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What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader?

Unknown Lamer posted about a year and a half ago | from the that's-our-job dept.

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Hugh Pickens writes writes "The news that that Google is killing off Google Reader in their annual spring cleaning means hordes of abandoned RSS users will need a new home to get their news fix before July 1, 2013. Sure, Google Reader may not have been the most beautifully designed product to come out of Mountain View, Calif., but it sure was convenient. And now that it's going away, it's evident just how valuable it has been. 'It's a tough question that's not unlike asking what's the best planet to live on not named Earth or the best thing to breathe not named air,' writes Casey Chan. 'Google Reader was that obvious a choice.' So what's the best RSS reader not named Google Reader? Is it Reeder? Or NetNewsWire? Maybe Feedly? Or should we all just ditch RSS and get with Twitter?" Personally, I've taken a liking to Akregator on my desktop and Sparse RSS on my phone (syncing done woefully manually by exporting the list of feeds from my desktop reader and importing into the phone reader now and then). Update: 03/14 14:43 GMT by T : Depending on your aesthetics and platform of choice, you might like one of these four options, too.

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Feedly looks ok (1)

jaymz666 (34050) | about a year and a half ago | (#43170927)

Feedly looks OK so far, http://theoldreader.com/ [theoldreader.com] maybe?

Twitter is no replacement!

Re:Feedly looks ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43170995)

I tried Feedly for a few minutes, but it felt like it was trying to prioritize and reorganize my news stories automatically for me and the design was awful for simply reading stuff. And it required simply too many clicks to read slashdot since I had to expand the whole summary for each item myself and even mark items as read manually. Not going back.

Re:Feedly looks ok (1)

msk (6205) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171043)

I just installed Slick RSS for Chrome and so far it looks pretty nice. It does not rely on any outside services to function.

Re:Feedly looks ok (4, Insightful)

jaymz666 (34050) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171347)

I need something that is cross machine compatible, linking my read/unread to a single machine isn't fun

Re:Feedly looks ok (1)

msk (6205) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171517)

I understand. It'd be nice to have something else that's consistent between OSX and Android, in my case.

Re:Feedly looks ok (3)

gatzke (2977) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171069)

There are ways to make it look like GoogleReader I think. In the top right gear / settings, I tried "Timeline View" which gives you a blurb and image. Decent shortcuts as well.

Re:Feedly looks ok (3, Informative)

mblase (200735) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171087)

I tried Feedly for a few minutes, but it felt like it was trying to prioritize and reorganize my news stories automatically for me and the design was awful for simply reading stuff. And it required simply too many clicks to read slashdot since I had to expand the whole summary for each item myself and even mark items as read manually. Not going back.

I'm giving Feedly a try starting today, and I think you probably have the same reaction I did: It's NOT EXACTLY THE SAME AS GREADER. But it's learnable, and it's customizable.

Keyboard shortcuts exist, but they're all different than GReader, and that takes some getting used to.

If you like GReader's compact title-only view, that's an option -- but you can also show everything by default, which is preferable if you have a folder of comics feeds like I do.

I think Feedly has two big points in its favor, though: it can sync ONCE to GReader to download your feeds (including what articles you've already read), and it's cross-browser and cross-platform with its own mobile apps. (Plus it's ad-supported, which means they have a revenue stream to keep them going in the future.)

Re:Feedly looks ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171157)

I also swapped to feedly, and I have been genuinely pleased. All the other alternatives are ok but include fees and limitations.

Re:Feedly looks ok (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171095)

Everything you just complained about can be changed in the preferences.

http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/tips-for-google-reader-users-migrating-to-feedly/ might be of interest for you.

Re:Feedly looks ok (1)

wile_e8 (958263) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171017)

Netvibes seems ok to me for now. I'd like to try Old Reader, but it's limiting feed imports for now due to the huge influx of traffic and I haven't been able to import all my Google Reader feeds yet. I'm avoiding Feedly out of principal - it keeps asking me to download the app for Firefox in order to view it. I shouldn't have to download an "app" to view a web page, especially if I'm not on my own computer and just want to check my RSS feeds quick. Just give me the web page.

Netvibes (5, Insightful)

unfortunateson (527551) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171123)

I've been using Netvibes for several years now, and am mostly pleased, partly due to its "widget" mode, which lets me separate posts by feed rather than seeing them piled up by time. It will aggregate facebook, twitter, email (subject lines only), and has various widgets for just about anything: google news searches, ebay bids/sales, stock tracking, etc.

