Life After Google Reader
In 2005 Google launched an application called Google Reader. The purpose of the web app was to allow users to subscribe to news feeds from their favourite websites and aggregate them all into one location for easy reading.
Since its launch, the application went through numerous changes in not only its appearance but also in the way it worked, with videos from youtube and google video later being pulled in as part of the news feeds.
Sadly, for reasons best known to the search giant, they decided that the application had seen better days and it was time to lay it to rest. So in March of this year, Google announced that the Google Reader Application would be discontinued and removed from its long list of services.
Now, I’m sure there must have been some pretty compelling reasons to kill the app but where does that leave the rest of us who used it on an almost daily basis?
Well, thankfully the internet, just like real life, is often full with choices and we don’t always have to settle on just the first one, so below you can find a list of the best Google Reader replacements currently available.
1 – Feedly.com: If you’re looking for a news reader which can reach different platforms, such as iOS and Android, then this news aggregator has to be on the top of the list. Of-course being cross-platform is one thing, but the main draw for most people will be the sheer ease of use of this service.
2 – Flipboard.com: This entry provides all the cross-platform features you would expect, as well as being easy to use. However, its biggest selling point is its presentation. Although it’s sitting at number two here on our list, its overall design and appearance makes it very pleasing on the eyes.
3 – Digg Reader: Although still in its early stages, this app from the social giant is shaping up to be a great replacement for Google Reader, with insta-paper like sharing it is definitely one to watch out for.
4 – NewsBlur: Although the last to appear on the list, this feed reader service still packs a punch with all the features you would expect and with just a little touch of web 2.0 gloss to make it all look pretty. The major drawback to this particular entry, and it’s one of the deciding factors on its placement in this list, is the fact that if you subscribe to more than 64 feeds then you will have to start paying a subscription fee.
Don’t get me wrong, if something suits your needs and you’re happy with it then you shouldn’t mind paying for it, but in this case there are just too many free alternatives out there to make this a truly viable option. But that’s just my opinion.
So there you have it. Google Reader maybe retiring from service, but fear not, as you’ve seen there are plenty more options out there for you to explore, which can match and in some cases exceed what Google’s app was capable of.