Which Alternative Did You Choose For Google Reader? [MakeUseOf Poll]

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This week’s poll question is: Which Alternative Did You Choose For Google Reader?

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This week I realized I’m out of time. Google Reader will be gone in less than a month, and if I don’t transfer my feeds and my reading habits NOW, it’s going to be too late soon. Whether you played it safe and found a replacement the week Google made the announcement, or, like me, waited for the last minute, you probably have an alternative by now. Even if you still use Google Reader, chances are you have a replacement standing by for when the time comes. So which alternative did you go for? Did you stick to an RSS solution, or did you change your reading habits completely? Share your decisions with us, and help late adopters make the best decision possible!

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Don’t forget to tell us what makes your choice the best one, what you like about it, and why you chose it. We await your recommendations!

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SherryD

I’m using RSSOwl and Feedreader3.14 on my desktop.

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Alan Wade

I switched from Google Reader to Feedly but then they sent me a questionaire asking how much would I be willing to pay for an ad free premium version along with a multitude of other questions. I now use FeedReader which gives me everything I want and is not ad supported. Admittedly, it took a few minutes to set it up the way I want it but that said I am quite happy with it.

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Max

For the time being, I’m still using RSS. I’m addicted to it, though I know I should be narrowing my services down (twitter). I’m using feedly, because it seems like the most complete product right now, as it’s been around the longest. Other readers were created simply BECAUSE google reader was being shut down, and as a result, are mostly bootstrap based, uglyish, paid, unreliable, featureless, untrustworthy, etc.

Feedly looks like it has a bright future, but when I read in this article “Did you stick to an RSS solution, or did you change your reading habits completely?” I realize that I should switch off of RSS completely at some point. The fact that there’s an obligation to read every new item that comes to my news reader gets annoying/becomes a chore.

So yeah, Feedly for now, but hoping to ditch soon.

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JohnnyG

QuiteRSS. Has everything I need and is fast. A better option than RSSOwl imo.

Lisa Santika Onggrid

I like that one as well. It has nice UI.

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Jared Anderson

I unfortunatly came into the rss crowd at the downfall of Google reader.
I have been looking for a desktop app for sometime but finding good quaity desktop rss readers on linux can be a pain. So, after some exploration, I decided to use a combination of IFTTT and pocket. it works perfectly for my needs and pocket has the nice feature of removing all the cruft from a web page. So in the end it leaves a clean solid page to just read and a pretty graphic flip through of the articles i have to read.

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MrA

CommaFeed is good.

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Pierre-Louis

Good Noows

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amb_78

For me, InoReader is the best one, by far.
The interface is very similar to Google Reader.

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kajehart

Feedly updates rapidly, is seamless between Win and the iOS app, marks posts as read quickly, has a clean GUI, and is not a resource-hogging client. The only think I’ve asked for is a keyword filter to screen out posts from showing.

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Bumferry

I have tried to use a few different redaers before now and have settled on Google Currents.
I can get all of my web feeds, papers, news and the like as well as reading blogs that I follow.

The UI is great and easy to handle.

On a side note I also use Taptu for news and interests. It was much easier to set up than feedly,flipboard and pulse – all of which made me pull my hair out.

I know they are popular but they wouldn’t give me the customising option I wanted compared to Taptu.

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67GTA

Akregator is my favorite, but I only use Linux, so it won’t apply to most here.

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Manide

After several tests, I’ve choosen InoReader (as recommended by someone, here on makeuseof.com). It seems to be fast enough compared to others. This isn’t the final decision. I’m waiting for the Reader which Digg are working on – http://blog.digg.com/post/45355701332/were-building-a-reader

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Josh

i’m surprised to see such overwhelming support for Feedly which doesn’t even have an app and requires you to use chrome or firefox.

Personally I’m done with relying on 3rd party services and went with TTRSS. Although it too doesn’t have a desktop app it’s self-hosted and has a mature platform and API.

Of course that’s not for everyone. Commafeed was my first choice but I didn’t have nor want the necessary libraries and SDKs to build it just to deploy it, so I went with the simpler TTRSS and it’s great

jimbo

“didn’t have nor want the necessary libraries and SDKs to build it just to deploy it” – do you mean to built a mobile client rather than use the web interface ? think they intend to provide one shortly

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Scutterman

I tried Feedly to start off with, but I found it was too form over function for me. I have a very particular way of reading feeds, and there wasn’t the options available to me in Feedly. Also, in the android app, it insisted on displaying the first article in every folder as a large post, which ate up a lot of real estate.

After I ditched Feedly I went to The Old Reader, which is fantastic apart from a few teething problems it had (very slow import of feeds mainly) when it got flooded after Google Reader shut down. I still find the feed refresh time is slow sometimes, and the mobile version could do with a bit of work, but other than that it’s pretty perfect.