It's mobile interface, however, has some serious flaws: it reports the wrong feed name when you select a post (I think it's showing the one you previously selected), and some feeds don't display at all (TechCrunch and MAKE, I'm looking at you) -- it might just be a matter of selecting a different version of the feed, though.

Re:Feedly looks ok (2)

pr0t0 (216378) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171145)

I've been playing with settings in Feedly to make it more Reader-like. There are a few problems though. First, I don't see a way to hide the number of Facebook or Google+ likes. I don't care how many people like it, only whether I do or not. Second, the Android app does not have a simplified list view; it's limiting the number of stories I can see on my phone by including a thumbnail pic that makes entries too high.

News reader makers - If you are reading the /. coverage with interest, I highly encourage you to simplify the views. I can judge whether or not I want to read something by the headline alone. The more headlines I can see at once, the better. A simple list is all I want. Give me the headline and a little icon that allows me to 'favorite' or 'star' it...maybe some small text or icon indicating what feed originated the article. On the web view, you can throw in as much text as the horizontal resolution will allow, but don't increase the vertical space per article. Make picture display and social media tie-ins preferences that can be turned off.

Re:Feedly looks ok (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171219)

read above comments by others regarding http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/tips-for-google-reader-users-migrating-to-feedly [feedly.com] - you can change the views for all of what you're asking for. Just change it to inline view.

Re:Feedly looks ok (1)

craigminah (1885846) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171383)

There's still ads in Feedly which makes it annoying.

Re:Feedly looks ok (1)

nightgeometry (661444) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171561)

Inline, text, condensed not showing up for me - Feedly in a Galaxy Note2. Annoying, I'll look for something else.

Re:Feedly looks ok (5, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171405)

I was turned off of theoldreader because I went to the page, and... SOCIAL SOCIAL SOCIAL MEDIA!!! See what your friends are reading! Sign in with facebook and goole plus and twitter and myspace!

I use RSS feeds mainly for research journals to watch for relevant papers as they come out. And... er... webcomics. Why the hell would I care to include my friends on either one of those? My friends are idiots. If I find a particular journal article relevant to them (or funny webcomic), I can post it to one of those various services.

Why does it seem like every RSS reader out there is trying to get me to merge it with facebook?

Step 1: Make a website that does something
Step 2: Integrate social media
Step 3: ???
Step 4: PROFIT!!!

I try to avoid companies that seem to have that plan.

Re:Feedly looks ok (1)

Cinder6 (894572) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171567)

I tried Feedly on iOS a couple weeks ago. It was a mess; I couldn't ever get it to display more than one article. It also seems to be too focused on looking pretty.

Pussy hole extravaganza (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43170941)

Let's face it--pussy holes belong to us men. Any woman who attempts to deny a man access to her pussy hole is simply not doing her duty as a woman. Similarly, any man who advocates that men be denied constant access to pussy holes is a traitor to men everywhere. Women are just sex objects, and they need to be treated as such.

Men: Go out and get yourselves a pussy hole.
Women: You're a worthless slave; just let men do whatever they please to you.

Any readers out there have good filters? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43170953)

I have a lot of feeds and get a lot of chaff in the mix. Are there any decent readers out there that have per-channel filtering of feed elements? Something like rules for culling the chaff? Keywords, search strings, filter on a data element, etc.

Re:Any readers out there have good filters? (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171115)

Yep I'd like to filter off CNN's "fast facts" and "N things you should know about" articles, and news about certain celebrities.

Actually now that I think of it, almost all the crap I'd like to filter comes in on the CNN feed...

Guess how the team found out (3, Informative)

Provocateur (133110) | about a year and a half ago | (#43170957)

"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,” Alan Green an engineer at Google said.

The RSS team got the axe via Google Reader, which suddenly became their least favorite app.

