Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1. I love Google Reader, have been using it for years, but there are alternatives to Google Reader, which I have been using as well, and which you may try.
NewsBlur: This looks most like Google Reader. Free NewsBlur accounts, where you can currently follow only up to 12 sites, have been temporarily suspended, apparently because a flood of new users have been signing up following the news of Google Reader’s imminent shutdown. Premium accounts have access to unlimited sites.
Feedly: I love it. And it’s free. It synchronizes with Google Reader, but when the Reader shuts down, Feedly will transition to a new system called Normandy, which is a clone of the Google Reader API running on Google App Engine, that will keep things running smoothly, or so it says. I am keeping my fingers crossed.
Flipboard: I have been been reading my Google Reader feeds on Flipboard for some time, and so can you. Just sign in to your Google Reader account via Flipboard. Your feeds will be saved. You can add other RSS feeds as well to Flipboard.
Google Currents: You can add your Google Reader feeds to Google Currents, too, the Google news reader for phones and tablets.
Netvibes: You can import your Google Reader feeds into Netvibes as well.
The Old Reader: I just signed up for The Old Reader, a free news aggregator similar to the Google Reader. It reports getting lots of new users, too. Check it out.
Here’s how you can import your Google Reader feeds into NewsBlur, Feedly, The Old Reader and Netvibes.
- Go to your Google Reader settings.
- Click on the Export/Import tab.
- Click on the link which says: Download your data through Takeout.
- Click on the button: Create Archive.
- This will create a zip file which you can download.
- Select the subscriptions.xml file inside the zip file.
- Import the subscriptions.xml into your NewsBlur, Feedly, Netvibes or The Old Reader account.
On Flipboard, you simply have to sign in to your Google account. However, Flipboard, like Google Currents, is available only on phones and tablets, not on desktops like the others.
And, of course, you can follow the news on Facebook and Twitter.
Digg is also building a news reader which it expects to have up and running later this year.
Still, I will miss Google Reader; I loved it all these years.