Google Reader Alternatives

Google Reader AlternativesGoogle is shutting down Google Reader, their RSS reader I use several times a day. I'm sure I'm not alone. Just about every blog, news service and site I follow has an RSS feed I subscribe to in Google Reader.

As a power user and super fan, this decision by Google is disappointing. I've got four months to find a solid Google Reader alternative.

I've already started test driving The Old Reader and feedly. I've got to get used to the differences, but both look like viable alternatives to Google Reader.

If you know of a good RSS reader I should try, please let me know in the comments. Google Reader will be missed.

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Yep, Reader is/was how I do the vast majority of my web browsing and news consumption.

I've tried everything available for now and quite like Feedly at the moment. Problem is that NewsBlur and The Old Reader are struggling with the massive influx of new users... I'll have to give them another try later.

One quirk with Feedly is that you need to stretch the screen a bit horizontally (more than I'm used to) to make the interface more Reader-like. The themes are helpful too as I don't care for the default.

March 14, 2013 @ 12:12 PM


Be sure to keep us updated with your findings. Like you, I was disappointed to see the message this morning. On my iPhone, I use Reeder (as an interface to Google Reader) and Pocket (as a save-it-for-later service), which are great apps. I like apps (desktop or mobile) over web interfaces, but all I need is a central place to sync activity and apps or web interfaces for access.

March 14, 2013 @ 12:16 PM


Sidenote, and apologies for the double-post:

I find it amusing that Google claims lower usage of Reader as a reason for discontinuing it, yet it's been the top Twitter trend ever since the announcement. Displaced the Pope, Pi Day, etc.

March 14, 2013 @ 12:17 PM

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I'll try NewsBlur, too.

And yes, Feedly seems to be the only one functioning right now with all the new traffic Google's sent them.

I don't understand why Google would need to kill Reader... makes little sense to me. Do they think this will drive more traffic to Google Plus?

March 14, 2013 @ 12:22 PM


I use it too - two different accounts - one for home and one for week. I'll be investigating the alternatives listed here, and will check back for more suggestions! On my phone I use Byline.

March 14, 2013 @ 12:27 PM


Mike, you're actually the one who referred me to Google Reader in a post on this very blog a few years ago. I've been a loyal user of Google Reader ever since. Instead of having dozens of unnecessary bookmarks I have everything neatly sorted in the Google Reader. It's perfect.

I've been playing around with alternatives today and The Old Reader seems like the best bet. The only issue is when I import my subscriptions from Google Reader it only imports 3 of my subscriptions for some reason, so I'll have to manually add all of the blogs again. That'll only take a few minutes so it's not a huge deal, just a minor annoyance. Feedly doesn't let me sort the blogs down the sidebar into a specific order by category so that's a non-start for me. Other RSS Readers I'm finding try to do a magazine-style interface with lots of photos, colour, tiles, etc. which I'm not a fan of. I just want something nice and simple like Google Reader.

March 14, 2013 @ 12:46 PM

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I think The Old Reader is currently getting crushed by the traffic. I'm pretty sure all your subscriptions will come over from Google Reader if you try again later.

I actually tried The Old Reader a couple of months ago when I read about a rumour Google was going to shut down Google Reader. The Old Reader does look promising, and it did automatically add all my feeds from Google Reader. The others seem to do this, too.

Right now, I'm liking feedly, but it's early days yet.

I really, really liked Google Reader. It was my gateway to the web.

March 14, 2013 @ 12:52 PM


Google Reader is my number 3 Google Service.

1 is search.

2 is Gmail.

3 is Reader.

I read TorontoMike *through* Google Reader, jumping to the site to read the comments on topics I'm interesting in seeing.

March 14, 2013 @ 1:03 PM

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I wonder if readership of blogs will plummet after July 1.

I'm a heavy user of those three Google services, too... although I also use Drive, Analytics and the Calendar daily.

March 14, 2013 @ 1:22 PM


@Mike: There's a discussion on Slashdot about that right now. You may get a good suggestion or two. Give it a few hours for more comments to roll in:

March 14, 2013 @ 1:28 PM


This is disappointing. I would also like to hear about other alternatives.

Can you get RSS feeds in Google+? Maybe I'll finally use my account...

March 14, 2013 @ 1:37 PM


I'm going with Feedly. I initially wanted to go with something like Flipboard for it's slickness, but I'm not feeling it for my daily blog consumption. Feedly it is!

March 14, 2013 @ 2:11 PM


If you're a Thunderbird user you likely already know this, but it also has RSS capabilities. That's what I use on the desktop here.

March 14, 2013 @ 3:41 PM

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What I really need, which I got from Google Reader and see I get with feedly, is the syncronization of what's new vs. what's read.

I use a tablet, a smart phone, a laptop and a desktop to check my feed... I need them all in sync.

March 14, 2013 @ 4:00 PM


@Steve the other problem with Thunderbird is that it's offline. Depending on the types of feeds you follow, you could very well miss lots of stuff on busy feeds if it's not running 24/7.

@Toronto Mike: Since you have your own web host, this is looking like a fantastic option. It's great especially if you don't want to rely on a company to not kill the service again in the future:

March 14, 2013 @ 6:30 PM


Here is what i've compiled s far.

Web based (free)

Web based (paid)

Self hosted web based (paid)

Google Currents
Press (paid)


Windows App based
Microsoft Outlook (paid) (paid, will close) (iOS and Android as well) (paid)

March 14, 2013 @ 6:43 PM


First iGoogle, and now this. :(

March 15, 2013 @ 12:29 PM

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Try feedly... it's actually pretty good.

March 15, 2013 @ 1:53 PM

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