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Despite a hue and cry from disappointed users, Google has not made any moves to reverse its decision to close down Google Reader on the first of July, just a few weeks away. Despite the name — and the functions it started out with in 2001 — Reader has become more than a simple interface to RSS feeds; Wikipedia gives a concise explanation of how it evolved from just a few features to a full-blown platform of its own, incorporating social-sharing features of the kind that have become expected in many online apps. Those features have morphed over the years along with Google's larger social strategies, along the way upsetting some readers who'd grown used to certain features. If you're a Google Reader user, will you be replacing it with another aggregator?
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  • I'm going to miss igoogle :(
  • Seems legit (Score:5, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:49AM (#43973427)

    www.commafeed.com

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:50AM (#43973433)

    The NSA already reads all the feeds I subscribe to so I don't have to!

  • by Chrisq (894406) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:50AM (#43973445)
    Feedly [feedly.com] is OK, but not as good as reader. In particular I miss being able to use it to combine multiple feeds into a bundle - which then has its own RSS feed that can be displayed on web pages. Also an embeddable view for igHome would be good
    • by onosson (1107107) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:56AM (#43973533) Homepage
      I've been using Feedly since about 1-2 days after the announcement of Reader's cancellation, and although it took a while to get used to it I've found it to be a pretty solid replacement. The iOS app works well for me, and I appreciate that there are a few alternative views available for scrolling through your feed. I hope that it continues to work well once the Reader "tap" is shut off for good - Feedly has said the transition will be "seamless", I have my fingers crossed.
      • by Myopic (18616) * on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @01:45PM (#43976001)

        Agreed. I switched to Feedly a few hours after Google told me they didn't want me to get news from them anymore. I think it's pretty good. The thing I miss from GR is using 'n' and 'p' to read the next and previous news stories. Feedly's documentation swears that it supports keyboard shortcuts, but it doesn't work for me on any of my machines. The layout is usually pretty nice. I'd like more features, but the basic implementation is a satisfactory replacement for Reader.

    • You can already do that in Feedly, just put all the related content you want bundled together in the folder and just read the folder instead of the specific feed.
    • by Geeky (90998) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:00AM (#43973593)

      The thing that put me off feedly was the requirement for a browser extension. Why on earth would you need a browser extension for what ought to be a simple website?

      • Same here, that put me right off it.

        I've gone with Netvibes, more as a replacement for iGoogle rather than Reader. It doesn't have the multiple device sync'ing that reader did but it does make a nice homepage and I've just got used to having to ignore the RSS items which I've already on PC or Mobile when viewing from the other device.
      • by Hatta (162192)

        Why on earth would you need a website for what ought to be a simple RSS reader?

        • by slim (1652) <john AT hartnup DOT net> on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:53AM (#43974363) Homepage

          Why on earth would you need a website for what ought to be a simple RSS reader?

          It feels neater architecturally. If 1000 people use a desktop RSS reader set to poll every 5 minutes, the feed gets 1000 hits every 5 minutes. If they all use a service like Reader (and it's sensibly written) then the feed gets one hit every 5 minutes.

          It has the convenience of giving you all your items, with your unread flags up-to-date, wherever you're reading (home, work, mobile, ...).

          It empowers the provider to generate good "people who liked this also liked..." recommendations -- whether you find that useful, scary or both.

        • by LordThyGod (1465887) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @01:14PM (#43975583)

          Why on earth would you need a website for what ought to be a simple RSS reader?

          Its an NSA requirement.

      • I agree, in particular because I recently switched back to Opera. I use feedly on my iPhone and iPad, but I don't really use those much at work. I still like browsing articles while waiting for compiles to finish, though, so it's a bit lame to not have a reader that works in my browser. :/

    • by Taeolas (523275) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:07AM (#43973695)

      I switched to Feedly as well a few days after the announcement, and I've had no real issues with it. It works for my needs, both on the desktop and on the phone.

