It seems like the time has finally come … Google Reader … is dead.
As of yesterday the service, which many of us have come to call a staple in our online usage, has ceased to operate.
There is still time to export data (if you need) but the more important thing is what ever shall we do to replace this service for our RSS needs – and does this big change open new opportunities to spark an interest in RSS within the mainstream Web community?
The following are a few examples of RSS readers and services which should take the place of Google Reader (and hey, you may end up liking them more).
Before you begin
If you want to easily move your selection over to a new reader than you can use the Google Takeout service which will export your data (and then later imported to another).
Log into the service, select the Reader option, and do the download. Now you’re set to move.
The worthwhile alternatives
Below is a hand-crafted selection of alternatives to Google Reader that should handle all of your needs (and may expand on your use of RSS since readers have come a long way):
Feedly is all kinds of sexy and is one of the most popular alternatives for RSS (especially now that Google Reader is out of the picture). You can access all your favorite feeds from your devices or through the Web; it keeps things simple in design, layout, and white-space so you can quickly browse through the offerings without feeling too overwhelmed by data.
Feedly is free, of course, and comes with a set of features that you’ll find delightful (that Reader failed to deliver upon) such as its speed, social sharing, and a selection if display styles that reinvents how you manage your favorite websites. In all, it’s amazing.
Pulse is a great choice for your Google Reader alternative if you’re tired of the same-old, same-old when it comes to interface and interaction with your feeds. Pulse takes your subscriptions and adds a stylish layer that’s perfect for when you’re on the go and want a magazine-type feel.
You can download Pulse for iOS, Android, or access it through your Web browser. What makes the service especially fun is the ability to save stories for later and sync them across your devices so you’re never stuck in front of your computer just to read the news.
Digg.com has seen quite a few ups and downs over the year with the latest being a brand new takeover and update that is vastly different than the Digg of yesteryear. One of these big changes, as of late, has been the introduction of the Digg Reader which the Digg team quickly put together as an alternative.
The Digg Reader is simple and stylish; you can quickly setup an account if you’re already logged into your Google account or you could use social networking site logins as your alternative. Once you’re in it’s a matter of importing the data or manually adding things back in (if you’d like to start fresh).
The death of Google Reader is a strange blow to every user of the Web (or, at least those that used RSS in the first place). Website owners may see a dip in regular readers if subscribers decided to ditch RSS all-together since their preferred service is no longer available. Generally users, too, may not see the draw of RSS anymore since we have social media to keep things in check. Whatever side you’re on do know that you have options and maybe take the time to educate your readers because RSS is a great way to stay informed … if you use it.