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Slashdot Asks: How Will You Replace Google Reader?

timothy posted about a year ago | from the bifocals-espresso-and-page-ruffling-servants dept.

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Despite a hue and cry from disappointed users, Google has not made any moves to reverse its decision to close down Google Reader on the first of July, just a few weeks away. Despite the name — and the functions it started out with in 2001 — Reader has become more than a simple interface to RSS feeds; Wikipedia gives a concise explanation of how it evolved from just a few features to a full-blown platform of its own, incorporating social-sharing features of the kind that have become expected in many online apps. Those features have morphed over the years along with Google's larger social strategies, along the way upsetting some readers who'd grown used to certain features. If you're a Google Reader user, will you be replacing it with another aggregator?

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Sod google reader (2, Insightful)

Big Hairy Ian (1155547) | about a year ago | (#43973391)

I'm going to miss igoogle :(

Re:Sod google reader (3, Insightful)

Digicrat (973598) | about a year ago | (#43973731)

I'm going to miss igoogle :(

+1. iGoogle is/was a great homepage.

I've got a list of alternatives to iGoogle somewhere (there are 3-4 that look decent), but I've yet to spend the time to actually look at any of them.

Re:Sod google reader (1)

Dishevel (1105119) | about a year ago | (#43973789)

iGoogle is my portal to /.

Re:Sod google reader (4, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973767)

Check out

It doesn't look quite as nice as iGoogle, but it's close enough.

Re:Sod google reader (5, Informative)

DrXym (126579) | about a year ago | (#43974097)

Exactly. iGoogle is a really useful homepage. Google have nothing to replace it (Google+ is not a replacement). So I'll just jump over to Yahoo. I'll probably do a large chunk of my searches through Yahoo too.

Re:Sod google reader (1)

godless dave (844089) | about a year ago | (#43974101)

Me, too.

feed2imap (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973423)

For now I'm using feed2imap with my GMail account, works good but it sucks for RSS channels with images (eg. stream)

Seems legit (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973427)

Corn pops (-1, Flamebait)

For a Free Internet (1594621) | about a year ago | (#43973429)

Forget about this nonsense. Read more KARL MARX and you will be ok. Slashdort is for sociopathic idiorts, and my pants are BAGGY!

With NSA Reader! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973433)

The NSA already reads all the feeds I subscribe to so I don't have to!

I've been trying feedly (5, Informative)

Chrisq (894406) | about a year ago | (#43973445)

Feedly [] is OK, but not as good as reader. In particular I miss being able to use it to combine multiple feeds into a bundle - which then has its own RSS feed that can be displayed on web pages. Also an embeddable view for igHome would be good

Re:I've been trying feedly (1)

Anathem (1983388) | about a year ago | (#43973467)

Seconded. I'm probably going to use Feedly.

Re:I've been trying feedly (1)

Threni (635302) | about a year ago | (#43973489)

Using Feedly as a backend to gReader (Android app). So I'm not expecting any changes - it should "Just Work(tm)"

Re:I've been trying feedly (5, Informative)

onosson (1107107) | about a year ago | (#43973533)

I've been using Feedly since about 1-2 days after the announcement of Reader's cancellation, and although it took a while to get used to it I've found it to be a pretty solid replacement. The iOS app works well for me, and I appreciate that there are a few alternative views available for scrolling through your feed. I hope that it continues to work well once the Reader "tap" is shut off for good - Feedly has said the transition will be "seamless", I have my fingers crossed.

Re:I've been trying feedly (2)

Kevin Salazar (2911595) | about a year ago | (#43973591)

You can already do that in Feedly, just put all the related content you want bundled together in the folder and just read the folder instead of the specific feed.

Re:I've been trying feedly (5, Interesting)

Geeky (90998) | about a year ago | (#43973593)

The thing that put me off feedly was the requirement for a browser extension. Why on earth would you need a browser extension for what ought to be a simple website?

Re:I've been trying feedly (2)

Captain Hook (923766) | about a year ago | (#43973823)

Same here, that put me right off it.

I've gone with Netvibes, more as a replacement for iGoogle rather than Reader. It doesn't have the multiple device sync'ing that reader did but it does make a nice homepage and I've just got used to having to ignore the RSS items which I've already on PC or Mobile when viewing from the other device.

Re:I've been trying feedly (1)

Anastomosis (1102421) | about a year ago | (#43973875)

Seconded for Netvibes. Been using it since I heard about the iGoogle shutdown, and haven't gone back. I really like it.

Re: I've been trying feedly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974005)

There's a Feedly app for iOS and Android.

Re:I've been trying feedly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973609)

I went with myyahoo early on. As the feeds seemed to be delivered in the way I wanted they also had a good selection of built in AP news. Basically 1-2 screens with everything on it and I could choose what I wanted to look at. I could not stand having it 'ping' me every time something changed it was driving me nuts. Now I look at 1-2 times a day.

