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Help! Switching from Google Reader to what?

I know, I should have seen this day coming a long time ago. Google Reader is closing on 1. July, and even though I heard the news several months ago, I haven’t done anything about it. And, now it’s only a few more days until I need a new way to read blogs.

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I have written about how I read blog posts┬ábefore, and since I’ve been using Reeder (for my Mac, iPhone and iPad), I’ve been 100% satisfied with what I’ve got. My first thought was that I want a service that’s compatible with Reeder, and so far, that’s Fever and Feedbin. But, I’m not sure if that’s how I should be thinking or not.

I will still be using the RSS technology to read blogs, and I will continue to read the same blogs (and add new blogs every week), but what service should I be using? I want to be able to read from my iPhone and from my iPad (I just bought a new iPad mini).

At the moment, I’m looking at six alternatives to Google Reader:

I don’t have much time for testing, so I’d love to get your opinion? Are you using any of the RSS readers above? What do you suggest I do?

11 responses to “Help! Switching from Google Reader to what?”

  1. Osei Fortune says:

    I really like feedly but there’s blogloving and bloglines also

  2. Bren says:

    Hi Jens! Big decision there my friend. I have tried numerous ones since Google announced the demise of my beloved Reader. I still have yet to find one I absolutely love, however I have been using 2 that I am most happy with, Bloglovin’ and The Old Reader. The Old Reader is VERY much like GReader. Current downfall, no mobile app, thus me using Bloglovin’ on mobile. You can still access The Old Reader (TOR) via web browser on your mobile and it works fine. And this it’s all a matter of what you like. Feedly is ok however I hate having to log in every single time and I’m not fond of the mobile. I like simple and it tends to be a tad fancy for my liking.

    Good luck in your hunt. I’m sure you’ll get many responses on who likes what but really, I highly suggest you test drive at least for a day. They all have a quirk here and there. Oh btw, Digg is suppose to be coming out with one very soon!

    • Hi Bren.

      Thank you so much for your feedback. I’m currently testing Feedly, and I like it so far. But, I am not quite sure if it’s the one I’ll go with. It’s a bit different than Reeder (and Google Reader). But, it’s easy to read blog posts, just a bit more difficult to comment on them.

      I will test Bloglovin’ and The Old Reader as well. Thanks again.

  3. Tim Bonner says:

    Hi Jens

    I moved to Fever a couple of weeks ago and I’m just getting to grips with it. It’s made my life a lot easier.

    I don’t feel overwhelmed with unread posts like I did with Feedly or The Old Reader.

    I really like the way that Fever reads the RSS feeds and works out which links are being talked about then aggregates everything for you.

    I also use Reeder on my iPhone so it’s an added bonus that I can access my Fever account from there.

    I hope you find an RSS reader you like!

    • That sounds like a service I should try Tim. I heard that I need my own server for Fever, what’s that about? And was it easy to set up?

      • Tim Bonner says:

        That’s right Jens, Fever is self-hosted so you’ll never need to worry about another service closing again!

        There’s a Compatibility Suite which you download and unzip to your server via FTP to check that your server is compatible. That includes Fever itself though too if I remember! I just downloaded it to a directory on the same server as my blog.

        Once your server has been checked for compatibility you’re redirected back to the FeedAFever website to purchase a single site license.

  4. Malhar Barai says:

    Jen – You might want to have a look at the crowdsourced list on listly

  5. Aasma says:

    I have actually tried 3 rss feed readers including feedly, netvibes and the old reader. For desktop, I would certainly go with The Old Reader and reason is similarities with Google reader and I’m used to it. For mobile I’ll go with Feedly.

  6. Adrienne says:

    Hey Jens,

    Well I wrote about this last Monday and I had been waiting too. I did try a few out but wanted to be sure others had shared with me their recommendations before going that direction.

    So Feedly is my reader of choice now and it’s mobile friendly as well. I have no doubt you’ll find one soon. Good luck with that by the way.


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