      I've also noticed that since I'm not using GReader any more, I've stopped using G+ as well. Feedly's G+ link sharing seems a bit buggy, so I don't share there, and I don't feel the need or desire to check in on G+ any more one way or another. (Granted I barely share on Facebook either).

      My only real beef is email sharing feels a bit cludgy compared to Reader, but even with Reader it wasn't as nice as it used to be.

    • by dc29A (636871) * on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:11AM (#43973743)

      Android client on Feedly always uses their built-in shitty browser. No thanks. I need their client to allow me to pick a default browser (FF + Adblock). Until that happens, no Feedly for you!

    • by Anubis IV (1279820) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:59AM (#43974465)

      I used Feedly for about a month after the Google Reader announcement, but the inability to export your feeds (as .opml or otherwise) was a deal-breaker for me. Their prescribed manner for exporting is to log into your Google account and grab it from there, which won't be an option for much longer, and last I had checked, they had not promised that they'd add the ability, despite increasingly vocal requests from the community.

      So, rather than getting permanently locked into using Feedly, I went searching and ended up at The Old Reader [theoldreader.com], which seems to do a decent job. It doesn't have as much attention to detail, but it's clean, responsive, works well, and most importantly allows me to export my feeds. I wish it supported the ability to set per-folder and per-feed viewing options, rather than changing those options globally, and it'd be nice if it grabbed updates a bit more frequently, since I've noticed it can lag behind Google Reader by a few hours, but overall it's a better replacement for me than Feedly.

      The runner-up for me as Comma Feed [commafeed.com], which also seems to be decent, but it had some quirks that made it annoying to use (e.g. if you wanted to mark more than one article as unread, you had to click the keep unread buttons for them from bottom-to-top, since interacting with an article down lower on the list would mark everything higher on the list as read). It was also noticeably slower to load articles when you clicked on a folder.

  • by eldavojohn (898314) * <eldavojohn.gmail@com> on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:53AM (#43973481) Journal

    How Will You Replace Google Reader?

    (Disclaimer: I'm going to use the term 'bandwidth' universally instead of the more correct 'latency' or 'throughput' so normal people can hopefully understand this post) The biggest problem I have with every alternative I have tried is that they are built with the most annoying design flaws. They are so painful to me that I am certain these flaws will be look back upon as the geocities of our modern day web development.

    When I fire up an alternative, the responsiveness that was in Google Reader just isn't there. And it always seems like the alternatives require you to hit "refresh" on their interface and then what happens? It apparently makes a call out to every single RSS feed to get updates. On the surface this may seem like standard HTTP way of thinking about things. But it makes for a shit user experience. I have thousands of RSS feeds. Thousands. And if I hit refresh in this paradigm, my browser makes 1,000+ HTTP GET requests. It's not a lot of data but if even one of those requests is slow, it's usually blocking on ceding control back to me.

    So let's iterate improvements on here that will get us back to Google Reader style responsiveness, shall we? Well, one of the simplest improvements I can see is to do these requests asynchronously with nonblocking web workers [mozilla.org]. You can attach each of them to the div or construct that each feed is displayed in and only have them work when that feed is visible (for instance if I am collapsing/expanding folders of feeds). You can grey out the feed until the request comes back but if another request returns first, it is parsed and inserted and activated to my vision. That way if cnn.com comes back faster than NASA's Photograph of the Day, I can read while waiting for my images.

    But the core problem is that I'm on my home computer on a residential cable modem and, let's face it, Cox sucks. So what I think Google was doing was sacrificing their bandwidth to actually "reverse" the request from client to server. And, in doing so, they could package up all your updates and ship them out in one request (probably compressed). So, this is how I would approach that. Instead of doing a heart beat HTTP GET to check for RSS updates, I'd build a WebSocket [mozilla.org] and instead of requesting information, the client (browser) would be listening for information. The event/listener paradigm here would save both the user and the RSS host a lot of bandwidth but it would cost the host of the feed reader service some of that bandwidth (although much less). So basically the client JavaScript would load the page just like normal but instead of continually sending HTTP GET requests, a WebSocket would merely inform the server which feeds are active and listen for updates coming in from the server.

