Google Reader service for their own profits, and benefits. However, it is time to move on from Google Reader to something else. I have already shifted all of my feeds to Feedly, and Digg Reader.

    So far trying to compromise with luck.
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  2. says

    Hi Kristi,

    What a timely post, though I remember your earlier one too where you mentioned the best alternatives. I guess these are the real ones we really have left of it all.

    I’ve tried Feedly and might go in with it, though nothing to beat good old Reader. It was the best :)

    Thanks for sharing. Have a nice week ahead :)
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  3. says

    Hi Kristi,
    Another Nice tips and great presentation with the help of snapshots, I’m fan of your way of presentation.
    Thanks for nice information…

  4. says

    I read conflicting things about using RSS. Some swear by it, some say it’s not really important and it may even confuse readers who are not familiar with using RSS feeds.

    I think it depends on the niche — internet marketers, bloggers, etc are familiar with the stuff, while the average web surfer might not be. I’m preparing a couple of websites, a language-learning one and a greek mythology one, but I’m not really sure about how useful RSS would be.

    What’s your take on this?
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  5. says

    Hi Kristy,

    1. What I think is important is the ability to use the tool with any of the main browsers.
    2. The ability to work with Hootsuite is not so important. I don’t like Hootsuite because it has troubles connecting with my Facebook page.
    3. I use Feedly. It seems the best service available at the moment. The downsize is that it uses RSS feeds and I found some interesting sites that do not use RSS feed.
    Also when you click on a post to read it outside Feedly, then want to share it, it gives you a very complicated and long link.

    Have a nice day
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  6. says

    Thanks for helping me with this Kristi – as always, its been a great help. I really don’t have the time to go through all the options if I had to do it myself. You took the load off my shoulders! I chose Feedly and Feedreader online – just in case, I’m using two services as of now! Let’s see which one wins.
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  7. says

    Holy Thoroughness, Batman!

    Once again, not only a well-written post but one that gives a great number of options and ideas.

    MY favorite part of it was looking over your shoulder at the feeds you subscribe to.

    Hey Kristi, unrelated question. I’m diggin the CommentLuv plug in as well… can ya tell me where in the settings do I make it say, “Don’t miss the next great post – subscribe to Kikolani!”

    ‘Course I want it to say subscribe to ME… but, you know ;-)

    Keep Stepping,

    Kurt

  8. says

    Hi Kristi!

    I have to say I am not too sad to see Google Reader take a dirt nap. Honestly, the only time I started using Rss was to pipe it into Sprout Social, which I found helpful to track different blogs instead of searching all over the internet or getting a boat load of emails (I get too many!).

    In any case, I made the switch to Feedly. It is WAY better in my opinion and the interface with Sprout Social is really nice. I haven’t used the others, but I have experimented with using Hootsuite.

    Curious: which one do you use?

    *I actually get your new posts with Feedly! = )
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  9. says

    It will be very interesting to see which of these reader options comes out ahead of the others, or what kinds of updates/improvements will be made to keep up with competition. I think this will ultimately be a good thing, but we’ll need to allow these programs to grow and settle into place before making any final judgments.

    • says

      When I first used Feedly, it had the list of blogs to the right. I can’t get that back now. It has the blogs mixed together. I made categories to narrow them down, but for the life of me can’t get the blog list back. I may try one of the other ones that has this as standard. Thank you so much for the list.
      Jeff

  10. says

    Great list Kristi!

    I started using Feedly after after Google Reader was nixed. I really like the simplicity of the interface, and the “Organize” mode which allows for drag-and-drop categorization of your feeds.

    The best part is the “popularity score” that you mentioned, which gives me a quick way to visually check how well a post is received.

    Others like, “The Old Reader” look pretty good, and make me want to give them a try.

    I’d never heard of most of these until your post. So, thanks!
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  11. says

    I am using Hoot suite but still hope Google Reader comes back because of its ease and popularity and the fact that it was a part of Google which made it a default choice of most users. I still hope it comes back alive from the long and ever growing list of the Google Graveyard members. I don’t know why Google is getting rid of all the popular apps. It is really puzzling.
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  12. says

    Excellent post, Kristie.

    I was a bit disappointed when I heard that Google Reader was going away. It was the main reader I used to keep track of all of the blogs I read.

    I’ve yet to really search to find a replacement. I love how you wrote this post; very comprehensive and easy to follow.

    I’m thinking that I might go with Feedly. It seems to be easy to use and will sufficiently serve my needs.

    Thanks for taking the time to put this list together for us, Kristie; and I hope your baby is doing great! :)

    Ti
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    • says

      Shoot, so after reading this article, I went to check my Google reader and I realized that my Google reader is gone :(. Looks like I have to switch.

  13. says

    It’s very nice to see 11 other options I can resort to grouped in one place just in case I ever don’t like what I’m getting with Feedly.

    But for me, one of the most valuable takeaways I got from this post was seeing names of people you have in your feed that I wasn’t familiar with, that I can now go learn from.

    It seems to me that a post that featured every one you’re following in your reader would be something your fans would love to see. Well, at least I would. And the bonus would be that it wouldn’t be that hard to assemble – especially if you had a virtual assistant put all the feeds into a list for you and then you just filled in the opening, commentary where you felt necessary and then closed it. :)
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  14. says

    Thank you for the nice summary. I use Feedly and the iPad app is terrific. It connects to Pocket or other tools allowing you to save the article for reading later. I am using Hootsuite, but did not now about the syndicator. I will certainly try it out. Cheers!

  15. says

    Kristi,

    I was curious to see if Feedly or Hootsuite shows up as an option when I click on your RSS chicklet. It did not. Nor do I see those options on other blogs. What am I missing?

    Thx. Great list of options. Easy to scan and digest.
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