Unfortunately, we have to say goodbye to our long time companion, Google Reader. Google announced that they are shutting down Google Reader. This information is bad news for many users.
They made it clear that there are two reasons about this. The number of users of the Google Reader is decreasing day by day and they are focusing their energy on fewer products for making them better and more useful. Google Reader will retire on July 1 this year. They leave three months period for transition and finding alternatives for feed reading. They thank the users for using Google Reader and inform them that they can transfer and retain their data and subscription through Google Takeout.
So, if you are a Google Reader user, it’s time to pack up your things and find something else. No worries, we got your back and we were able to find some alternatives for this. Your job is to pick something that you like and transfer your data into the new alternative solution. Here they are:
- 1. Feedly
Feedly is something that will offer you more visual version of the reader. It has a beautiful layout, something like a magazine. It’s easy to sync it with Google Reader it takes just one click to do that.
It’s good and attractive alternative I’m sure you’ll like it.
- 2. The old reader
This is for those who like the old school and the same experience without changing the way of using which they had in Google Reader. This old reader was started by Google Reader exiles who were vividly upset when they changed the features last year.
The only negative thing about this is that it doesn’t include mobile version but this is a perfect time for them to make some changes and bring that wanted mobile version. You can use this Old Reader if you don’t want to change anything until you find something that really meets your criteria.
- 3. Flipboard
Right after the news for the Google Reader, they were really quick to announce that they already have RSS covered and the users now can transfer their feeds into their new available service.
They are not as fast as the Google Reader but if you think like that you will never find alternative service.
- 4. Twitter
Twitter is not just following the lives of the famous people and following the news of your favorite team, it can be RSS service as well. With the smart use of the Twitter’s list function, you can subscribe to some reporters or sites that are producing news you already follow on RSS. The sources are limited because some people and businesses don’t have Twitter accounts or they post form somewhere else on the web.
- 5. Digg
Rumors are surrounding the web that Digg will be releasing its own version of RSS feeder. The latest rumor was posted to Facebook that they will release new reader that will include all the features from Google Reader plus something additional.