Bring the News to Life With These Slick Google Reader Alternatives

Guy McDowell 19-02-2013

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But there ARE Google Reader alternatives! You don’t have to be locked into the Googlesphere for your news anymore. You can customize the news you want to see and view it the way you want with these tools that aren’t (yet) owned by Google. Not that Google Reader is bad, but it is having its difficulties apparently. Google Reader works and lead the way in RSS feed readers for a long time, but it’s boringly simple, even for Google design ethics. These readers add new dimensions! They add new ways to physically interact with your news. They grow with you and if life does anything, it grows. So, prepare to breathe new life into the way you use news!

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This Google Reader alternative is gaining traction like a thousand pound man driving a monster truck.  Mind you, I don’t like the name. I thought we were past the days where web applications had names that had nothing to do with their functions. But it’s kind of cool. The news that you are getting is news that means something personal. No, it is much more than an RSS feed reader, and more than a social network aggregator. Look at what you can bring together here: Twitter feeds and hashtags, Facebook statuses from your primary and up to two of your secondary Facebook pages. Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest and the grand-daddy, RSS.

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“RebelMouse is your public home on the web, representing what you share and care about.” Isn’t that the point though? What good is news about what Obama ate for breakfast or which Kardashian farted this morning? I want to know how my friends and family are doing. I want to know what game changers in the different fields I’m interested in are doing. RebelMouse does that AND I can share my custom newspaper-ish site with the world.

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I have to say, I’ve been putting off signing up for RebelMouse for several months. Then I watched as some of my favorite writers for television started piling on it. Then web writers, developers, and designers. Then I signed up for the purpose of this article. Now, I really like it!


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Sadly, perhaps happily,oh dear I’m not sure, Google+ IS a good alternative to Google Reader. I’m not sure how I feel about Google+ still after over a year of trying to use it off and on. It’s kind of like when someone sticks their finger in your belly button. It’s a weird feeling, but not sure if it’s a good feeling. At first it seemed like Google was playing, “Me too!” to Facebook, kind of like Orkut did with MySpace. Look where they are now. In the basement behind that $400 coat hanger someone once called an exercycle. You were so proud of it once, now you look at it in shame.

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Google+ does work, as essentially a Google Reader on growth hormone New To Google+? Quick Tips You Need to Know Google+ was never quite the Facebook killer it was hyped up to be, but it’s been growing steadily ever since it’s been introduced and now has over 100 million active users. Whether you’re just getting... Read More . It is garnering much more attention and use, especially amongst the tech crowd. Which probably includes you. Apparently, Google+ can also have a significant impact on SEO rankings as well, which is no real surprise. I believe that’s an engineered marketing feature to get the tech crowd using it.  It is working.

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These three new Google Reader alternatives are going into my kit bag for keeping up with my world, connecting others to my world, and sharing my world with you. They are breathing new life into the way I stay connected to my sphere of influence and my sphere of concern. That’s the news that matters. That’s the news that shapes our lives.

How do you get your news? Let us know in the comments. If you work for any of these companies, I’d be glad to hear what you think of my reviews, or about features I may have missed. In the comments, right down there. Yep, right there.

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  1. Kannon Yamada
    February 20, 2013 at 11:52 pm

    Guy, you always write about the awesomest stuff!

    From what I can tell, these are news 2.0 apps - they try to recreate the experience offered by a newspaper, except in all ways better. At that, they've totally succeeded. The RebelMouse app looks pretty outstanding.

    I'm curious though, do any offer hotkeys, folders or other kinds of productivity features available in Google Reader?

    • Guy McDowell
      February 21, 2013 at 1:46 am

      Very good question Kannon. I really don't know. Maybe I'm just at that age where I assume that those great usability features always get overlooked, so I don't even look for them.

      For hot keys on a web page, at most I usually only tab around. I'll have to check that out on these apps AND Google Reader.

  2. Suzi Love
    February 19, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Thanks for pointing me towards RebelMouse. Trying it out now and can't wait to see what it can incorporate.

    I use Feedly as a Reader but find it too limiting. I trialed to make a magazine type hub and quite liked it, but it then became Pressi and are now charging $15 per month so I haven't signed.

    A smaller monthly fee is fine if it allows you being in multiple feeds so I'm hoping RebelMouse solves my problems.


    • Guy McDowell
      February 19, 2013 at 11:43 pm

      RebelMouse is going to do a premium service for a fee, but that hasn't started yet. I would imagine all the features that are currently there would remain free once the fee service starts.

  3. Taneya Koonce
    February 19, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I also use Feedly as a G Reader alternative.

  4. robyn
    February 19, 2013 at 5:45 pm

    i'm one of those rare ones who don't like pictorial readers like flipboard. just came across mobi reader HD today for iPad and i am LOVING it. it's on sale for FREE (regularly $3.99) and i think it's a keeper. it gives me the triple plite screen that i've been looking for: feeds, titles, article. yippee!!

    • Guy McDowell
      February 19, 2013 at 8:09 pm

      Free? Why, that just happens to be my favourite price!

  5. Kristopher Hesson
    February 19, 2013 at 1:15 pm

    I'm trying out Rebel Mouse and I see where you can add individual RSS feeds, but is there a way to import all feeds from google reader?

    • Guy McDowell
      February 19, 2013 at 2:57 pm

      I'm digging around for that too. I've tweeted RebelMouse. Hopefully, they'll come by and give us an answer.

      • Kristopher Hesson
        February 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

        Cool. Mind posting the response, once you find out? I'll do the same if I get it first.

      • Kristopher Hesson
        February 19, 2013 at 3:54 pm

        I just got this back via an email I sent:

        Hey Kris,

        Thanks for reaching out. Right now you can connect up to 25 feeds (in your Dashboard's Content & Feeds tab), but we'll likely allow for more connections as a paid feature down the road. How many would you like to connect? Let us know if there's anything else we can help with. Thanks!


  6. Scott
    February 19, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I've been using Newsblur and like it very much.

    • Guy McDowell
      February 19, 2013 at 3:02 pm seems very similar to Google Reader, with a little Outlook thrown in there. If it works for you, roll with it!

  7. susendeep dutta
    February 19, 2013 at 10:47 am

    Pulse ?

    • Guy McDowell
      February 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

      Yep, [Broken Link Removed] falls into this category as well. Very nice...

  8. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 19, 2013 at 8:14 am

    I'm using Google+ and I love it's interface.

    • Guy McDowell
      February 19, 2013 at 2:58 pm

      The interface does a very good job of making this feature-filled app, seem not as cluttered as it could be. Another example of simple works.