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Tikey
14-03-2013, 12:35 AM
In case you didn't know Google Reader is going kaput, so I'll need a new reader.
Do you have any recommendation? I just need something with similar capabilities to google reader, mostly the starred option.

Thank you very much.

Heliocentric
14-03-2013, 05:56 AM
I have found Google reader to be somewhat competent,

Kaira-
14-03-2013, 09:13 AM
I have found Google reader to be somewhat competent,

Too bad it's going to be shut down July 1st.

Anyhow, I'm also interested in this. And preferably there should be also a browser-plugin for the RSS-reader for Chrome. Apparently Feedly has that, but it seems too "magazine"-like for me since I just want a list of headlines and their sources. The Old Reader (http://theoldreader.com/) touts itself as being similar to Google Reader of old, but I haven't been able to find a plugin for that for Chrome.

Heliocentric
14-03-2013, 11:12 AM
It's iGoogle I'm really gonna miss. I look forwards to finding a decent replacement to that

Jams O'Donnell
14-03-2013, 11:41 AM
It's iGoogle I'm really gonna miss. I look forwards to finding a decent replacement to that
Protopage (http://www.protopage.com) is what I'm trying to switch to as an alternative. It's not as attractive, but it's functional.

Tikey
14-03-2013, 02:05 PM
The Old Reader (http://theoldreader.com/) touts itself as being similar to Google Reader of old, but I haven't been able to find a plugin for that for Chrome.

That seems precisely what I've been looking for. Unfortunately it seems overload with traffic as it's working slow and it has the import function disabled. Might check it out again in a few weeks when things have settled down.

Maknol
14-03-2013, 05:03 PM
I feel your pain. In fact, I'd already felt it last year when Google decided to kill the social features of Reader in a stupid effort to push g+.

I recommend Feedly. I've been using it as an extension in Firefox and the android App. It also has apps for Android and iPhone, and with a few minor tweaks can be quite similar to GReader.

http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/tips-for-google-reader-users-migrating-to-feedly/

Forceflow
14-03-2013, 05:07 PM
I've been furiously trying out new RSS readers:

Newsblur: OK functionality, but only 12 feeds in a free account.
Feedly: Looks fine, works fine after some tweaking (I like my feeds as a plain list, no image-centered magazine rendering ...)
The Old Reader: Exact clone, but swamped with traffic atm.

I'm sticking with Feedly for now, because they promise to come up with a decent web-based client (no extension juggling), and they promise to replicate the greader backend. But keeping my eye on alternatives, nevertheless.

Tikey
14-03-2013, 05:20 PM
Oooohh, Feedly has all my starred items saved. That's lovely of them.

Maknol
14-03-2013, 06:42 PM
Yeah, the fact that you don't even have to import anything (it already does so automatically when you sign up using google) is a huge plus.

somini
14-03-2013, 07:13 PM
After Google promptly disabled my account with several GB of important mail, I severed my ties with them. I still don't know why, but I suspect I refused to enter the Google+ bullcrap, and didn't use my real name.
Anyway, since I don't even have a smartphone, I only read things on my own laptop, I use Bamboo extension for Firefox. it's really simple, you can export your data easily and it's really fast. The best feature is nested groups. I tried several readers without this funcionality, but it was a while ago.

spacein_vader
14-03-2013, 07:52 PM
Use Opera.

Heliocentric
14-03-2013, 08:40 PM
After Google promptly disabled my account with several GB of important mail, I severed my ties with them..

Who what why?

somini
14-03-2013, 09:10 PM
Who what why?
Story of my life. I said precisely that, then went about complaining about that on the forums. There I found someone who had already been affected and recommended me a backup solution. It was too late, I didn't have access to the account anymore.
I have never ever talked directly to a Google employee, but I tried very hard. Sent several mails to the costumer support. Several months and automated responses later, I just gave up. After all, I'm not their client, the advertisers are.
Since than I have been using Thunderbird with backups to SpiderOak. Can't be too careful. I registered another account, but it's mostly throwaway/spam.

buemba
14-03-2013, 10:17 PM
I'm currently trying both Netvibes and Feedly. After a day of use I think Netvibes is a better option if you don't need to keep your RSS subscriptions synced across computers, smartphones and tablets, but if you do then Feedly is the way to go (Hate its interface, though). Once the dust settles down somewhat I'll look into The Old Reader as well...

Tikey
15-03-2013, 12:40 AM
After Google promptly disabled my account with several GB of important mail, I severed my ties with them. I still don't know why, but I suspect I refused to enter the Google+ bullcrap, and didn't use my real name.
Anyway, since I don't even have a smartphone, I only read things on my own laptop, I use Bamboo extension for Firefox. it's really simple, you can export your data easily and it's really fast. The best feature is nested groups. I tried several readers without this funcionality, but it was a while ago.

I'm trying Bamboo, I like it but there is one thing that bothers me. Is there a way to make it mark the items as read as I scroll them?

somini
15-03-2013, 02:47 AM
I'm trying Bamboo, I like it but there is one thing that bothers me. Is there a way to make it mark the items as read as I scroll them?
Not that I'm aware of. I just read them all by order and then mark everything as read. The author was quite active on the addons page, last time I checked, and with the Reader kerfuffle it must be flooding.

Maknol
15-03-2013, 01:20 PM
I'm enjoying netvibes as an alternative. The interface is certainly much more pleasant for someone just coming out of google reader. The only drawback is the lack of android/iPhone apps.

