Google Reader

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  1. AndrewOfCymru

    AndrewOfCymru Puritan Board Freshman

    With the upcoming demise of Google Reader, I was wondering if there are any Reader users here and if they have found any suitable alternatives yet. :detective:
  2. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    I put the same query out to my FB friends. Apparently I'm the only nerd using an RSS feed, much less for roughly 90 feeds (exceeding the cap on the free versions of some alternatives). I did see reviews for Feedly, The Old Reader, NewsBlur, and a few others. None of them have all of Reader's capabilities, and some have freemium versions (NewsBlur, for sure).

    So far, I haven't made a choice yet, and I'm not looking forward to it (or my Hotmail converting itself to Outlook).
  3. Romans922

    Romans922 Puritan Board Professor

    I am a Google Reader user. I'm hoping someone comes up with something.
  4. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

  5. AndrewOfCymru

    AndrewOfCymru Puritan Board Freshman

    I found out that I am the only nerd in my circle of friends too. Most of them didn't know what I was talking about. :lol: I've tried all the ones you have mentioned and a few more, but, as you say, none of them have the same capabilities or UI. I'm trying Taptu at the moment, but it doesn't seem to bring all of the feeds over as quickly as Reader and some not at all.
  6. matt01

    matt01 Puritan Board Senior

    I am as well; however, it doesn't look likely, so I suppose I will cut most of what I read...which is probably a good thing. I don't like any of the other options that I have looked at.
  7. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    i have found Feedly to work pretty well. They are supporting the Google feeds now and will have their own service in place before Greader dies.

    get it at
  8. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    I'm also really bummed about this. I'm going to check out feedly at some point. When is it officially being taken down again?
  9. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    I think Greader ends on July 1
  10. Jake

    Jake Puritan Board Junior

    July 1.
  11. au5t1n

    au5t1n Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I use Reader too. I check it infrequently enough that I'll probably just bookmark the few blogs I want to check here and there.
  12. littlepeople

    littlepeople Puritan Board Freshman

    Yahoo pipes could be set up to replace the function of reader, but it's not at all user friendly to do so.
  13. xirtam

    xirtam Puritan Board Freshman

    Freedly changes everything over with one click (whether good or bad I don't know). I looked at it last week. There are options that allow you to change the view. But alas, it is not Google Reader. Very sad day when I got the July 1st message. Before I found GR I used to click on all of the websites/blogs :tombstone: Google Reader.
  14. PaulCLawton

    PaulCLawton Puritan Board Freshman

    I was planning on waiting until the 11th hour, who knows what might be developed between now and July 1.
  15. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    The Old Reader is the most like GR, but they're vague about what the setup will be come July (as far as a paywall, etc.).
  16. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    If it's until July 1 (I thought I remembered summer) I don't plan on moving away from GR anytime soon. I don't understand why Google made the call to shut down GR though.
  17. Scottish Lass

    Scottish Lass Puritan Board Doctor

    They claimed declining use, focus on other products, etc.
  18. gkterry

    gkterry Puritan Board Freshman

    It isn't just the reader that is disappearing but any rss program that relies on the Google Reader API will be in trouble. So, come July 1st any RSS reader cannot in any way rely on Google or its API. At this point, Feedly is the only one I am aware of that has stated they will have their service totally independent of Google. Granted Feedly is not exactly like Greader but it can be configured to be pretty close on a desktop computer. I would suggest watching some of the Feedly instructional videos. Their mobile apps are a little less configurable due to the available screen real estate. Feedly had something like 500,000 new subscribers in the 2 or 3 days after Google made their announcement.

    All in all I am satisfied with Feedly but who knows something better may come around but if not I am comfortable with Feedly.
  19. JP Wallace

    JP Wallace Puritan Board Sophomore

    I'm trialling NVibe at the minute - it seems fine. You need to sign up to a free account.


    I actually didn't use Google Reader much, but rather the Google Reader Feed into my iGoogle page - that I will miss a lot - I probably won't even use my iGoogle page now.
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2013
  20. Berean

    Berean Puritanboard Commissioner

    Similar to when they announced the demise of iGoogle which is supposed to fade away this coming November I believe. I'll miss it.
  21. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    I made the switch to feedly. It's not the same, but it will do for what I am using it.
  22. xirtam

    xirtam Puritan Board Freshman

    I have feedly too but I still use google reader. I will check it out every now and then to get used to it until July 1st. On a side note, FEEDLY is "nicer" than Google Reader, if that amounts to much?
    Last edited: Mar 22, 2013
  23. Zach

    Zach Puritan Board Junior

    Feedly is "flashier" than Google Reader. That's one of the things I don't like about feedly. Google Reader was nice and plain.
  24. Claudiu

    Claudiu Puritan Board Junior

    It's frustrating how Google will close fairly large projects down almost out of the blue :flamingscot:
  25. xirtam

    xirtam Puritan Board Freshman

    Flashier might be a better word. I'm sure we'll survive this transition.
  26. Manuel

    Manuel Puritan Board Freshman

    Opera... Thunderbird... Firefox live bookmarks... Simple RSS reader for Firefox...
  27. re4med

    re4med Puritan Board Freshman

    I also use (used!?) Google Reader and when they made the announcement I decided to move to my own server based installation of an RSS reader so I would never be caught like this again. I looked at many options and landed on Tiny Tiny RSS, which is database driven. I can offer FREE use to anyone who would like to try it. You can export your current Google Reader to Tiny Tiny RSS (which retains the original tagging). I have customized it to look like Google Reader with far more options (ability to share to Facebook, Evernote, Pocket, Readability, Kindle, Email). I am happy to allow users of the PB free access but you need to contact me first. It works very well (better than Google Reader, I think).
  28. re4med

    re4med Puritan Board Freshman

    I should have also mentioned that there is an app for the installation as well allowing you to read your feeds anywhere. The app is very nice.
  29. Pilgrim

    Pilgrim Puritan Board Doctor

    I only use Hotmail/Outlook as a "junk" account so others may use features that I don't and others may have a different opinion. But it appears to me that the main change is cosmetic. Most (if not all) of the "new" features that have been touted in reviews are things that were added when they upgraded Hotmail a few years ago with the Windows Live roll out. I will say that the Outlook Android app is awful.

    With regard to Google Reader, I don't know what I'll do, if anything. In recent years I've tended to keep up with blogs via FB and Twitter. If it's a Wordpress blog, I follow it with the WP reader. I have a bunch of blogs bookmarked in G Reader, some of which I've probably forgotten about. I probably haven't used it regularly in 3-4 years.
  30. Semper Fidelis

    Semper Fidelis 2 Timothy 2:24-25 Staff Member

    I agree on the comment about Twitter. Not only is it a good way to aggregate things you want to follow but the free Twitter app for iPad is very nice.
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