    On the downside, this greatly complicates the server side. You need to have one be-all end-all "cache" or storage of all incoming feeds that any user is subscribed to. And for each of these feeds, you need to have a list of the users subscribed to it. And now your server will need to maintain the HTTP GET requests to cnn.com and NASA in order to get updates. When it gets an update, there's two ways you could handle it (user queues are complicated so I won't suggest that) but the most basic way is to send it right out to everyone on that subscription list who has an active WebSocket session established with their account. If a new WebSocket session is established, they simply get the last N stories from their subscriptions (Google included pagination backwards binned by time). To alleviate even more bandwidth from you, you could store it on the client side with HTML5 Web Storage and then the first thing the Web Socket does is find the last date on the last stored element and send that across to t

    • by Aguazul2 (2591049)

      Yeah, after trying some of the alternatives, I was also planning to write my own -- although it's getting a bit late now. Google should have given us maybe a year or two of notice. I was going to do the polling on my webserver, send items as E-mail and then knock something up to view them using luakit.

  • by MichaelJ (140077) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:54AM (#43973497)
    An application on my desktop, or "app" on a tablet or smartphone, is all the aggregation I need in order to read the RSS feeds to which I'm subscribed. The only functionality that Google Reader ever provided that I needed was syncing unread/read information across those applications. Of course, under the covers the applications were letting Google do all the heavy lifting, even the RSS feed checking. Going forward, though, all I need is an RSS reader application that's multiplatform with read/unread syncing.
    • by Geeky (90998)

      OK. So what does that? Genuinely curious, not found an option I like yet.

    • This, except I don't care about synching. Thunderbird does everything I need.

      • by fearlezz (594718)

        I switched to thunderbird as well. My favorite feature: no single company can cut my access to this reader.

    • by Aguazul2 (2591049)

      Disadvantage with a local reader (not backed by an online aggregator): If you are offline for a few days, you miss all that news. Maybe that's okay by you.

    • You're almost there. You need one that's multiplatform with read/unread syncing...maybe web based? Like Google Reader? Which is an aggregator!

  • by ssam (2723487)

    liferea does everything I need. prefer a local application, as it means I can read through the feeds on the train.

  • Newsblur (Score:3, Informative)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:54AM (#43973509)

    In the very worst case, you can stand up your own server, as we have access to the source: https://github.com/samuelclay/NewsBlur

  • by pls2917 (97490) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:55AM (#43973511)

    I've been using http://yoleoreader.com/ [yoleoreader.com] for the last few days and it works well for me. It even pulled the existing feeds directly from Google since I signed on with Google Account.

    • by guidryp (702488)

      I lasted about 5 minutes with Yoleo and gave up. I don't like the layout and it doesn't seem to be configurable and it failed to import many of my reader feeds.

      If nothing web based turns up that is half decent I will go with "newsfox" add on for firefox which does a half decent job. But I would prefer a web based client like reader.

    • Re: (Score:3, Informative)

      by Anonymous Coward

      Hey all, this is Jamie Gilgen, the developer of Yoleo. The importer is very busy right now because of this post, it might take a little bit to import :)

  • by Octorian (14086) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:56AM (#43973523) Homepage

    I'm really seriously considering going with http://theoldreader.com/ as they're the only ones who are even attempting to make a mobile website. However, their mobile site's layout is quite cumbersome to use and desperately needs fixing.

    Everyone else seems overly obsessed with being "app first, screw the rest," where said apps don't run on my phone platform of choice. But if any 3rd party apps I actually can run will support other sites in time, I may give them a shot too.