Re:Guess how the team found out (2)

rgbscan (321794) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171179)

Grrrrr.... I am SO TIRED of all the apps I use integrating with Google products that later get canceled. I was using NetNewsWire on my iPhone until the new version practically forced me to sync with Google Reader. I resisted for a long time, but I really liked that app so I grudgingly setup a google account and sync'd with google reader to make the app happy and work right again. Now they're pulling the plug. *Sigh*

Not the first time I've had to switch RSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43170973)

The terrible thing about this is, I went with Google Reader a couple years ago because it was stable and seemed like it would be around forever. I previously used Bloglines which shut down as well.
I don't understand how people think they can get the same news through Twitter, Google+ or Facebook. Pre-RSS I had to visit some 35 sites to get the news, updates, and hot topics I now get through Reader. Without that, I've got random garbage on FB, semi-interesting personal posts on Google+, and self-promotion blurbs on Twitter. News? Hardly.

Re:Not the first time I've had to switch RSS (2)

jaymz666 (34050) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171039)

Assuming the same content is available via twitter or facebook, it's a lot easier to miss critical information there with a constant stream. In reader I know how many updates each blog, comic or whatever has had and can easily keep up at my leisure. Instead of intermixed with all my friends on whatever social interface.

Re:Not the first time I've had to switch RSS (1)

Hatta (162192) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171367)

The only way you can be sure that software will be around forever is if you have the source and are able to compile it yourself.

Re:Not the first time I've had to switch RSS (1)

Cro Magnon (467622) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171601)

And even that assumes you have a working compiler for your machine.

NewsBlur (3)

lennier1 (264730) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171011)

In my case it's newsblur.com

Only problem is that it's still a rather small operation and right now the unexpected flood of new users is wreaking havoc on its servers.

Re:NewsBlur (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171125)

And the free version only allows 10 feeds. Feedly wins this round on my system. Also their iOS app kicks ass.

Re:NewsBlur (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171247)

It's USD 1 /month.

Feedly isn't perfect but it works everywhere (1)

technomom (444378) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171023)

Feedly is my choice and I'm very happy that they announced a seamless transition from Google Reader to their own backend services. They were right on top of this. http://blog.feedly.com/ [feedly.com] There are some who don't like the UI but I've never really had a problem with it. Works nicely on Chrome/ChromeOS through its plugin, on Android, iOS, even Kindle Fire.

Re:Feedly isn't perfect but it works everywhere (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171151)

Feedly is my choice and I'm very happy that they announced a seamless transition from Google Reader to their own backend services. They were right on top of this.

http://blog.feedly.com/ [feedly.com]

There are some who don't like the UI but I've never really had a problem with it. Works nicely on Chrome/ChromeOS through its plugin, on Android, iOS, even Kindle Fire.

It's not good for people who can't install extensions on their work computer

Re:Feedly isn't perfect but it works everywhere (4, Insightful)

LihTox (754597) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171679)

Yes, why DOES Feedly need an extension to work? I can see where an extension might make it more *useful*, but the basic functionality doesn't need it.

Keeping feeds separate (4, Insightful)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171035)

Maybe I use RSS feeds differently than other people; but I've had trouble finding a decent reader that allows you to look at your feeds separately (on my iPad anyway - Firefox and Safari do fine if I'm on my desktop). Apparently most people like all the data all mixed in together, but I am generally reading RSS to find more targeted info - new Netflix streamable movies, for example.

Re:Keeping feeds separate (4, Funny)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171133)

In Google Reader you can do that, you just click on the feed you want to view in the "Subscriptions" list on the left instead of "All items" which mixes them all together.

But it's fun to mix the satire news with the real news and guess which is which.

Re:Keeping feeds separate (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171231)

In Google Reader you can do that
 
Not for long.

Re:Keeping feeds separate (1)

Rainer (42222) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171137)

RssRunner or xFeed might work for you.

Re:Keeping feeds separate (1)

tracphil (2865707) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171149)

I use http://reederapp.com/ [reederapp.com] [reederapp] app currently for iOS devices and OSX. I plan on setting up http://feedafever.com/ [feedafever.com] [feedafever] and seeing how it works with the OSX version of reederapp, the iOS versions already support it.

Re:Keeping feeds separate (1)

jockm (233372) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171663)

For what its worth, I have been using Fever for a few years now and think it is hands down the best reader on the market (wish the mobile version were better though)

Tiny Tiny RSS (5, Interesting)

DarkSkiez (11259) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171037)

Run your own google reader:

tt-rss.org [nyud.net]

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (1)

cockroach2 (117475) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171175)

This indeed, tt-rss is pretty nice!

