Google Reader bit the dust last week, and so far the world hasn’t imploded! Have you found a suitable replacement for reading your favorite blogs and sites? As it turns out, there are a lot of exceptional alternatives to Google’s popular RSS subscription aggregating tool. Chances are, a good portion of your readers use one of these apps/sites to follow your blog posts. Brands also use subscription sites to keep track of bloggers they’re interested in (or are currently) working with. Whether you’ve yet to find a Reader replacement, aren’t satisfied with the one you’ve found or don’t “do the Google Reader thing,” it’s important to know how your readers are consuming what you’re putting out there. Here are seven of the most popular alternatives to Google Reader:
Feedly is far and away the most popular replacement for Google Reader. The web-based service has an app for your iPhone/iPad or Android as well, and is fairly simple to use. If you were lucky enough to export all of your feeds out of Google Reader before it closed on July 1st, then it’s just a one-click import into Feedly to enjoy all of your favorite blogs and sites there. I chose Feedly because it was so easy to import my subscriptions from Google Reader. You can share to your Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest friends and also include feeds within Feedly for Twitter and FB.
The Old Reader
The team behind The Old Reader built it simply because they missed the old Google Reader. Web-based only but with several supporting apps, The Old Reader lets you connect with your Facebook friends in the site and leave notes or comments along with the articles you’re reading and sharing.
NetNewsWire is a very straightforward Apple-only software; its interface reminds me a lot of the Apple Mail desktop email viewer. You can search through your feeds for specific articles; enjoy distraction-free browsing; and share to Twitter, Facebook and Instapaper.
DiggReader is still in beta, but for those of you who are Digg diehards, this is an easy choice and functions pretty much how your Google Reader did. See what’s trending and popular in your subscriptions, and integrate with Digg or share to Instapaper.
NewsVibe is your no-frills, no-gimmicks subscription reader. If you want something simple that just allows you to read your subscriptions (no social sharing, no advertisements,) then this web-based service is for you.
While NewsVibe is no-frills, NewsBlur is all-frills – good ones, though. There’s real-time RSS, so you won’t see a lag in the latest articles from your fave blogs. You can read articles in their original context (meaning, your readers can see how your post looks on your blog rather than in the reader’s native font and formatting,) sort and hide your article tags, and make certain articles public on your BlurBlog feed.
BlogLovin has been the perennial favorite subscription service for fashion bloggers. It’s limited to blogs, but has an awesome interface and makes it easy to discover new blogs to follow. You can use the service on your desktop computer, iOS or Android device.