Now that the long-standing Google Reader has been discontinued, it has become quite a task to keep tab of all your favourite blogs and to generally read on the web. So how do millions of Google Reader users cope with the unfortunate demise of Google Reader? Thankfully, there are alternatives that not only successfully replace the value that Google Reader brought to the table, but also take it to the next level.
Visuals have quite a positive impact on people’s online reading experiences. One of the best ways to read, organise, and share your content is Feedly. Feedly will manage your reading experiences when you bookmark your favourite RSS feeds and share them with the program. It is also available as an add-on for browsers, so it works well with Firefox, Safari and Chrome. It is also available on the Apple App Store as well as on Google Play. Feedly Normandy is a great Google Reader alternative if you want a seamless migration of your RSS feeds. It also has a couple of handy tips that make your switch a whole lot simpler.
Reeder is an elegant, simple alternative to Google Reader that has easy-to-use RSS management services that are available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. Reeder borrows a lot of its functionality, design elements, and colour cues from Apple. It has features that allow users to share content on social media platforms as well as standard RSS management features. Redder also allows users to save their feeds on Evernote, ReaditLater, Instapaper and Readability.
Newsblur is one of the best Google Reader alternatives because the interface is pretty similar to each other. It is a great option if you want to import and manage previous RSS feeds. Don’t let the demo video confuse you, because this is a pretty simple software to understand. Newsblur features availability on Smartphones, the web, and on tablets. It provides “In context reading”, real-time RSS, and share stories. With your help, it can even train itself to hide certain content that you don’t want to see on your RSS feeds. Newsblur has a few restrictions such as site limits which allow 64 for free accounts and 10 stories at a time, site updates and public shares are offered just once a day.
Netvibes’ tagline is “Dashboard everything” and it is the closest you will come to an experience like Google. It has a personal RSS feed management but is meant more for ‘listening’ or ‘tuning in’ to corporate whispers. It has an iGoogle page and features all your content in a single dashboard-like setting.
Pulse has always been an underdog, but it deserves a mention here because of its refreshing visual interface and its ability to pull your feeds to Android, iOS, and the web. Pulse is a great alternative because not only is it practical, it is also free to use. Pulse has a dedicated app for tablets and mobile phones too.
While Flipboard is more of a reader where users discover content rather than add RSS feeds, it has found its way on this list. Available for the iPad and iPhone, Flipboard limits its feeds to a specific inventory of websites. It works better on mobile devices but not so much the web.