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (1, Insightful)

david.given (6740) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171391)

Unfortunately it requires you to run an SQL server and PHP, both of which require admin overhead to maintain. Does look nice, though.

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (3, Interesting)

bWareiWare.co.uk (660144) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171569)

This really is superb. Has a really nice Android client as well as the web interface.

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (2)

Hydrian (183536) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171613)

This looks to be the closest replacement of Google Reader I have found. I'm still investigating mobile multi-user support. That is a showstopper for me. If this does workout, I may even be better than Google Reader. This way I control the data and not Google.

I just use an IRC window (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171049)

using:
https://www.freshdot.net/?page_id=12
there's also:
http://scripts.irssi.org/html/irssi-feed.pl.html

Newsbeuter (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171055)

"The Mutt of RSS feed readers"

Firefox Live Bookmarks (1)

gman003 (1693318) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171057)

It's a much different flow from Google Reader (and every other RSS reader I've ever seen, actually), but I use Firefox Live Bookmarks exclusively.

I've tried switching away numerous times. Particularly during the entire Firefox 3.x series, which had a major bug where refreshing Live Bookmarks caused the whole browser to stop responding until it finished. With the 100+ blogs and webcomics I read, that meant every hour or so, it would freeze up for 2-3 minutes. I switched to Chrome for literally everything else, but I still kept Firefox for the Live Bookmarks. I just don't like how the others operate.

Re:Firefox Live Bookmarks (1)

The MAZZTer (911996) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171497)

I used to use Live Bookmarks but they are simply too cumbersome and inconvenient. You have to check every feed separately, manually for updates. That is barely a step up from manually checking the websites you got the feeds from!

With an RSS feed reader, you can see all unread messages at once and just page through them. So if I have 100 feeds and only 5 of them have new items, I am just looking at 5 new items in a single list. It's stupidly convenient. Plus simple features like being able to "star" items to save them for later or e-mail/share items is useful.

FeedDemon Was (1)

SrLnclt (870345) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171065)

I personally used FeedDemon [bradsoft.com] for the better part of a decade, which had an option to synchronize with google reader. Unfortunately the author is also ending development [typepad.com] of the software with the Google news being the last straw, effective today.

Will still work standalone (1)

critter42b (657340) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171281)

FeedDemon will still work as a standalone desktop app after GR shuts down, you just won't be able to sync article read/starred status across multiple systems, but it appears not work with Windows 8 and as noted above there will be no further development

Crap post (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171071)

Seriously the worst "article" ever to appear on Slashdot, makes "idle" seem relevant. RSS is a simple XML file, you can parse it and write a "reader" in about 40 lines of python code. Google Reader won't be missed nor does "twitter" suddenly become a reasonable substitute. Please "Unknown Lamer", stay unknown and post again. thx.

Re:Crap post (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171387)

RSS is a simple XML file, you can parse it and write a "reader" in about 40 lines of python code.

Or one line of Perl. One long line.

Liferea (1)

knuthin (2255242) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171077)

I don't read stuff while moving anyway. Liferea (Desktop app).

Re:Liferea (1)

ssam (2723487) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171655)

+1 for liferea
I have used it for years. I like that it grabs all the headlines in the morning, then i can read them on the train (or where ever else I might be without a net connection). I can flag the interesting ones and read them later when i am online

over the past couple of years the way its hard some odd bugs in it counting and displaying of unread or flagged mails, but it seems mostly good now in 1.8.12

BazQux (1)

Pebizop (2517140) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171107)

BazQux is nice and fast: http://bazqux.com/ [bazqux.com] That's a web-based one. Imports your subscriptions from Google Reader.

Re:BazQux (1)

craigminah (1885846) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171479)

BazQux isn't free...$9/year or more.

Miss RSS in Apple Mail (1)

Sez Zero (586611) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171109)

I really miss the RSS functionality from the last version of Apple Mail. I really liked being able to have my favorite feeds in the same place as my email, but separate from my Inbox. It was nice that each feed was separate, instead of munged together.

Why this trend away from RSS I wonder? It is because Google wants you to use G+ as the reader for all your "feeds" in some Facebook-wannabe fashion?

Why does this even matter? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171135)

I have never understood the attraction of RSS. So you're telling me that I could run a program that will show me one-paragraph snippets of interesting articles? Why wouldn't I just run my web browser and read the entirety of each of those same interesting articles? RSS doesn't even make it any easier to find what you want to read, since you have to manually subscribe to a feed after discovering it.

