Google Reader closing down: alternative apps and services

With Google's recent announcement that it will be closing its RSS and Drive aggregating service Google Reader on July 1, here are some alternative apps to keep your content in one easily accessible place. 

There is no need for users of the service to panic: using Google's Takeout service (google.com/takeout), users can seamlessly extract their feeds and move them into some of the other services outlined below. For more information about Google Takeout see googlesystem.blogspot.fr/2011/06/google-takeout.html.

Alternative services to Google Reader for news junkies include:

Feedly
http://www.feedly.com

Recommended by tech sites such as Engadget, Feedly is looking like the front runner for displaced Google Reader users. The service is not exactly the same as Google Reader, offering more of a "flipboard" style layout, but it does support Windows, Android, iOS and web apps (Chrome, Firefox, Safari). In a March 14 blog post the company also pledged to make Google Reader/Feedly integration seamless.

NetVibes
http://www.netvibes.com

Yes, NetVibes, launched in 2005, is still alive and kicking and could well be taken off the shelf and dusted off by Google Reader users searching for an alternative. One of the downsides to the site is that it does not integrate third-party apps and is not as smooth as Google Reader, but the service, recommended by sites such as Pocket-Lint, does offer a very decent free "basic" service, with the option for power users to pay for more advanced features.

NewsBlur
http://www.newsblur.com

NewsBlur is an open source project supporting web, Android and iOS apps for aggregating and reading news feeds. Recommended by sites such as SearchEngineLand, it offers users a maximum of 64 streams for free, and for a mere $1 per month the number of streams becomes unlimited. Users can share content with one another, like they can on Google Reader, and receive push notifications for news in real time.

The Old Reader
http://theoldreader.com

The Old Reader might currently be in open beta, but it describes itself as "the ultimate social RSS reader. It's just like the old google reader, only better." Recommended by sites such as newstatesman.com, The Old Reader allows users to import their Google Reader feeds and post items of interest to their Facebook account if they so wish, essentially functioning like the 2011 version of Google Reader. Sign-in via a Facebook or Google account is permitted.

RSS Miner
http://rssminer.net

Recommended by sites such as ghacks.net, RSS Miner is minimalist but also impressively fast. Users can easily directly import their Google Reader feeds. The layout is slightly unusual though, with the contents of the left-hand side bar, which features a list of the user's folders, changing when a news item is clicked on. Users can try out RSS Miner for free by selecting "Try Out Rssminer" on the home page. GoogleOpenID sign-in is permitted.


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