Google has recently announced they will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. This will be yet another service Google has shut down in recent times after the likes of Google Adsense for feeds, Google voice app for Blackberry etc. Google Reader is an RSS aggregator launched in 2005 which has helped a lot of people discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites.
There are hundreds of millions of web users out there who rely on RSS feeds to organize contents. So when Google finally axes Google Reader on July 1st, 2013 what alternatives are there to use? You will agree with me that setting up a new feed can be stressful, so the best alternative will include any one that will make use of the Reader data as Google has offered advice on how to transfer Reader data.
Google Reader Alternatives:
As much as Google Reader is not even my favorite news reader, my problem with its shutting down is that most news readers or web application out there base on Google Reader back-end to fetch and synchronize feeds across multiple devices.
There are a lot of Google reader alternatives like Feedly, Newsblur, Netvives, Taptu, Pulse News, Flipboard, Zite, Google Current etc, yet feedly remains my favorite news reader and here is why.
Feedly is a great way to organize, read and share contents from your favorite sites. Feedly is a great RSS feed aggregator and it is in the form of browser add-on (Firefox, Chrome and Safari) and it is also in mobile apps (iOS and Android apps).
The worrying part for most users is that Feedly depends on Google Reader’s back-end to fetch and synchronize feeds. But Feedly has announced that they are working on a project called ‘Normandy’ which is a clone of the Google Reader API and will seamlessly move to the Normandy back-end when Google finally shuts down Google Reader. So if you are a Google Reader user using feedly, you won’t have to worry as you will continue to enjoy your feedly free services even without noticing the migration.
If you are a new Google Reader user migrating to feedly, simply visit feedly and login to your account using your Google account and feedly will automatically synchronize your Google reader account with feedly. You can read more about how to successfully migrate from Google Reader from here.
If you will like to try out feedly before Google finally axes Google Reader on 1st July, 2013 check out the links below.
I hope you find feedly as interesting as i did. I am certain i won’t miss Google reader when it is finally shut down because i have been using feedly for awhile before now. Do you know or a better alternative to Google Reader? Let me hear your experience or expectation of feedly. Use the comment form below to contribute to this topic.