Anyone who can use bookmarks and Google has no need for an RSS reader. RSS as a whole is just a solution to a problem that never existed in the first place.

Re:Why does this even matter? (1)

wile_e8 (958263) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171361)

You have no clue. Google Reader aggregates all of those bookmarks into one web site. With your method, if you have 35 web sites you like to read, you have to open 35 bookmarks to see if they've posted anything new. With Google Reader, you only have to visit one site to see if any of those 35 sites has been updated. And even if they only post snippets in the RSS feed (most I use show full articles), it's still tons more convenient than visiting each website to see if they have new articles.

Re:Why does this even matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171409)

I've always felt the same way, but I have a nagging feeling there's something I'm missing.
Anyone have an explanation? What's RSS good for?

Re:Why does this even matter? (1)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171607)

Anyone who can use bookmarks and Google has no need for an RSS reader. RSS as a whole is just a solution to a problem that never existed in the first place.

But how do you know the site updated its contents in the first place? Would you manually go to 24 sites (the number of RSS feeds I currently have) just to find out if any of them have updated their contents? Also, don't diss on snippets. Why do papers have abstracts/summaries when I can read the whole thing I am interested in? A snippet is somewhere between a sensational headline and a long text that (should) give me a good 10 second idea on whether I want to read the whole article. If you have feeds that might have 10-20 updates each cycle, it can be quite tedious to go to each article and peruse it trying to get a summary of the article.

Re:Why does this even matter? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171677)

Anyone who can use bookmarks and Google has no need for an RSS reader.

Anyone who has a pad and paper has no need for bookmarks. Sometimes a different method is easier/more convenient.

I use a desktop feed reader (Akregator) to keep track of feeds which are rarely updated, but that interest me. Some have posts once per month; if I don't use the feed reader, I'm liable to forget checking the sites at all.

I use a web feed reader (Netvibes) to read news. This way I don't have to bother with going to each site directly, which is especially useful since I have at least a dozen sources for my news.

If you don't like RSS, that's fine, but that also doesn't mean that nobody else has a use for it.

It was called RSS Reader (2)

SoundGuyNoise (864550) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171139)

My favorite used to be RSS Reader (rssreader.com), but it hasn't been updated lately. Basic simple interface: List of feeds on the left, headlines on the right. That's all I want.

Re:It was called RSS Reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171435)

The NewsFox add-on operates similarly. Memory coupled with article time/date are enough to make syncing read/unread articles between devices pointless for me. It does export/import lists if that matters though.

Feedly. (1)

sidragon.net (1238654) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171155)

http://feedly.com/ [feedly.com]

I just switched, and I'm already wondering why I was on Reader for so long.

Bloglines was not bad in the day (1)

del_ctrl_alt (602455) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171167)

I used this before Google.... signed up again today, They are now reporting on a banner at the top that service may be slow due to many new accounts being setup, At least I didnt get the old plumber!

Have your own server? Tiny Tiny RSS (4, Informative)

WoodburyMan (1288090) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171177)

So Google, you're shutting down Google Reader? Yeah, well... I'm gonna go build my own Web-Based RSS Reader with blackjack and hookers. In fact, forget the RSS Reader! I have been a avid Google Reader user for 3-4+ years. I check it every break at work and usually first thing in the morning on my Tablet and at night before I go to bed. Love it. After hearing this, EVERY other web based RSS / Reader site was slammed and down. Then I thought... what if any of those services just randomly *poof* overnight went offline, like Google Reader, but without notice? Having my own shared server, I looked into PHP / MySQL solutions. So far Tiny Tiny RSS Reader Wins out. http://tt-rss.org/ [tt-rss.org] Set up and running in 20 minutes. Being a shared server I couldn't run daemons so I had to use a cron job to have it update the feeds every 10 minutes but it works great so far for the last 12 hours.

