Wasn’t I asking for alternatives to Google Reader just over a year ago?
Well, I explored some of the alternatives at that time, but ended up just lumping it with Google’s reduced features and annoying UI “improvements,” the worst of which they did end up fixing eventually. It looks like those that took the opportunity to jump ship then were the lucky ones.
So today Google announced that Google Reader is being “powered down” as of July 1, 2013. To quote from the official blog:
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
Welcome to the better user experience, which is none at all. I suppose it is a lesson in getting what you paid for yet again.
Anyway, some of the alternatives from last year:
NewsBlur – Which is having service problems right now… such timing!
Feedly – Which seemed to be anticipating this.
The Old Reader – New! Trying to be what Google Reader once was.
Tiny Tiny RSS – New! Attempting to be light weight and portable.
Like Hack – New! Billed as a “social media” reader.
Any others to add to the list?
There are lots of stand alone readers, but I want one online so I can check feeds from a browser from where ever.
What will you be using?
And what will Google shut down next?