Top 12 Alternatives for Google Reader

Even since Google announced that they are cancelling their well-known reader service – Google Reader, people started looking for alternatives. Lucky for all those users of Reader, there are lots of other applications that might offer you the same service so that you can migrate pretty seamlessly without having any serious efforts. As a matter of fact, there is one website which has been gaining popularity ever since Google Reader project was cancelled – its name is ReplaceReader.com and its main target is to be the best alternative that can be offered to users. In this article we would like to pay attention to 12 of the most trending alternatives for google reader that you can find these days.

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1) Feedly

Number one on the list is Feedly. Thanks to this amazing app you will be able to synchronize your Google Reader feed and start reading it as if it was posted on a magazine. This software is known as the greatest contender because there are more than 500 000 users who started using it within two days. Of course, this happen right after Google announced publicly their project cancelation. However, there is one more interesting thing around Feedly – they are working on a project which is going to be a complete clone of Google Reader’s API. This is really great because once after the project is finished, people will be able to transit without serious impediments.Feedly are also developing applications for Android and iOS mobile versions.

2) NewsBlur

This application allows users to subscribe to different RSS feeds and also offers really great customization. However, we know that this sounds pretty great to be true and thus, the bad news is that the application is based on the so called freemium model. This means that in case you intend to use the free version, you will be able to be subscribed to maximum of 12 sites and share only publicity-related topics. If this doesn’t cover your expectations, then you can start using the paid version which costs 25$ per year. However, you will have all those limitations removed.

3) Bloglovin

If you are the type of person who enjoys blogging and follows various blogs, then this application is definitely the one for you. It will allow you to keep track of all your favorite blogs and every time a new post appears, you will get a notification. In that way you can be more than sure that nothing will be missed. There is also an application available for iOS, so you can download it and receive news on your device.
Another great feature here is the category browsing – you will be able to find new blogs according to your interests and take a look at them. In case you find them interesting – subscribe!

4) The Old Reader

Another Google-based RSS reader! The difference here comes from the fact that it is more like socially based. You will be able to import your Google Reader feeds via OPML file import which is a bit handy. However, the bad news is the service is yet web-based only but it offers the same sharing level and organization as any other RSS reader would. Give it a try – you might like it.

5) Bloglines

Now this is one of our favorite RSS readers. It allows the users to track and find websites and blogs of their interest in real-time. Plus you will be able to customize the interface and make it look in the way you like and fit your style. Thanks to the included multiple options and the drag and drop interface, there is nothing you can’t do. According to the developers of the application, there are more than 3 million users who are taking advantage of their service up to this day. It is also available for both mobile and desktop devices.

6) iGoogle

If you don’t like to browse through lots of blogs and sites, then iGoogle is definitely the type of application you need to check out. The only disadvantage is it doesn’t support OMPL files, so you might have to “hack” it a little bit in order to accept the exported Reader feeds that you have. However, there is news according to which the service will be shut down by the end of this year, so you might want to reconsider your decision before you start using it.

7) FeedDemon

This is probably the most popular reader among Windows users. Plus it can be synchronized with Google Reader which means the whole process of migration won’t be hard at all. There are many additional features that might help you clear your mind and choose this service – automatic podcasts download, feed search, feeds tagging, and all this can be easily copied to iDevice or Android handsets. FeedDemon should be downloaded to your computer since it is not web-based.

8) Rolio

Rolio can’t be put into one category with all those traditional readers. The reason for this is because it surfaces information and news from various categories such as Politics, Technology, Finance and Business, etc. However, if this doesn’t suit your interests, you can manually create a feeds list by pressing the “I can’t find the thing I’m looking for”- the button is located in the upper right corner in the UI.

You can also enter a link in the RSS feed and Rolio will try to find it. If you are logged into the system, you will see a bunch of links that you have been subscribed to, you can also customize this and make some of them favorites so that they will appear first.

9) Flipboard

Flipboard is a really well-known application with thousands of users. It is already really popular with Android and iOS. The software pitches itself as a social magazine because it will present the information you are interested in, in the form of magazine-style format. RSS feed is included, just like in every other reader on this list.

The User Interface is designed really intuitive. As soon as you open the application you will see that the first page will present the favorite blogs that you are subscribed to.

There is an easy, two-step process thanks to which you can import all your feeds.

  •  Create a new Flipboard account
  • Click on the red button, register and then sign into your Google Reader account. Once you do this, your feeds will be automatically imported.

10) Wellread

One relatively new application is Wellread. Great thing about it is it pulls together content from various sources like LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter. Thanks to its algorithm, you can be sure that everything new and trending will be identified and you will be able to read it. However, if you want to be granted access to its site, you have to know it is invitation only.

11) Netvibes

A dash boarding service and social aggregation – those are the two things that describe best Netvibes. However, this doesn’t stop it from being a really great RSS news reader. Good thing is that the basic accounts are entirely free (plus, the PRO and Premium accounts don’t offer anything innovative that might make you change your decision and buy them).

You can take a look at some of the suggested feeds, or create a list of your own ones. Of course feeds import is also available via OPML. You can also easily subscribe to different blogs just by posting their links into the application.

Signing up is really easy, and once you do it, you can customize the entire user-interface and make it look the way you want to. However, Netvides doesn’t have a mobile application, so don’t bother look for it.

12) Pulse

This is one of those RSS readers that are synching information only partially. The reason for this is because it relies mainly on its own news and algorithms in order to help you find information that might be interesting. Using it means you will never miss the latest stories of the blogs you follow. However, you can import your Google Reader feeds but only via mobile – you won’t be allowed to do it via the web. There is also a mobile application for both Android and iOS. Thanks to Pulse you can easily save interesting and trending stories for later, divide them into different categories.
Even if you log into your account from a different device, you can continue reading the news from where you left off – those and many other small features make Pulse one of the most preferred Google Reader alternatives.

The above mentioned 12 RSS readers are just one small part of all the application alternatives you can find. If you want to find more detailed list, you can take a look at Wikipedia.

The closure date for Google Reader is announced – 1st of July. Up until then you have enough time to experiment and find the proper type of alternative that will suit your needs.

  • Roy Gomez

    Thanks for the heads up. So much to learn. People like yourself really do serve. I appreciate it.