Good Noows – The Best Alternative to Google Reader

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addtogoodnoows 150px   Good Noows   The Best Alternative to Google ReaderGoogle Reader might have the monopoly on RSS readers, but for those of you who don’t want to hand your entire internet life over to Google, we have some good news for you (pun entirely intended). Good Noows is the best alternative to Google Reader. The sleek online RSS reader offers a lot of the features you can find in Google Reader, and adds a few extra interesting gems that we haven’t seen elsewhere.

Good Noows is a Google Reader alternative that gives you more control over the layout, with enough choices that everyone is bound to find something that appeals to them.


It enables the sharing of links and stories easily on major social media sites, and it’s all presented in a sleek and streamlined manner. With the overwhelming amount of information that is thrown at us online everyday, from every possible source, Good Noows give its users a pleasant way to keep up with the latest stories from their favourite websites.

You cannot sign up for an account with Good Noows itself, but rather can use Facebook, Twitter, Google, Yahoo or LinkedIn to access the site. Once you’ve signed in, it only takes a few minutes before you have your personalised RSS reader set up, delivering the content that matters to you.

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The first step in setting Good Noows up is choosing the sources of your information. In each category, from Headlines, to Science and Technology, to Satire, you can choose from the suggested major news sources, mainly from the US, UK and Germany. A nice touch you’ll find using Good Noows is that it takes into account your location, so for example, visiting Good Noows in Egypt, one of the news sources included on the list was a major weekly English language newspaper published in Cairo.

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You can also choose to add custom sources, simply by selecting the category you want that source to appear in, click on ‘Add custom source’ and enter the URL of the website.

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Once you have done that, the website you have entered will appear in the list, and will be checked.

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It should be mentioned however that the first time you log in to Good Noows, a lot of news sources have already been selected by default, so if there are certain sources you don’t want to receive news from, be sure to check each category and uncheck the websites you don’t want to follow.

Once you’ve selected your sources, the next step is to choose from 9 different visual styles. If you prefer a magazine styled theme, go with Pulitzer Story.

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If you prefer large headlines and nothing else, go with Gutenberg Letters.

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If you want to see the headline, along with either the first line from each story or a one line summary, go with Web Stream.

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The 9 available styles vary in the amount of information that can be seen from each story, the font and the layout.

After your initial setup is done, you can easily go back and add or remove sources, and change the visual style. Another nice touch is that you can choose a different layout for each category – but this can only be done after the initial set up. You can further customise the appearance by increasing or decreasing the font size to suit your preferences.

The menu at the top of the page also features a button that allows you to refresh your news sources, to change the visual style, and to automatically translate the entire page into a variety of languages including Arabic, Hebrew, French, Italian and much much more.

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Once you click on any given story, it will redirect to the original story on its website, which will of course appear in its original language.

Once you have visited the link where the story was originally published, the news item will be greyed out on Good Noows.

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Another feature is the ability to search or filter all news stories in any given category for a specific search term. You can save your filters as ‘labels’, adding a button to the top of the page for quick access to your favourite topics, or the topic of the moment.

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Stories can be quickly shared directly from Good Noows using Twitter, Facebook, Buzz, Yahoo or via Email.

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Another interesting feature that you don’t often see is the ability to quickly share links using chat.

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Good Noows’ native chat application is powered by Meebo, and allows you to access Facebook chat, Google Talk, My Space IM, AIM and Meebo itself. To share a link using chat, click on the share button, choose the chat window, and select the contact you would like to share the link with from you contact list. Clicking on their name will result in the link being sent to them in a chat window.

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Have you used Good Noows to keep up with your favourite websites? Let us know what you think of this Google Reader alternative in the comments.

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Helnes

Aaah! This one looks kind of sweet. Gonna give it a try

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Anonymous

When you say best, was that test performed against any alternative 3rd party application other then the original Google reader?

