Life after Google Reader

by on June 25, 2013 at 2:24 pm in Web/Tech, Weblogs | Permalink

Via Michael Rosenwald, here is one list of options, with attached evaluations.  I have been using Feedly and it is working fine for me.  I expected high transition costs, but within a minute or two, and then a system reboot, everything was up and running without a hitch.  I did not feel confused by the shift in visual fields, as I had been expecting.  I don’t pretend to know it is best, and I may not stick with Feedly forever, but this has not turned out to be a crisis and there is no reason to resent Google for axing their Reader.

1 Brock June 25, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Anxiety is a reason.

Loss of Search is a reason.

2 Jacob A. Geller June 25, 2013 at 2:38 pm

“this has not turned out to be a crisis and there is no reason to resent Google for axing their Reader.”

For you, maybe, but as in most markets there is heterogeneity in preferences, and personally I found (and still find) Feedly to be a big step down from Reader. More importantly, I still think there could be a crisis in the sense that RSS is an objectively superior way to consume information not from a consumption standpoint but from a well-functioning-democracy standpoint, and many users (myself included) might see (or already have seen) the quality of their information consumption deteriorate due to substituting (for example) for network television.

3 cjc June 25, 2013 at 2:41 pm

I went with Newsblur, which is on the list. The main benefit (and this is perhaps a reaction to losing Reader) is that the project is open source, and, if the service goes away, I can theoretically run my own little personal Newsblur server. One other consideration is that I’m paying money to Newsblur (and again this is perhaps a reaction to what happened with Reader), and I can believe that it is more likely to be a going concern because the service is able to financially support itself.

4 jk June 25, 2013 at 2:43 pm

App suggestions for windows phone?

5 Bart June 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

Try NextGen Reader. It can use the Feedly Cloud API.

6 Jason June 25, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Try Feedly on the iPhone. It’s a UI/UX disaster. Reeder hasn’t enabled Feedly support yet, so it’s dead to me.

Additional perspective here:

7 meicate June 25, 2013 at 3:05 pm

Why the fuck is feedly contantly trying to direct me to sign into Pinterest?


8 john personna June 25, 2013 at 5:37 pm

Ah, I thought it was a change in rss feeds, but it makes sense now. What Feedly must be doing is caching images cited in rss in Pinterest. When we click to zoom, Pinterest wants their log-in. I agree. Ridiculous.

(Feedly generally works for me, but I wish “read items” was better for “whoops, what did I just mark as read?”)

9 Alexander Nikolov June 25, 2013 at 7:47 pm

Yeah, that’s an issue. Looking through read items is waaay harder.

10 nathaniel June 25, 2013 at 9:44 pm

You can turn off Pinterest integration in the Preferences (side panel near the bottom).

11 Art July 1, 2013 at 12:39 am

Can’t you ‘turn off’ the Pinterest connect in Preferences.

12 Noah June 25, 2013 at 3:19 pm

I resent Google for killing the shared item community in Google Reader. And, No, Google Plus is not a replacement.

13 Andreas Moser June 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm

And the funny thing is that Google still invites you to sign up to Google Reader as of today: (screenshot from a few days ago, but looks the same today)

14 Otto Maddox June 25, 2013 at 3:35 pm

Yeah, but there are other, recent reasons to resent the “Do No Evil” bunch

15 Andrew' June 25, 2013 at 3:51 pm

The jokes are just too easy here, folks. We should have known when we first heard that blowhard slogan.

16 jg June 25, 2013 at 3:39 pm

> I may not stick with Feedly forever

thing is that Feedly doesn’t seem to have an export option (yet). so although switching *to* Feedly is pretty easy, switching *from* Feedly to somewhere else will prove more difficult…
(not that I have found something better than Feedly. Inoreader looks quite promising. Seems to have a proper search function for instance. But no apps. And it seems to be just one guy doing it in his spare time instead of some professional entity running it)

17 Barry Zuckerkorn June 25, 2013 at 4:02 pm

+1 for Feedly (desktop) and Newsify (iOS). Feedly’s API links the two together very nicely.

18 Justin June 25, 2013 at 4:37 pm

I’ve tried Feedly but I can’t easily star articles, particularly in the app.

19 Lord June 25, 2013 at 4:46 pm

I like theoldreader. Never used anything but rss anyway, and it is less constrictive than those trying to force you into a social network.

20 Dan Weber June 25, 2013 at 5:16 pm

If you are only using the reader from computers, Feedly seems the perfect replacement. It even authenticates via your Google account, so it literally takes just one-click to import your feeds. The UI is similar once you you twiddle with it for 3-4 minutes.

Caveat: I only switched earlier today because jwz’s post reminded me to deal with it.

21 bob June 25, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Feedly requires browser extensions, which might not be available in some environments: So you need to modify the browser, for the perfect combination of the worst of both worlds. I’d understand it if they were running an online game, but this is something that could be done without extensions using plan web technologies.