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memsuli

I first went to The Old Reader, I really liked the web interface but unfortunately mobile use was a pain, so I had to move on again. Currently I am using NewsBlur, it is not perfect for my needs but the closest I could find (web interface that works on any browser & Android app or at least a good mobile web version). I also don’t mind paying for the service, before I would’ve only considered free options but nowadays I think that if I am to expect reliable service, the least I can do is to support the service provider. This way I also don’t have to worry about the provider getting money off me in some backhanded ways. Plus, open source software is always appealing, even if I myself lack the skills to help with the development.

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Paul

I use FeedDemon

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Oak

http://theoldreader.com – decent keyboard shortcuts for mouseless reading of RSS feeds. One of the very few with left sidebar links that can actually be used by the Firefox Pentadactyl add-on! :)

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P R

I first started using Feedly, but found Firefox freezing a lot when I used the Feedly extension, so I uninstalled it and all is well with Firefox. I switched to the Old Reader. Imported my subscriptions from an OPML file and all is well. No glitches that I have seen so far.

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mike

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Boris Belov

Good Noows

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Michael

I tried various readers and finally decided on Feedly. My biggest requirement was something I can easily sync with my Android and computers. The whole using an add-on with Firefox is a small pain but worth it in the end.

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dspang

I used QuiteRSS. It is a desktop reader. I’m very pleased with it.

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Sue Mclaughlin

Of all the feed readers I tried, Feedly was the most like Google Reader.

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hildyj

I’ve settled on CommFeed. It’s as close to a clone of Reader as I could find.

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Richard Basham

Tried Feedly for a while. But just signed up for CommaFeed and like it much better.

AriesWarlock

I am trying Commafeed, but after getting some new unread feeds, it shows older feeds so I don’t know if those were still not received by Commafeed before or what.

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Nez

Feedly for me, was using it way before Google even announced shutdown of their reader, because of issues with it.

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Karen

I am using NetVibes and really like it. Imported my XML from Reader quick and easy. Works great on all my browsers and my phone. Keeps everything synced. Free too.

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GamerJunkdotNet

Feedly

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ComputerUser

Bamboo Feed Reader (Firefox Addon). Great minimalist RSS reader, that lets me easily load pages in background tab.

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Saumil Mehta

A service with Mobile & Web based presence is better then to have only Web based service.
Feedly is my choice because there is no other choice.

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Louise

Reeder

PH

I also like and use Reeder. I’m surprised it doesn’t have more attention as an alternative…

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Vampie C.

I’ve installed my own version of Tiny tiny RSS reader

Because it’s not the first time that a service gets shut down.
Posterous, Astrid.com are a few other examples of services that are shut down.

SO i’m tending to install all kind of services on my own hosting, so that things like that never happen again.

I have my own wordpress blog, my own url shortnerand now my own RSS reader, because TTRRS has an android app that syncs with it.

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Adrian Barat

I choose Feedly. It’s a great service and very easy to use. It has a very nice interface and you can organize your articles. Until now, I’m satisfied with this service. I recommend you check it out.

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Paul Prakash J

Switched to Feedly…it offers a clean interface. Will continue to use GReader if google choose not to close it.

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Robert Walsh

I use netvibes

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Michael F. Stout

Netvibes is what I use…..

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Julia Thorne

I’m using If This Then That to send through to my inbox (using the RSS feed on the blog)

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Jackie Parkins

I chose Feedly temporarily but I will probably try out some of the others once Reader is actually gone.

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Mona

I changed to Feedly, but think I may choose another one or two as well. I will see which I like after a time and stick with that one.

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Alan S

Netvibes

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JM

I switched to Protopage – so easy to use, and nice interface.

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JM

Protopage is so easy to set up and looks nice too!

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Zool

Do any of these RSS readers work with Google Alerts?

I currently select the “Feed” option for my alerts as email delivery is too cumbersome to manage with more than a handful of alerts.

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Katharine Wood

I use Feedly. And if and when they start to charge I will likely pony up and pay it because I’d really like not to have to go through this process again. Plus I just really like Feedly. The magazine style might turn some people off (although in my opinion, it’s a big plus for blogs with a lot of visual content), but you can easily switch to list view which is pretty much exactly like Google Reader. Plus there are a ton of nice social sharing features. Plus the Feedly team constantly updates to fix bugs, add new features, tell the users their plans, etc. I like that kind of engagement. It reassures me that they aren’t going to suddenly abandon the project.

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Graham Richardson

I tried Commafeed but found it too slow. Really wanted to stick with QuiteRSS which is a great desltop client but it does seem to miss out a lot of feeds – cant get it to give me MUO for a start!
Was alos having trouble with all of my Flickr feeds which is essential for me. For these I am back to Feedly for now as it does seem to work well. I thinkover the coming months I will try any others to see if I can get a one fits all like Google Reader was, otherwise I will have to use two!
Most annoying that nothing seems to work on IE7 which we are stuck with at work so lunchtime reading is out for now until we come out of the dark ages.

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Juan Monsalve

feedly, it has great future and listens to its user base

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