    • by wile_e8 (958263) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:12AM (#43973763)

      I think The Old Reader is the best replacement for Google Reader because it seems to be the only RSS reader I've found that is actually trying to do what Google Reader did. The others I've tried (specifically Feedly and Netvibes) seem to have different goals but can be adapted to behave similarly (but not the same) to Google Reader. I actually went with Netvibes for about the first month after the GR announcement because TOR was pretty lacking in the feature department and extremely slow due to the crush of new users. However, TOR had been rapidly updating the feature set, and I switched back over after they fixed up the mobile site and expanded their keyboard shortcuts among other tinngs (they've been great at adding features requested on the user feedback site).

      When picking out a replacement to GR, I thought the most important thing was having the same goals as GR did in order provide the same functionality, and TOR has that in spades. I've never figured out why Feedly gets so much love in the GR replacement posts on tech sites. Need to install a browser extension? Yuck. The app wants to look like a magazine? Yuck. If you want to a pretty app to read articles like a magazine on your tablet, Feedly is nice, but it's not a replacement for Google Reader. The Old Reader is, especially now that the mobile site works as well as the Google Reader app ever did.

      • Newsblur is similar.

        I couldn't stand what feedly and netvibes were trying to do. I imported my feeds into both The Old Reader and newsblur and newsblur is what stuck. The two things I didn't like about the old reader was that they were having trouble keeping stuff up to date and that they didn't wrap the content to a smaller, more readable width like Reader used to do. Otherwise I liked that they were even simpler than newsblur.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:56AM (#43973525)

    I'll go for a self-hosted tinytinyRSS: http://tt-rss.org/

    Never cared much for all the social features, I like keeping up with websites and being absolutely sure I haven't missed anything.

    I'm not sure why I sign into google anymore. No need for reader. Youtube favs I suppose.

    • I also switched to Tiny Tiny RSS and purchased the app for my phone in order to support the developer. I don't miss Google Reader at all.
    • by PAPPP (546666) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @03:39PM (#43977367) Homepage
      I went to tt-rss as well and am more than happy with it. The web interface is nice, it's self hosted (more important in light of recent news), it's easy to set up (even in unsupported shared-hosting configurations), and the Android app is decent. The web interfaces is also very easily customizable, even for someone who doesn't like doing web fronted work.
      Fox can be a little gruff, but considering the volume of stupid questions suddenly coming in to a one-man project with the death of google reader, I can't say I blame him.
  • You can set up recipes on ifttt.com to send new feed items to different platforms. I tried sending to gmail and setting up tags and filters to keep feeds organized and out of my inbox. This worked ok. Ultimately I ended up making an unpublished Facebook page and sending feed items to it as link posts. This is working out pretty well.
  • Happy with NewsBlur (Score:4, Informative)

    by alvin67 (968189) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:56AM (#43973537) Homepage
    I have been very happy with NewsBlur as my Reader replacement. I am now 100% switched over. I use it to read nearly 1500 feeds and performance is great. They have clients for iOS and Android and FeedMe is a decent third party Windows Phone client. For the amount of time I spend each week in feeds, I am happy to pay $20 per year for a premium NewsBlur account.
    • by alvin67 (968189)
      Forgot to mention that NewsBlur is open source, so you could host your own. Also, it has a nice API.
    • Yup, newsblur has been working great for me (well, except for the rush of server crushing users that came to every alternative service when google first announced their plans). I don't read enough feeds to need a premium account. If I did...I would probably just host the software myself.

      I was also trying theoldreader and one other place I can't remember the name of. theoldreader was good but they were having growing pains with all the new users (feeds weren't updating well) and so newsblur was the site

    • +1 .. NewsBlur works greatly for me too. And it's open source so at least I'm not worried about perenity.

  • Newsblur is clean, fast and easy to use.
  • inoreader.com (Score:5, Informative)

    by chargen (90268) <peteNO@SPAMpetey.org> on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:57AM (#43973547) Homepage

    I've been trying inoreader and have found it to be easy to use and fairly feature-rich.