When people say best, readers may expect some comparison.
For instance, have you tried feedly?

nm

I agree that Feedly is great and it has been covered here on MakeUseOf http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/feedly-a-new-firefox-start-page-addon-you-cant-afford-to-miss/

And while I personally enjoyed using Feedly, in my experience as a Chrome user, it has not been as good as it is on Firefox. I don’t want one website/extension to dictate which browser I should be using. GN is very new and I think there is still a lot we’re going to see from them to come..

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xlerate

When you say best, was that test performed against any alternative 3rd party application other then the original Google reader?

When people say best, readers may expect some comparison.
For instance, have you tried feedly?

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Michael Struwig

First major mistake – I can’t import feeds. This is extremely annoying, considering I can log into the service using my Google Account. This would’ve been fine if I could upload an XML file containing all my feeds (which Google Reader allows me to export), but sadly that is missing as well.

Otherwise, the UI is awesome and it’s a (at least for the moment) seemingly good Reader.

But If I were to have 50+ Feeds moved over (as I do), I can’t see myself switching.

nerotic

100% in agreement. Loved the eye candy, but it’s useless unless I can import my feeds.

Tranchefile Numerique

Exactlly. No import, pass!

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Michael Struwig

First major mistake – I can’t import feeds. This is extremely annoying, considering I can log into the service using my Google Account. This would’ve been fine if I could upload an XML file containing all my feeds (which Google Reader allows me to export), but sadly that is missing as well.

Otherwise, the UI is awesome and it’s a (at least for the moment) seemingly good Reader.

But If I were to have 50+ Feeds moved over (as I do), I can’t see myself switching.

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nkapoor

Seems to have some neat features…but take a look at Channelorama at http://www.Channelorama.com/ . Its a free, personalized, web-based RSS reader that allows you to create a) RSS channels, b) select feeds of your choice from the hundreds of available channels, and c) organize & manage these channels in your folders. It allows you to manage the layout of each folder by simply dragging and dropping the feeds to where you want them placed on your personalized Home page. My personal favorite is the extremely convenient way of switching between different personalized folders…

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nkapoor

Seems to have some neat features…but take a look at Channelorama at http://www.Channelorama.com/ . Its a free, personalized, web-based RSS reader that allows you to create a) RSS channels, b) select feeds of your choice from the hundreds of available channels, and c) organize & manage these channels in your folders. It allows you to manage the layout of each folder by simply dragging and dropping the feeds to where you want them placed on your personalized Home page. My personal favorite is the extremely convenient way of switching between different personalized folders…

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Ginger Smith

I don’t like this because I can’t read the entire post without going to the external site.

rkveluvali

Perfect, Feedly can be an alternate in that aspect

nm

That’s interesting because that was one of the selling points for me – I would prefer to go to the original site.

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Jack

This would be better if you could import your feeds as mentioned above. Bloglines is a good alternative. Feedly is an addon rather than a website, nice to use though, glad they got a chrome one now as I haven’t bothered using Firefox for a couple of months now due to the fact it crashes every half hour.

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Roger

I love it!!!! It lacks an importing function but that’s ok. Best of breed!

rkveluvali

Feedly can do that for you(from Google reader), just give a try…

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Michael

I’d like one that categorizes across RSS Feeds. This would be similar to the way that Google news groups together similar articles.

I have a tech folder in feedly. I would like to create my own categories: for example, any article that has (ipad,iphone,jobs,mac) in its headline would be grouped in the same section. Likewise a section that is (MS, microsoft, Natal, xbox, windows, …).

Using this approach I would see all of the Natal/Konnect articles together and the only ones that would show under each source would be articles that are not specifically categorized.

Anyone know of any feedhandlers that either create their own summaries or let you define summaries.

nkapoor

Checkout http://www.Channelorama.com/. You can create folders (a.k.a. categories in your case) to contain feeds of your choice. Switch between the categories/folders to see the full page of feeds for that category only.

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Michael

I’d like one that categorizes across RSS Feeds. This would be similar to the way that Google news groups together similar articles.