Thunderbird (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171183)

1kpl.us (2)

dFaust (546790) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171189)

A buddy of mine wrote a Google Reader replacement back when they started making Google+ changes to it. I don't if its the best, I haven't checked out the others, but it meets my needs and I use it daily. It has some social features so you can share and comment on posts with your friends as well. http://1kpl.us/ [1kpl.us] (The name is a reference to when you have too many feeds and not enough time to read them - the old Reader counter would simply say "1000+" once you hit 1k unread posts)

Re:1kpl.us (3, Interesting)

Charlie Wilkins (2865777) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171295)

Hi, I created 1kpl.us, I'd love it if some /. users checked it out. Thanks!

Air alternatives: (-1, Offtopic)

TubeSteak (669689) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171199)

'It's a tough question that's not unlike asking what's the best planet to live on not named Earth or the best thing to breathe not named air,'

Nitrox
Heliox
Argox
Hydrox
Hydreliox
Trimix/Heliair
Neox

You can also breathe pure oxygen for a while before oxygen toxicity kicks in and starts ruining various organs.
/sorry if I forgot a mixed gas

None of those seem to filt the bill... (1)

Junta (36770) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171225)

So I see two sorts of things being mentioned:
-Desktop/Phone applications that have no idea what you have read/not read on other devices
-Hosted RSS readers that do not have that problem, but could just as easily be shut down at the whim of the operator.

What about self-hosted alternatives internet accessible? Install something on my own http server and go to town (e.g. like roundcube or squirrelmail for email). RSS reading is sufficiently low load that even most home internet connections suffice to serve it up to you personally.

Well, DomDocument, obviously. (1)

cshark (673578) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171257)

If I can't code against it, it's not good enough.

dose of reality for geeks, RSS not used (0, Offtopic)

iggymanz (596061) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171259)

most people on planet earth have never heard of RSS and don't use it. sad but tru.

I'm a geek and I don't understand the problem (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171533)

RSS is the button at the top of Firefox, it shows when the page has an rss fee, you click it, it subscribes and the entry in the bookmark menu looks like title menu with a popout list of articles.... I do a quick access, it pulls the list and I see what's new. I don't get what Google reader was, or why I would care.

Seriously, I'm missing the problem here, why do you need something special for that?

I can't imagine visiting a special site for it, when my RSS feeds are right there on the bookmarks menu.

Can someone explain what the real problem is here??

Re:I'm a geek and I don't understand the problem (1)

RabidReindeer (2625839) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171629)

RSS is the button at the top of Firefox, it shows when the page has an rss fee, you click it, it subscribes and the entry in the bookmark menu looks like title menu with a popout list of articles.... I do a quick access, it pulls the list and I see what's new. I don't get what Google reader was, or why I would care.

Seriously, I'm missing the problem here, why do you need something special for that?

I can't imagine visiting a special site for it, when my RSS feeds are right there on the bookmarks menu.

Can someone explain what the real problem is here??

Different strokes.

I use the Firefox RSS too and love it. On my desktop. On my mobile devices, I prefer Pulse, though. Even though their latest UI "improvement" for selecting sets of feeds is really annoying, I love the way I can see all those headlines and thumbnails at a glance.

Emacs and Gnus (1)

jason8 (917879) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171265)

Emacs with Gnus is a nice low-bandwidth way to check your feeds. I'm not kidding either.

Upgrade your domain to Google Apps Business today! (2, Insightful)

ftobin (48814) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171271)

Google has quite some balls sending me an email today asking me to upgrade my personal Google Apps account to their business tier today. Only $5/month!

You know what I would pay for? Google Reader.

(For the record, the reason I don't upgrade is because I'm a single user of the domain, but have 3 accounts - one personal, one for root, and one for a separate alerts mailbox...labels don't suffice yet).

So far down to... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171273)

  • The Old Reader [theoldreader.com] which replicates the look and feel of Google Reader reasonably well, is having some capacity issues at the moment, but is at least functional. Major issue is that it doesn't refresh feeds automatically on page refresh, which when following stuff throughout the day can be problematic
  • Feedly which is having some capacity issues at the moment, and looks a bit too "new" and "shiny" for my liking, but functionally is OK. Has the advantage of refreshing quickly, and remaining in sync with Google Reader, which is good for the transitional phase.

I've been through about 4 or 5 readers since last night, and those are the only two that look promising for my use-case. Was tending toward Old Reader while Feedly was (to all intents and purposes) down, but now might be moving across to feedly... We'll see...!

How about one I can install on my webserver? (1)

Beetle B. (516615) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171309)

Since we're on the topic, does anyone know a good RSS reader that I can install on my own web server?