    Some highlights
    - Easy import of all your Google reader feeds
    - Lacking an android app, but one is planned and there is a mobile version of the site
    - Fast
    - Free

  • Can't somebody who's interested just pick up the development?
    • No, it wasn't open source, sorry!
      Someone could create a clone. I'm curious as to why that hasn't happened. Probably no interested developers.

      • by steveg (55825)

        Feedly has created a clone, at least for the backend, which is all I care about. Their front end is pretty awful, but I'm hoping some good front ends come along or some of the old ones that used GR as a backend switch over.

  • The switchover was simple - log in with my goolge account and authorize it. The layout is clean, and the app form on my phone is prompt and beautiful. Thanks google for making me switch... Feedly kicks google readers butt. Feedly may not be the beat alternative, but it was the only one I tried after reading a few reviews of the options. I didn't feel the need to look any further.
  • by Remus Shepherd (32833) <remus@panix.com> on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @10:58AM (#43973559) Homepage

    I've completely switched over to NetVibes, but I'm not happy about it. The Netvibes web page is slow to load and has buggy UI on every browser I've tried, especially on mobile platforms. But it does what I want it to do, which is give me my RSS feeds synched on several different devices, and it allows me to permanently save some articles.

    TheOldReader probably has better UI -- because it's simpler -- but I don't believe it has the 'save' functionality that I need. Feedly is just god awful for what I need. Bloglines is NetVibes -- literally, it's a front-end for the same service. I don't know of any others that have what I want, but if I find one I'm ready to switch again in a heartbeat.

    • by Bazman (4849)

      Similar experience with netvibes - it normally starts up blank on my Android phone, I just have to hit refresh. Once in a while it'll tell me I have a negative number of things unread. It has trouble keeping a consistent count of unread items between the title, the menu, and its own 'refresh' button. Oh, and the 'Load More' button appears off the end of my screen sometimes. These are mostly minor annoyances I can live with.

      Google Reader never did anything wrong, though.

  • I've been really happy with http://newsblur.com/ [newsblur.com] . It has pretty much every feature of reader I cared about, with a better interface and a very dedicated individual working hard behind the scenes.

    • by c0d3g33k (102699)

      Don't forget it's fully open-source so you can run your own server if you desire (or contribute fixes if so inclined).

    • This is what I've been looking for! I was trying Feedly, but their interface isn't nearly as responsive or well-organized.

  • Google's loss (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:03AM (#43973625)

    Really bummed that Google Reader is closing. But if Google is no longer interested in my news reading habits then it's their loss. And I'll no longer be logged-in to Google all day. So it's really their loss. But a huge gain for my privacy.

    At work using Windows RSS Owl is looking like my best choice. Akregator for Linux. Not yet sure what I'll use on Mac.

    • Re:Google's loss (Score:4, Interesting)

      by Aguazul2 (2591049) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:25AM (#43973943)

      And I'll no longer be logged-in to Google all day. So it's really their loss

      Mod parent up -- this is a good point. The only reason I'm logged into Google is for Reader. I only know of stuff happening on Google Plus because it pops up in the corner of the screen. Now Google Plus will also completely disappear from my life.

  • I've been using Reeder on my Mac + iPad, and it's pretty good. Feedly is also pretty good. Not sure which I'll end up with long-term, guess we'll see how I feel once Reader is finally dead and buried.
  • The Old Reader. It's web-based and you can use Google or Facebook login, or a completely separate one if you like. Since the Google Reader shut-down was announced they've made a lot of changes including adding keyboard shortcuts mostly the same as Google Reader.

    YMMV of course, but I find it a suitable replacement personally.
  • by Trevelyan (535381) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:05AM (#43973663)
    I have an instance of OwnCloud [owncloud.org] setup at home. I use it mostly for syncing contact and calendar data. I'm even subscribed to my girlfriends calendar and vice versa. The WebDav part I only really use as a quick way to get files from one device to another, and by device I mean smartphone, tablets as well as proper computers.