Bobtree
16-03-2013, 04:46 PM
I use NewsFox (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/newsfox/), but if you wanted a Firefox add-on you've probably found it or an alternative already.

airtekh
22-06-2013, 11:49 AM
Bumpety bump.

So I've been leaving it as late as possible to transfer from Google Reader and I still haven't decided what I'm going to use to replace it.

Feedly seems to be the most attractive to me since it has a phone app and can import all my stuff from Google Reader as well; but I'm still keeping an open mind.

How have people been getting on with their replacement RSS readers?

Tikey
22-06-2013, 04:40 PM
I'm still clinging to google reader but I have all my stuff ready to go to feedly.
The fact that it keeps my starred items is a life saver.

Maknol
22-06-2013, 11:59 PM
I ended up staying with feedly. Now that they have a 100% web-based option, it's almost perfect.

Hivereader.com has entered closed beta now, though, if you still want a new-ish option.

trjp
23-06-2013, 03:36 AM
Feedly is nice on mobile devices, although it still tries to mangle your feeds into a 'magazine' format more than I'd like it to, and I still don't think they've completed their migration service (and they're cutting it fine?)

It's browser version requires a plugin/extension tho - it's not HTML - and that puts me off it quite a bit.

I've been using "The Old Reader" which is OK but it's GR from a few years back and I miss some of the nicer features like auto-marking-as-read...

I have to admit that I've actually just stopped reading a lot of RSSs because I've not found the right tool to read them with - a lot of the things I got from RSS I now get from Twitter tho, so...

trjp
23-06-2013, 03:38 AM
[QUOTE=Maknol;321117]I ended up staying with feedly. Now that they have a 100% web-based option, it's almost perfect./QUOTE]

Do they have that now? I'll have to take a peek

...

Oh yes, and for some reason all my feeds are 'read' which is - err - odd as I've not looked at them in a week :(

Jambe
23-06-2013, 04:22 AM
Cloud.feedly will not retain read item status because it's divorced from Google Reader (i.e. it's on Feedly's hardware instead of pulling from Google's). I haven't read their posts but I figure there's some technical barrier. But that'll only happen once (the first time you go to cloud.feedly and sync to their hardware).

groovychainsaw
24-06-2013, 03:31 PM
Considering I'm almost completely dependent on RSS for news and love the cacheing function on greader (on android) for my train journey with patchy mobile coverage, I was going to be ruined until they added the new feedly cloud as a sync option to the app. And... it's pretty good. I can read on phone and on any PC and sync my read/starred items between both. Was relatively painless leaving google reader, ultimately as the functionality is there and feedly have toned down their graphics-heavy interface to something a bit more easy on the eye these days.

alms
27-06-2013, 03:28 PM
Lifehacker (as I suppose every other tech site out there) has an article about alternatives. Some have already been mentioned in this thread, but I'd still like to hear from people who are using them.

http://lifehacker.com/google-reader-is-shutting-down-here-are-the-best-alter-5990456

GGG
27-06-2013, 10:03 PM
Out of all those I've tried AOL Reader feels most like Google. It's a bit slow to update at the moment but hopefully that will improve.

alms
28-06-2013, 10:59 PM
FTR I ended up picking The Old Reader for no other reason that it offered an option to create an account instead of logging in through other services.

rdr11
29-06-2013, 11:27 AM
I switched to The Old Reader. It works without a plugin and it looks OK. Not sure about mobile apps, social functions or speed of update because respectively I don't have a mobile device to set those apps to, don't care about them and read RSS only once or twice a day (plus I don't use it read news or folks who produce dozens of posts every day).

Can't say anything about the import of star-marked records because I only use it as "read later" and my real favourites go to my HDD or just my memory since the internet works like the Ministry of Truth: in a few years everything either somewhat fucked up or 404ed.

alms
29-07-2013, 10:32 PM
FTR I ended up picking The Old Reader for no other reason that it offered an option to create an account instead of logging in through other services.

Well, wrong choice. After the meltdown, they're looking for someone to take over: http://blog.theoldreader.com/post/56798895350/desperate-times-call-for-desperate-measures

Short version, users who signed up after March have two weeks to migrate (or cross their fingers and hope they find a buyer)

BillButNotBen
31-07-2013, 12:22 PM
Oh dear.
Feedly is ok. Though I don't know how easy it'll be to get your data across now google reader is shut down.
I went with feedly purely because the android rss app that I use (and most others) went with feedly.

What i'm really hoping is that feedly will now start to inovate, rather than just copy google reader. (which was stagnant for years).
Some said the death of Google Reader was the death of RSS. Some said it was a chance for RSS to evolve and do something cool. Right now it just seems to have moved from google reader to feedly and look a bit nicer.

Vicious
04-08-2013, 04:39 AM
The more I use feedly the more I dislike it.

alms
04-08-2013, 03:13 PM
I've signed up for NewsBlur on account of it looking so good: turns out there's a waiting list that you can bypass if you pay - gah! they should have said that earlier but I guess in that case they would have missed the chance to harvest another email address/facebook profile.

So, NewsVibe, but it looks like one of those cases where 'minimalistic' just translates to 'barebones'.

DanMan
05-08-2013, 09:23 PM
Use Opera.

Agreed, but v12 (http://www.opera.com/download/get/?partner=www&opsys=Windows&classic=1) not that castrated v15 they put out recently, which doesn't have a news reader.

Or if you don't want to use the whole browser, you can use the now-standalone mail client (http://www.opera.com/en/computer/mail) which is what the news reader is based on even in the full Opera version.