I have a tech folder in feedly. I would like to create my own categories: for example, any article that has (ipad,iphone,jobs,mac) in its headline would be grouped in the same section. Likewise a section that is (MS, microsoft, Natal, xbox, windows, …).

Using this approach I would see all of the Natal/Konnect articles together and the only ones that would show under each source would be articles that are not specifically categorized.

Anyone know of any feedhandlers that either create their own summaries or let you define summaries.

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rkveluvali

I feel ‘Good Noows’ as an alternate to Google News or may be Feedly (to be used as an addon to either Firefox or Chrome)

nm

Feedly and Google Reader are very similar in how they do things – Feedly just does it much better. Good Noows is a great alternative, in my opinion, because it offers a very different way of doing things.

My main issue with Feedly is that it doesn’t always play very nice with chrome and I don’t want to switch browsers just for one extension.

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Gderidet

Feedly which works with Firefox and Chrome is for the moment the best alternative to Google Reader. It imports feeds from Google Reader, is very fast, and looks very nice. I just got some problems with Chrome, but this extension works perfect with Firefox.

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nm

I agree that Feedly is great and it has been covered here on MakeUseOf http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/f

And while I personally enjoyed using Feedly, in my experience as a Chrome user, it has not been as good as it is on Firefox. I don’t want one website/extension to dictate which browser I should be using. GN is very new and I think there is still a lot we’re going to see from them to come..

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nm

Feedly and Google Reader are very similar in how they do things – Feedly just does it much better. Good Noows is a great alternative, in my opinion, because it offers a very different way of doing things.

My main issue with Feedly is that it doesn’t always play very nice with chrome and I don’t want to switch browsers just for one extension.

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David Johnson

Really dont understand how people here keep camparing Good Noows and Feedly. They re totally different. In the end Feedly is just another RSS reading machine – a good one I have to admit. What I like Good Noows for is that it actually comes with lots of innovative features I really haven’t seen elsewhere. I just started using it and I decided to stay with it as soon as I learned to appreciate the filter labels. Awesome. Simple and awesome. Of course a browser toolbar could do the same but this thing just brings it all together.

It’s worth it moving your feed config manually!

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David Johnson

Really dont understand how people here keep camparing Good Noows and Feedly. They re totally different. In the end Feedly is just another RSS reading machine – a good one I have to admit. What I like Good Noows for is that it actually comes with lots of innovative features I really haven’t seen elsewhere. I just started using it and I decided to stay with it as soon as I learned to appreciate the filter labels. Awesome. Simple and awesome. Of course a browser toolbar could do the same but this thing just brings it all together.

It’s worth it moving your feed config manually!

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usb flash drive

It would be better if you can import your feeds, as mentioned above. Bloglines is a good choice. Feedly is an addon instead of a website, although access is good, glad they got a chrome one as I now for a couple of months using Firefox crashes every half hour due to the fact that not bother have.

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usb flash drive

It would be better if you can import your feeds, as mentioned above. Bloglines is a good choice. Feedly is an addon instead of a website, although access is good, glad they got a chrome one as I now for a couple of months using Firefox crashes every half hour due to the fact that not bother have.

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Elliot

Looks like feedly with less functionality and more eye-candy. I will stick to my google reader and feedly, but I will keep an eye on this. It definitely has some potential.

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nkapoor

Checkout http://www.Channelorama.com/. You can create folders (a.k.a. categories in your case) to contain feeds of your choice. Switch between the categories/folders to see the full page of feeds for that category only.

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yuregininsesi

I agree. Feedly is more of a Google Reader variation. This Good Noows thing brings actually new features. For the first time I feel like I can really personalize my content without being told how. And it looks 1000 times nicer than anything I have seen.

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yuregininsesi

When you say best, was that test performed against any alternative 3rd party application other then the original Google reader

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Jihan Kamel

It is not really an RSS reader, but uFollow.com is also worth checking out.

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Jihan Kamel

It is not really an RSS reader, but uFollow.com is also worth checking out.

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