    When Google announced the closure of Reader, OwnCloud started work on a news reader app [github.com] too. I've been running it since the beta and I'm very happy.
  • Had to be something that i could access also from my N9, be native app or light enough html. tt-rss is good, easy to put almost anywhere. But had also support for newsblur, that is open source if i ever have to host it myself, and have some social feedback and discovery that has proved useful (better than whats hot in google reader). The only missing piece of the puzzle still is search, that is in the pipeline.
  • by gwolf (26339) <gwolf@gwo[ ]org ['lf.' in gap]> on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:11AM (#43973747) Homepage

    Several months before Google's announcement, I was fed up with some details regarding Google Reader (namely, going always through *their* servers according to *their* conditions). Given I am a systems adminstrator and have the ability (and little extra bandwidth) to self-host that service for myself, I installed a rssLounge instance.

    I now learn rssLounge has been renamed to selfoss [aditu.de]. I have yet to check this new version — but leaving minor glitches aside, rssLounge has me quite happy.

  • TinytinyRSS! (Score:5, Informative)

    by Twiggeh (2948473) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:15AM (#43973791)
    I switched to TinytinyRSS, and since its hosted on my friends server (will probably set up my own once my ESXi host gets more RAM) i dont have to worry about it suddenly dying on my. Migration was easy too since i could just export my list and import it in TTRSS.
    • I second this. I set it up on my home cable modem connection and it works great. It would be even more responsive if I put it on my dirt-cheap VPS account server, I just haven't bothered since the cable modem works fine. They keep changing the Android app and adding annoying animations, but it still works *much* better than Feedly and doesn't require giving some third-party access to all of my browsing history.

  • by stevegee58 (1179505) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:15AM (#43973799) Journal
    When I received the first warning about Reader going away I started looking for alternatives. For me, having it be web-based was most important since I wanted to used it at home and work. The "at work" thing is a problem since I can't just install anything I want on my work PC.
    It seems like the RSS reader market is flooded with apps so it was difficult to find web-based services. I had grown used to the Reader look and feel so I settled on NetVibes as being the closest fit.
    My main criticism is NetVibes is not as fast as Reader but otherwise the format and whatnot is perfectly usable.
  • Which works quite well. I also tried Feedly, but that comes with a weird Firefox add-on that causes high power consumption on battery...

  • by hraefn (627340)

    I have been trying http://hivereader.com/ [hivereader.com] part time, while I use Feedly full-time. Hive shows a lot of promise.

  • by hobarrera (2008506) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:19AM (#43973861) Homepage

    I replaced it ages ago, with a simple python script croned every 15 minutes. It picks up new entries to my feeds, and emails them to me. Sieve filters those emails into a different mailbox, so I've a special mailbox which is basically entries for my rss feeds.

    I don't know why I've never made a web interface for that, it might become pretty popular. :P

    • by hobarrera (2008506) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:25AM (#43973935) Homepage

      After getting some feedback on this usage of mine, and algo after seeing some other comments here, here are some hightlights:
        + IMAP takes care of the sincronization across devices.
        + There's a client for every device out there: the email client.
        + Achieving, deleting, marking as read/unread, flagging, all supported through IMAP as well.

      Maybe rather than a web-based interface, this needs an email based interface (sort of like mailing lists).

    • by Bazman (4849)

      Any chance you can bung said script on github?

  • tt-rss (Score:2, Informative)

    by a9db0 (31053)

    I use tt-rss. It runs on my web server so i't always on, has mobile interfaces, runs in any browser. Try it.

    http://tt-rss.org/ [tt-rss.org]

  • Sharpreader
    sharpreader.net

    It's old and hasn't been updated in forever, but it's clean, simple, and fast. Faster than any other reader I've tried (such as RSS Owl or Liferea).