I currently use Gregarius [sourceforge.net] but the project is no longer under development.

I don't want a desktop based one as I need to ensure it checks the feeds whether my computer is on or not. Also, there's nothing more convenient than simply clicking links within a browser.

Reeder is dabomb (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171311)

I use Reeder on my Mac, phone and iPad. Unfortunately, I organize my feeds through Google so I will have to do over.

My own, self-rolled RSS reader (1)

blindcoder (606653) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171335)

Honestly? Yes, it's a shameless plug, but my favorite RSS reader is the one I wrote myself, unspectacularly named 'blindRSS' (google it, I'm not yet THAT shameless). Okay, I am: https://github.com/blind-coder/blindRSS/tree/dev [github.com]

Main advantage IMO: Runs on your own server.

If applicable: host it yourself (4, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171355)

Self-hosting solutions are available, will never get canned in this manner, and are highly customizable. But, of course, require a place to host it.

I've tried both Tiny Tiny RSS [tt-rss.org] and RSSLounge [aditu.de] before in an attempt to rid myself of the Google Reader addiction, but found them both lacking in some respects every time. Since Google Reader is disappearing though, I made a new attempt this morning.

RSSLounge seems to have been abandoned a year or two ago, but perhaps it was stable enough (RSS aggregation is not nuclear science).

Tiny Tiny RSS have some in my eyes quite horrible default settings, especially coming from Google Reader. The good news, however, is that it is configurable to mimic Google Reader quite closely. With some work with custom CSS rules it is quite close at a first glance.

My Tiny Tiny RSS configuration:

  • Enable "Automatically expand articles in combined mode"
  • Enable "Combined feed display"
  • Long date format: "Y-m-d H:i"
  • Short date format: "Y-m-d H:i"
  • My custom RSS [pastebin.com]

Last time I installed it on Debian I ran into enough caveats that it led me to write a guide for others to install it, but since then it has been included in the unstable repository. To install it, some manual work was still needed, though:

  • sudo aptitude install tt-rss libphp-simplepie #the second package is a correct dependency now, bug fixed very recently [debian.org] , so that should no longer be needed.
  • sudo vi /usr/share/tt-rss/www/config.php #Enter server URL. I also set SINGLE_USER_MODE=true per preference.
  • ln -s ../conf-available/50-tt-rss.conf /etc/apache2/conf.d #A bit weird by the Debian package to not put it directly in conf.d/
  • sudo vi tt-rss.local #This was for my local configuration. Needed a entry for Apache to give access to a directory outside of DocumentRoot. I also locked it to localhost access per preference.
  • sudo service apache2 reload
  • sudo vi /etc/default/tt-rss #Set DISABLED=0 to be able to start the service.
  • sudo service tt-rss start #Hopefully the aggregator will start fetching feeds.

Then go to http://localhost/tt-rss and start configuring. All subscriptions can be exported from Google Reader and imported in Tiny Tiny RSS, keeping dirctory structure intact.

I'll try to migrate fully to this solution now that Google apparently no longer wants my traffic :-) . I'd say I probably use Reader the most of all Google's services, including Search, Gmail, Youtube, etc., so the decision to can it is quite strange from my personal view.

BeyondPod (1)

Kwyj1b0 (2757125) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171359)

BeyondPod is my RSS client of choce. It is for mobile platforms (Windows and Android), and has a ton of features (including an in-built media player for podcasts, scheduling capabilities, etc.).

Firefox (1)

kelemvor4 (1980226) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171393)

Firefox is all you need. You also eliminate the need for a second program to do what amounts to having "live" bookmarks. Get it, eliminate chrome and reader in one fell swoop.

RSSOwl (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171397)

RSSOwl is by far the best RSS reader I've found.

Old fashioned? (1)

eabrek (880144) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171411)

Maybe I'm old fashioned. I use the NewsFox add-in to Firefox at work, and Thunderbird at home. They are not cloud based. I keep my own data, so I don't need to worry about people shutting off service...

I went looking and found... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171431)

BlogTrotter. RSS to Email engine, and seems to work well so far. At least you can download your email via IMAP and keep it forever if you want!

http://blogtrottr.com/

Outlook (3, Interesting)

happylight (600739) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171483)

*gasp* Yes I use MS Outlook. Just so it's all sorted together with my email.