It’s a sad week for infovores.

22 john personna June 25, 2013 at 5:54 pm

There was a news item this week, about feedly becoming fullly web based. I don’t know if that means for new users, or if i as an old app user am converted … fyi

23 john personn June 25, 2013 at 5:56 pm
24 Dan Weber June 26, 2013 at 12:15 pm

I needed no such thing to use it.

25 Ian Tindale June 25, 2013 at 6:01 pm

For me, Google Reader shutting down is effectively a sign to give up on rss altogether and move toward a more modern method of keeping up with things. I’ve decided to just use Jaiku from now on. Oh wait, Google randomly shut that down, too. Oh well, that similar proprietary single-point-of-failure Twitter thing will have to do for now.

26 jbold1 June 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Moving to Feedly was seem less…

27 jbold1 June 25, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Or seemless…whichever you prefer.

28 Rob Grayson June 26, 2013 at 4:25 am

Or perhaps seamless?

29 Art July 1, 2013 at 12:45 am

how about ——— smooth

30 Will Lewis June 25, 2013 at 6:40 pm

I switched to Netvibes with ‘reader’ mode turned on. It maintains a lot of the look and feel of Google Reader. The mobile app is html 5 based, so it’s alright. After seeing this list, I think I might try Digg when it comes out on Android, but I don’t want something that is too different from Reader.

31 ant1900 June 25, 2013 at 7:33 pm

+10 to Netvibes. I’ve tried them all over the past month: Feedly, Old Reader, Newsblur, and several others. Netvibes takes a lot more time to get your feeds set up, sorted, and organized, but once you are set up it is the best. The level of organization in Netvibes with folders, multifeeds, and renaming and moving feeds is the best of all the options out there. For example, Newsblur does not let you drag and drop to sort your feeds – it is alphabetic. For a true ‘infovore’ I think Netvibes is the only way to go right now.

I otherwise liked Newblur 2nd best, but it has what I consider to be a crippling defect. Items are marked ‘unread’ automatically after 14 days (Google Reader was 30 days). I think 30 days is bare the minimum for anyone that uses RSS like a Tivo/DVR (letting your stories build up on certain blogs and then quickly going through all the items). Netvibes as far as I can tell does not impose an ‘unread’ limit (and the limit is just based on how far back the current RSS feed you subscribe to goes). [See complaints about Newsblur here:

I’m also going to check out Digg when it comes out.

32 Eric H June 25, 2013 at 9:14 pm

Tried Feedly and Netvibes, stuck with Netvibes. I wish there was an Unread function that was limited to one article (there probably is, I just haven’t seen it), but otherwise it works well on tablet, laptop, and mobile platforms.

33 Anthony June 25, 2013 at 8:23 pm

+1 to feedly

34 Andres Lopez June 25, 2013 at 10:13 pm

We used to have at but now we are trying another options…

35 Rahul June 26, 2013 at 1:24 am

Why does something like Feedly, so high up the application stack, require a system reboot?

36 Art July 1, 2013 at 12:54 am

just installed cloud.feedly few minutes ago and no reboot required. [laptop PC]

37 Fizaa Khan June 26, 2013 at 3:39 am

I’ve been using The Old Reader for a month now and find it to be very, very similar to Google Reader.

38 Rob Grayson June 26, 2013 at 4:28 am

I was a devoted user of Reeder across three platforms – Mac, iPhone and iPad. I have found Feedly via Newsify to be a very good replacement for Reeder on the iPhone and iPad (in fact, there are some ways in which I find it superior to Reeder). On my iMac, the web-only Feedly isn’t bad, but it’s not a patch on Reeder for Mac. I’m just hoping Reeder’s developer builds in Feedly integration very soon.

39 saliency June 26, 2013 at 12:47 pm

What no tt-rss mention?

40 Charlie June 26, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Tyler and Alex, I’d love it if you posted a list of the blogs and news agencies you follow on your RSS feeds! It would be great to see the source feed for all the great articles you both post.

41 niko June 26, 2013 at 6:36 pm

only issue i have is the lack of a jump to next article button. can we start a campaign?

42 Justin June 27, 2013 at 1:25 pm

My recomendation is to use and the iOS app FeeddlerPro, which syncs from

It gives you an experience that is virtually identical to Google reader. (In fact, I was using the free version of FeeddlerPro already. I just changed the account from which to sync).

43 Alex Kessinger June 27, 2013 at 9:42 pm

One question I have been trying to find the answer to is what is the potential impact on website traffic? Big blogs that need unique impressions to generate ad revenue are going to loose, quite possibly, their biggest click generator.

44 edeast June 29, 2013 at 2:27 am

you are welcome

45 aworks June 30, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I second Bazqux since it (mostly) includes comments as well as the content of blog posts. I’ve read more Marginal Revolution comments in the last two weeks than ever.

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