Goodbye Google Reader, the Time Has Come to Usher in Something New

July 1, 2013, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Bidding goodbye can be painful. More so, when it is to a companion that has stood by your side for years! But then as years go by, something called novelty needs to be ushered in and here too that has happened.

It’s with a sad heart that users around the globe are saying goodbye to Google Reader today. The bowing out of our most friendly feed reader hasn’t come buy surprise though. Google, back in March, had announced that it would be closing down its RSS newsfeed on July 1 due to drop in usage.

And as last ditch effort to help users, Google had brought before us the option to saved all our Google subscriptions before Reader bid goodbye. We know you have found time to save your subscriptions, by going to the Reader settings, and hitting the Import/Export icon and then downloading all that you wanted to keep. Anyways, that’s all history now.

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What we are going to miss is a handy tool that helped access our favorite websites and articles from across the web. No wonder, it had a huge fan following across the world. I’m sure the shutting down of Google Reader has come as a shocker for many like me. But then do we have an option?

Ye of course, when a major moves out others need to chip in, right?  And so we have a whole lot of contenders to take Reader’s place. By the looks of it, we tend to feel these contenders are strong and capable enough too.

There are a bunch of other RSS readers available out there. Our search for the best has brought us to the threshold of five alternatives to Google Reader.

One of them is Feedly. Considered to be the best alternative to Google Reader, it is almost identical to Reader. The service lets users to follow the traditional Google Reader list appearance or otherwise can use a newspaper like interface.

It also offers sharing options on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, Pocket, Evernote, Pinterest and Instapaper. Developers have added a few more features including a new syncing service, Keyboard shortcuts and more.

Another alternative to Google Reader is the Old Reader: It is a simple, web based RSS reader designed to look like Google Reader. The interface is simple and easy to use. But it won’t allow direct sharing to social networks.

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Meanwhile, Flipboard is a mobile app for iOS and Android devices that offers a magazine-style format. It lets users add updates from social networks with simple swipes on the touchscreen. Unfortunately, Flipboard users can’t read their feeds on their PC or laptop devices, as it is made for tablets and smartphones.

AOL Reader is another option you have. By using this service, users get several views ranging from the traditional list to a pane view.  AOL Reader also offers sharing to social networks such as Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and LinkedIn.

Developers are planning to add options for Search, Notifications and Sharing with other AOL Reader users.

Digg Reader is another RSS reader service from Digg that offers a clean as well as better service. It allows sharing  to social networks, but it is limited to Twitter and Facebook. However, the Digg Reader service lacks some basic features like View Unread Items Only and Mark as Unread. But Digg has plans to add those features as soon as possible.

Which one are you heading for? Tell us what you feel is good or ugly in the alternatives we have listed down for you.

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