The downside is it misses sites that tend to spam a lot of items out everyday. As it only shows last X items.

Re:I've been trying feedly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973631)

Yes, Feedly is working well for me. I use it to look at feeds, and potentially mail interesting stories or share them to Facebook, etc. At one point I used some of the advanced Google features - like taking my "starred items" and exporting them as its own feed to be digested on a web site. That was really cool and let me curate content in Reader to then be re-published somewhere else. I don't know how else to accomplish this now.

Re:I've been trying feedly (5, Informative)

Taeolas (523275) | about a year ago | (#43973695)

I switched to Feedly as well a few days after the announcement, and I've had no real issues with it. It works for my needs, both on the desktop and on the phone.

I've also noticed that since I'm not using GReader any more, I've stopped using G+ as well. Feedly's G+ link sharing seems a bit buggy, so I don't share there, and I don't feel the need or desire to check in on G+ any more one way or another. (Granted I barely share on Facebook either).

My only real beef is email sharing feels a bit cludgy compared to Reader, but even with Reader it wasn't as nice as it used to be.

Re:I've been trying feedly (3, Insightful)

dc29A (636871) | about a year ago | (#43973743)

Android client on Feedly always uses their built-in shitty browser. No thanks. I need their client to allow me to pick a default browser (FF + Adblock). Until that happens, no Feedly for you!

If Life Wasn't So Busy, My Own (5, Informative)

eldavojohn (898314) | about a year ago | (#43973481)

How Will You Replace Google Reader?

(Disclaimer: I'm going to use the term 'bandwidth' universally instead of the more correct 'latency' or 'throughput' so normal people can hopefully understand this post) The biggest problem I have with every alternative I have tried is that they are built with the most annoying design flaws. They are so painful to me that I am certain these flaws will be look back upon as the geocities of our modern day web development.

When I fire up an alternative, the responsiveness that was in Google Reader just isn't there. And it always seems like the alternatives require you to hit "refresh" on their interface and then what happens? It apparently makes a call out to every single RSS feed to get updates. On the surface this may seem like standard HTTP way of thinking about things. But it makes for a shit user experience. I have thousands of RSS feeds. Thousands. And if I hit refresh in this paradigm, my browser makes 1,000+ HTTP GET requests. It's not a lot of data but if even one of those requests is slow, it's usually blocking on ceding control back to me.

So let's iterate improvements on here that will get us back to Google Reader style responsiveness, shall we? Well, one of the simplest improvements I can see is to do these requests asynchronously with nonblocking web workers [] . You can attach each of them to the div or construct that each feed is displayed in and only have them work when that feed is visible (for instance if I am collapsing/expanding folders of feeds). You can grey out the feed until the request comes back but if another request returns first, it is parsed and inserted and activated to my vision. That way if comes back faster than NASA's Photograph of the Day, I can read while waiting for my images.

But the core problem is that I'm on my home computer on a residential cable modem and, let's face it, Cox sucks. So what I think Google was doing was sacrificing their bandwidth to actually "reverse" the request from client to server. And, in doing so, they could package up all your updates and ship them out in one request (probably compressed). So, this is how I would approach that. Instead of doing a heart beat HTTP GET to check for RSS updates, I'd build a WebSocket [] and instead of requesting information, the client (browser) would be listening for information. The event/listener paradigm here would save both the user and the RSS host a lot of bandwidth but it would cost the host of the feed reader service some of that bandwidth (although much less). So basically the client JavaScript would load the page just like normal but instead of continually sending HTTP GET requests, a WebSocket would merely inform the server which feeds are active and listen for updates coming in from the server.

On the downside, this greatly complicates the server side. You need to have one be-all end-all "cache" or storage of all incoming feeds that any user is subscribed to. And for each of these feeds, you need to have a list of the users subscribed to it. And now your server will need to maintain the HTTP GET requests to and NASA in order to get updates. When it gets an update, there's two ways you could handle it (user queues are complicated so I won't suggest that) but the most basic way is to send it right out to everyone on that subscription list who has an active WebSocket session established with their account. If a new WebSocket session is established, they simply get the last N stories from their subscriptions (Google included pagination backwards binned by time). To alleviate even more bandwidth from you, you could store it on the client side with HTML5 Web Storage and then the first thing the Web Socket does is find the last date on the last stored element and send that across to the server to establish the session. The server responds with any updates past that time. And from there your WebSocket is merely listening and inserting elements into the page when they arrive.

Of course, after you valiantly save your RSS providers from death by a thousand cuts, you yourself face that same fate. And now you know why Google scheduled a turn off of Reader ...

