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Update On My Search For A Google Reader Replacement


I’ve been exploring various alternatives to Google Reader (see The Best Alternatives To Google Reader Now That It’s Being Shut Down).

Right now, I’m primarily trying out two tools, Feedly (which is on that list and has gotten 500,000 new downloads in the past few weeks) and a new-to-me site called Feedspot.

I’d like to try out The Old Reader, but it’s been five days and I’m still in line for them to accept my subscriptions from Reader. They transferred to Feedspot and Feedly effortlessly.

And I am looking forward to see what Digg comes up, since it appears they are putting a lot of time and effort into developing an RSS Reader.

What about you?

Author: Larry Ferlazzo

I'm a high school teacher in Sacramento, CA.


  1. Neither feedly or feedspot is doing the job for me. I’m pretty tightly integrated with Google Reader/ifttt/evernote. When I star a post in Reader, an ifttt rule transfers that to a note in a special notebook. Every few days, I go through the notebook, add tags and move the notes into an appropriate notebook.

    You can do this within feedly, but it takes too many keystrokes and waiting. You have to log into evernote each time, choose the notebook and fill in the tags. I thought that using buffer would work in less keystrokes, but I have not been able to activate it in my ifttt.

    Still looking.

    • I agree with you that Feedly sometimes requires too many keystrokes. For example, I like its “magazine” view, but it’s not easy to share/save.

  2. I live and work in China and the problem with Feedly (and some others) is that it requires software to be downloaded. I do most of my work on computers where I don’t have authorisation to install software and even if I could, I want a product that will work anywhere rather than just on computers with the software installed.
    Google Reader fit the bill perfectly.

    I have switched to The Old Reader which looks and feels just like Google Reader.

    I recreated all my feeds manually – a tedious process but one that had the advantage of focussing me on which ones are still active and which ones I read properly rather than clicking through. It gave me the incentive to spring clean my feed list so it was, on the whole a useful process.

    As for The Old Reader, so far it seems to do the job, though its updates are a little slower than I’m used to.

  3. I’ve been using Feedly and I’m very pleased with it. It took me a day or two to figure out the interface and I find I prefer to use it on my iPhone, the computer interface requires a lot of clicks to mark things read.

  4. I have switched to Feedly– I like it – I use both the Ipad version and the desktop–My subscriptions switched over seemlessly. However, I still like Reader better

  5. Feedly is still using google reader as a back end. So if there are any fails in google reader, feedly will fail.

    The best alternative so for for me has been newsblur. The developer has been scaling the system and its finally able to cope with the influx of new users. And it’s fast.

  6. I am using Feeldy. I am starting to understand how to use it efficiently on the computer. What I have not yet discovered is how to show an article read on the iPad without opening it up, I don’t see a mark as read option. I just joined Feedspot but don’t see an Ipad option

  7. I used Newsquares (powered by Google Reader) so I investigated too. I’ve moved to Bloglovin and in fact love it. In a lot of ways, it’s better than Newsquares ever was for me.

  8. Feedbin and Reeder; works on my MacBook, iPhone and iPad

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