  • On the desktop I've switched to Newsbeuter [newsbeuter.org], and I'll probably skip reading feeds on my phone.
  • I switched to tt-rss and couldn't be happier. It works almost exactly like Google Reader and even includes plugins to allow you to use the same navigation keys. It can import OPML for your feeds list and has a plugin to import your starred posts. The only downside is not being able to play flash video (youtube, et al) in the reader pane.
  • by uberjack (1311219) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:36AM (#43974129)
    I used Google Reader more than any other Google service. Which is why when they announced discontinuation, I decided to roll my own [github.com] replica.
  • I've moved to feedly.
  • by Domini (103836) <lailoken@gmail.com> on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:41AM (#43974185) Journal

    I tried both Feedly and NewsBlur, and both did a lot of things I did not want or need. They were pretty, but when it came down it it I was losing control of my important feeds.

    I had to upgrade my ancient Linux server (it was overdue) before I could install it (although I think they might have relaxed some of the requirements now)

    I am very happy with it now. It is lean and light, clean and works flawlessly for me.
    The android app is written by the developer and rivals that of Google Reader. (clean and simple) Although it is paid... but I don't mind paying for it for all I got.

    I can recommend it to everyone who feels a bit of reticence and want and alternative.

    • I'm actually happier now with Tiny Tiny RSS than I was with Google Reader. I have a lot more control and how often feeds are read, there are more options to customize the interface, and I can add feeds from my local network as well.

      https://code.google.com/p/ttrss-reader-fork/ [google.com] is a free (and improved) fork of the Tiny Tiny RSS Reader Android app.

  • Already have replaced Google Reader with Feedly... MUCH better than Reader ever was..

  • I just run a couple of rsstail-instances in a couple of multitail windows. Works for me.
  • by blahbooboo (839709) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @11:58AM (#43974457)

    The Old Reader is almost as good as Google Reader for my use. I just want a simple web browser based list of my article subscriptions.

    I tried Feedly, and other "replacements" but they were just too annoying with their stupid swiping and web browser plugins.

  • by devent (1627873) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @12:10PM (#43974613) Homepage

    I never understood this desire to put everything as a web service.
    Why is RSS not just an Email mailer that can send news to my Email address?
    IMAP is perfect for it, and POP3 is also capable. Plus you have encryption (IMAPS), user management, and you don't need Yet Another App.

    There is for example rss2email [allthingsrss.com] that can receive RSS feeds and send them as Email. Here is come better documentation: https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Rss2email [archlinux.org]

  • by Phil Urich (841393) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @01:07PM (#43975483) Journal
    Still rough in some respects, but entirely usable right now, and there's even an Android app. Hell, the dev behind the current quasi-official Android app (there's also a more-official one planned, and of course there's an open---albeit not yet stable---API) has even made it work on Android 2.1 devices, so my rooted Nook Touch works. Reading RSS on an e-ink screen? As the kids wouldn't say anymore, hells to the yes.

    Okay, so I'm using EC2 for the server at the moment, thus relying on a third party again. But since it's ownCloud, I can back up and reimport my entire setup on any webserver I control anywhere, so if Amazon self-destructs or such I'm not left searching for another full solution stack. Never again. Plus, well, I'm a KDE user, and integration in Akregator is coming down the line in theory. So I'll be able to have discrete desktop and mobile apps for a web service that I can put up wherever I have hosting. That's not a solution for everyone per se (although if any of my friends want to use it I'll obviously give them accounts) but it's a pretty perfect replacement for my own needs.
  • by Mr_Silver (213637) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @02:15PM (#43976435)
    I've tried most of them and, to be honest, they are all pretty rubbish. I don't want any fancy new bells and whistles - but what Google Reader had today (minus the sharing bit) would be just fine.

    Unfortunately none of the alternatives I looked at could manage that. From non-working sites, to ghastly user interface design, to one which requires a browser plug-in just to work (seriously wtf?).

    On that basis, I'm really hoping that Digg Reader (whenever it arrives) doesn't suck. If it does, then I don't think there are any viable alternatives.
  • by Andtalath (1074376) on Tuesday June 11, 2013 @04:02PM (#43977653)

    Not perfect, but it's pretty close and I store everything on my own server.

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