Well, the July 1st has ended (at least here in India where I’m located) and with that the so-called Google reader is also coming to an end. However, the end of one legendary service is always followed by the rise of alternative service.
Therefore, in today’s article, I’ll be talking about bunch of Google reader alternatives which are good to consider. It’s OK if you don’t want to migrate yourself from the Google reader right now but you got to download the archive of your feeds from Google Takeout. Once you unzip this backup file, you’ll find numerous .xml files which you should upload/import on other RSS readers to continue your subscription.
While most of the Google reader alternatives that I’ve mentioned here are free; there are chances that couple them might turn into premium. Let’s look at them one by one.
Google Reader Alternatives
I’ve been using feedly from the time when the news about Google reader shutdown hit the road. I just don’t feel comfortable with new services in first couple of days and that’ why I started giving a try to feedly. Some of the key highlighting features have been mentioned below.
- Feedly is totally free to use.
- It supports cross-platform which means that you can simply use their web application or standalone application on Android and iOS device.
- It gives clear idea of how an article is performing on social networks such as Facebook and Twitter by showing likes and tweets.
- You can easily save posts for offline reading.
- They are still working on adding search support.
- Digg Reader is totally free at the moment but reports claim that they might just make it premium. (If you ask me, I don’t really think so.)
- You can use it on any web browser.
- There are only two sharing options/platforms available i.e, you can either share on Facebook or twitter.
- Like Feedly, they are also planning to add search and other extra add-ons soon.
- Netvibes is free to use.
- Like feedly and Digg Reader, Netvibes can also be used on any web browser.
- It also allows you to save your posts for later reading.
- You can share these posts to Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Evernote, Pocket, Buffer, Flipboard, Hootsuite, Yammer, Readability or you can simply send an email.
- Newsblur is free for limited number of feeds. Once you’ve added 64 feeds, you need to pay $1 to $3 monthly.
- They do have a dedicated app for Android and iOS users.
- No doubt, the website runs on most of the internet web browsers.
- The Newsblur reader is intelligent enough to sort the posts according to your activities. This means that if you like or dislike articles from certain author, it will automatically filter them for next time.
- Not to mention, you can share these posts with others and also see globally shared posts.
Hootsuite is a different kind of web app which lets you add your twitter feeds, Facebook feeds and even website feeds; all at one place.
- The Hootsuite’s basic plan is free but they do offer premium services for premium offers.
- Allows you to add RSS feeds, Facebook stream and twitter stream etc.
- You can also add posts to favorite like you used to add star in Google reader.
- You can easily search with any keyword within the stream.
- AOL Reader is still in beta and available for free.
- It allows you to star the posts.
- It can be opened on any web browser.
- The basic plan at Feedspot is free however upgrading to gold plan will cost you $1.99 per month.
- Gold members can share posts to Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, Readability, Instapaper and much more services.
- Like Google reader, it also allows you to add stars and can be used on any web browser.
- Curata Reader is free.
- Allows you to share to Facebook, Twitter or email.
- Default view – Expanded (You can’t change this).
- It also allows you to thumbs up or thumbs down posts/articles.
- You can also flag posts which is very much similar to adding a star to the post in Google reader.
- CommaFeed is free to use and compatible with most of the web browsers.
- Sharing button included – Facebook, Twitter, Instapaper, Buffer, Pocket and Google.
- Yes, this service also allows you to add star.
- Inbuilt search
- Feedreader online is free and compatible with almost all web browsers.
- You can either use it inside web browser or you can download.
- Inbuilt support for adding a star.
- Sharing buttons – Facebook, Google+, Twitter and email.
- Feebin offers premium packages – $2 per month or $20 per year.
- Support to add stars to the posts
- Compatible with most of web browsers
- List view and expanded view