Feedly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171489)

I have started using Feedly as they sync with Google Reader feeds, and promise to transition your feeds to their backend by 1-Jul

Sage(s) (1)

Ken_g6 (775014) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171511)

Long, long ago, I started using Sage with Firefox. When it was sort-of abandoned, I moved to Sage-Too.

Then, the main developer of Sage-Too went on a rant about not liking ad blockers, and left. Problem is, I like ad blockers and hate people who force me not to use them. The Sage project resumed working, but it didn't work with Ad Block. I managed to keep using Sage Too until I couldn't avoid upgrading from Firefox 3.6x. At that point, I cobbled together something with PHP on my local Apache server, plus Stylish in Firefox, to keep using a very Sage-like interface with Ad Block.

Point is, I'd never use an RSS reader that was on a remote server. Now my main problem is that while Firefox converts RSS feeds to HTML, Google Chrome doesn't. If I found a good RSS-to-HTML converter in PHP, I'd probably have an at-least-Github-ready "Sage Three".

Multiple devices ? (5, Insightful)

Pascal Sartoretti (454385) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171521)

What I like (or liked...) about Google Reader was that I could read some things at home on my Mac, some other at work on my PC and some others in between on mobile phone, and that the "read" status is synchronized.

I am ready to switch to anything else, as long as I can keep on reading stuff from everywhere. I am ready to install client applications.

Any idea ?

Do Not Want Desktop Reader (2)

ossuary (1532467) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171547)

My problem is that I liked being able to dump all of my feeds into Google Reader as sort of a central storage, then use various iOS apps to read them later on. I do not have time to read them during the day, so a desktop application or web reader is useless to me. I just want a central convenient storage area for my feeds and a good mobile app to read them later that night. I will have to hold off moving my Google Reader feeds until I see where Reeder may be going with their app development.

SharpReader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171551)

This one is for windows only, it gives me three panes, one for the feeds, one for the messages, and the third one for reading. It's no longer supported, but it does just what I like. Yes, this was my first one and I've tried others, so as usual we normally stick with the first of what we use.

Firefox addon (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171571)

I have used NewsFox for years and it does all I ask for.
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/newsfox/

Android app with alt text support (1)

barlevg (2111272) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171591)

I posted a similar comment in the first Reader thread, but what I'm looking for is an RSS reader for Android with support for alt text (aka mouseover text). Google Reader, amazingly, has this. It's the only Android app--RSS reader or even web browser--that I've found that will let you read alt text. And yes, xkcd is a big motivator, but it turns out xkcd is popular enough that products like Pulse have special feeds with the alt text built in. The same can't be said for the myriad of other webcomics I read that use alt text.

Brief (1)

fbumg (632974) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171597)

The Brief plugin for Firefox. Look at them aggregated, look at them separate, your choice. Been using it for a long time. It's simple, and it works. At least for me.

You are doing it wrong (1)

Merenth (935752) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171615)

I don't think that most people who weren't avid Google Reader users have any idea how it was used. Suggesting Twitter or Live Bookmarks as an alternative is absurd. Reader was great for putting feeds into categories and helping you keep track of what has been read. Once you read something, it didn't show up again unless you starred it. You could search your old articles, forward them, share them, or do nearly anything that you needed to do. It was simply the best was to manage large volumes of news/web updates without getting bogged down. I'm working with Feedly and a few of the others now, but the fast and simple interface of Reader will be sorely missed.

Isn't the cloud great? (1)

treadmarks (2528414) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171625)

If you have a program and a company stops supporting it, it means no more patches. In the cloud, it means it's gone forever and you're out of luck.

USSRSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year and a half ago | (#43171637)

In USSR RSS Reader not namned google _is_ USSRSS

SelfOSS (2)

stuporglue (1167677) | about a year and a half ago | (#43171713)

I wanted a web-based reader, and did some searching last night.

I decided I wanted to go with a self-hosted option, and found SelfOSS. It's light-weight, PHP5 and the code is very clean. It can use MySQL or SQLite.

It's a single-person reader, with one username/password supported.

http://selfoss.aditu.de/ [aditu.de]

You can see a live demo here: http://stuporglue.org/selfoss/ [stuporglue.org]

The only downside so far is that with SQLite, the database locks when updates are running. This is fairly quick, but might be an issue for some people.

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