Since 2005, Google Reader has had a loyal following, being a great product for subscribing to RSS feeds from websites. But over the past few years, there have been many modern applications available for information subscription. Here are some noteworthy alternatives to Google Reader:
- NewsBlur (or try dev.newsblur.com) is a personal news reader, free on the web, iPad, iPhone, and Android. It’s open source, which is great.
- The Old Reader is a social RSS reader. You can even import your feeds directly from your Google Reader account.
- Fever is a unique RSS reader. It reads your feeds and picks out the most frequently talked about links from a customizable time period. It’s a self-hosted application (built with PHP and MySQL), that you can run on your own server.
- Feedly is another way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite sites. You can sync with Google Reader. Feedly is available for Chrome, iPhone/iPad, Android, Kindle.
- Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source Web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible.
- Reeder is another popular RSS reader for iPhone, iPad and Mac.
- Pulse is a fast and beautiful way to read your favorite blogs, magazines, social networks and newspapers. It’s available on Web, iOS and Android.
- RSSOwl is a free and powerful news feed reader for the desktop. It’s available for Windows, Linux and Mac.
The official reason for the Google Reader closure has been attributed to declining usage, but we think the reality of the situation can be better summed-up in a comment left on an online forum by an upset user:
That’s because there was almost ZERO innovation done on this product. Very few (mostly visual) improvements, and very few new features. The latest posts on Google Reader blog are from 2011.
With new content being published ever-increasingly, readers’ demand exploding and mobile+tablet usage sky-rocketing, the landscape of information subscription is changing. User behaviour is more social-driven now than ever, and presentation is moving to a low-noise, personalized, real-time “river style“. There’s plenty of room for innovation and growth in the information subscription space, and Feedity is committed to it.
Update: Here’s a response from Brian Shih, former Google Reader Product Manager:
Personally, I think that there is still a lot of value a service like Reader could provide — particularly in a world with increasing information overload coming us from many different sources. But Reader at Google was pigeonholed as an RSS-reader explicitly, and didn’t have a chance to grow beyond that to explore that space.
Prominent websites like Wikipedia, Google, Flickr, Wired, WordPress and many others, went on a blackout today in protest against a US Senate legislation that would certainly kill them forever. It would kill Feedity forever. It would kill a million other useful websites and Web applications forever. It would kill the entire notion of ‘Freedom of Speed and Expression’, forever.
As BoingBoing has put it aptly:
The legislation is called the PROTECT IP Act (PIPA), and would put us in legal jeopardy if we linked to a site anywhere online that had any links to copyright infringement.
This would unmake the Web, just as proposed in the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). We don’t want that world. If you don’t want it either, visit AmericanCensorship.org for instructions on contacting your Senator. You might also join us with Craigslist and Reddit and sign this petition. The Electronic Frontier Foundation has more information on this and other issues central to your freedom online.
Feedity was founded on the belief that RSS/XML can immensely enhance data extraction over the Web, as a massive database. Here at Feedity, we deal with external content all the time and we believe in the reuse of public content for a more informative and knowledgeable online community.
We oppose SOAP and PIPA. Support us and help spread the word.
Guys at IMTalk (Internet Marketing & SEO Forum) have compiled a useful list of RSS Directories/Aggregators where you can submit your RSS feeds and get some free backlinks.
By submitting your RSS feeds to these directories you can get your feed content indexed and also receive backlinks from other websites/blogs. These RSS directories don’t require you to register and some don’t even require approval, which means that your feed content will spread instantly.
If you don’t have RSS Feed, then you can create one in seconds with Feedity.
Over the past few months, Web traffic and usage of Feedity has increased in magnitude. We are providing a unique service to more users and delivering more custom RSS feeds than ever before. This substantial growth has made it essential for us to expand and optimize our infrastructure, while maintaining a highly-available application round-the-clock.
Considering this progression, we’ll be migrating our application server on Saturday, 31 July 2010. The new server environment will help us deliver better performance and faster feeds to Feedity customers. It will also allow us to improve the scalability and security of our core product, in alignment with our future plans.
The server migration will commence on Saturday, 31 July 2010. The actual migration and DNS changes will only take under an hour, but DNS propagation normally takes upto 24-48 hours.
During this period, user sign-ups, account upgrades and creation of new feeds through the Feed Builder will be disabled and temporarily unavailable.
Existing members will still be able to login to their account (correction: login will be temporarily unavailable as well). Existing feeds will be generated and delivered as normal. This transition does not affect Corporate plan users.
Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. We’ll post more updates before, during and after the server migration. Our best efforts will go towards resuming full services as soon as possible.
Update 1 (31 July): Server migration has commenced. Functions like login, sign-ups, account upgrades and creation/editing feeds will be temporarily unavailable.
Update 2 (31 July): Server migration is progressing as planned. We’ll be making DNS changes next. DNS propagation will takes upto 24-48 hours.
Update 3 (31 July): Server migration has completed. DNS propagation will takes upto 24-48 hours.
Update 4 (2 August): DNS seems to have propagated. All functions are active. Thanks to all Feedity users for their support and understanding. Please contact us if you face any issues.