Google’s deadline for the closure of its still-popular RSS tool Reader is approaching ever near, and users will have to find a replacement before July 1st of this year before the service shuts for good. The news has resulted in a mass exodus from Reader to the next best alternatives, with some existing reader services like Feedly adjusting to make room for refugees.
There has also been a surge of new apps designed to fill Reader’s boots, among them is CommaFeed.
The lightweight web app runs in your browser and promises a “bloat-free” RSS experience while retaining much of the functionality of Google’s dying Reader. The service allows users to sign-up and opt to import their Google Reader feeds easily while retaining folder structures. The end result is a reader that looks vaguely like Google’s, albeit with no mention of Gmail, Google+ or other products.
One particularly nifty feature for those averse to minimalism is the ability to add your own custom CSS under the service’s settings. This means you can change fonts, colours, backgrounds and anything else you see fit to customise your own news reading experience. There are controls for filtering and organising feeds as well as a search engine to find what you’re looking for.
The service is completely free to use, though there is a donation button if you’d like to thank the creator. For more Reader alternatives check out Justin’s round-up for RSS refugees.
- A lightweight, minimalist Google Reader replacement without the bloat.
- Sign up quickly and import your feeds from Reader.
- Add custom CSS to make the service your own.
- Free and open source, can be forked on GitHub.
Check out CommaFeed @ CommaFeed.com