Re:If Life Wasn't So Busy, My Own (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973645)

(Disclaimer: I'm going to use the term 'fuckwit' universally instead of the more correct 'douchebag' or 'twat-waffle' so normal people can hopefully understand you're a troll).

cm ftw

Re:If Life Wasn't So Busy, My Own (1)

Aguazul2 (2591049) | about a year ago | (#43973809)

Yeah, after trying some of the alternatives, I was also planning to write my own -- although it's getting a bit late now. Google should have given us maybe a year or two of notice. I was going to do the polling on my webserver, send items as E-mail and then knock something up to view them using luakit.

I can't replace something I never use. (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973495)

It may have some fans, but the majority of the people on the web do not even know what Google Reader is.

Re:I can't replace something I never use. (0)

camperdave (969942) | about a year ago | (#43973655)

It may have some fans, but the majority of the people on the web do not even know what Google Reader is.

Agreed. I'd never heard of it until this Slashdot article.

Why do I need an aggregator? (4, Insightful)

MichaelJ (140077) | about a year ago | (#43973497)

An application on my desktop, or "app" on a tablet or smartphone, is all the aggregation I need in order to read the RSS feeds to which I'm subscribed. The only functionality that Google Reader ever provided that I needed was syncing unread/read information across those applications. Of course, under the covers the applications were letting Google do all the heavy lifting, even the RSS feed checking. Going forward, though, all I need is an RSS reader application that's multiplatform with read/unread syncing.

Re:Why do I need an aggregator? (2)

Geeky (90998) | about a year ago | (#43973621)

OK. So what does that? Genuinely curious, not found an option I like yet.

Re:Why do I need an aggregator? (2)

Intrepid imaginaut (1970940) | about a year ago | (#43973775)

This, except I don't care about synching. Thunderbird does everything I need.

Replaced iGoogle with... (1)

Kinwolf (945345) | about a year ago | (#43973503)

Netvibes. It was the closest I found to iGoogle in layout and functionnalities. Been using it for a year and liking it.

liferea (1)

ssam (2723487) | about a year ago | (#43973505)

liferea does everything I need. prefer a local application, as it means I can read through the feeds on the train.

rss2email (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973507)

'Nuff said. []


Newsblur (3, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973509)

In the very worst case, you can stand up your own server, as we have access to the source:

Yoleo Reader works for me (3, Insightful)

pls2917 (97490) | about a year ago | (#43973511)

I've been using [] for the last few days and it works well for me. It even pulled the existing feeds directly from Google since I signed on with Google Account.

Re:Yoleo Reader works for me (2)

guidryp (702488) | about a year ago | (#43973627)

I lasted about 5 minutes with Yoleo and gave up. I don't like the layout and it doesn't seem to be configurable and it failed to import many of my reader feeds.

If nothing web based turns up that is half decent I will go with "newsfox" add on for firefox which does a half decent job. But I would prefer a web based client like reader.

i never used it, much like the rest of google (-1, Troll)

nimbius (983462) | about a year ago | (#43973521)

but if i had, id replace it with an open source alternative. the problem would then be, without google, id have the crushing burden of choosing any of 23 well developed multiplatform alternatives that respect my privacy and freedom... []

TheOldReader is promising (2)

Octorian (14086) | about a year ago | (#43973523)

I'm really seriously considering going with as they're the only ones who are even attempting to make a mobile website. However, their mobile site's layout is quite cumbersome to use and desperately needs fixing.

Everyone else seems overly obsessed with being "app first, screw the rest," where said apps don't run on my phone platform of choice. But if any 3rd party apps I actually can run will support other sites in time, I may give them a shot too.

Re:TheOldReader is promising (4, Informative)

wile_e8 (958263) | about a year ago | (#43973763)

I think The Old Reader is the best replacement for Google Reader because it seems to be the only RSS reader I've found that is actually trying to do what Google Reader did. The others I've tried (specifically Feedly and Netvibes) seem to have different goals but can be adapted to behave similarly (but not the same) to Google Reader. I actually went with Netvibes for about the first month after the GR announcement because TOR was pretty lacking in the feature department and extremely slow due to the crush of new users. However, TOR had been rapidly updating the feature set, and I switched back over after they fixed up the mobile site and expanded their keyboard shortcuts among other tinngs (they've been great at adding features requested on the user feedback site).

When picking out a replacement to GR, I thought the most important thing was having the same goals as GR did in order provide the same functionality, and TOR has that in spades. I've never figured out why Feedly gets so much love in the GR replacement posts on tech sites. Need to install a browser extension? Yuck. The app wants to look like a magazine? Yuck. If you want to a pretty app to read articles like a magazine on your tablet, Feedly is nice, but it's not a replacement for Google Reader. The Old Reader is, especially now that the mobile site works as well as the Google Reader app ever did.

Re:TheOldReader is promising (1)

CalicoPaisley (1271636) | about a year ago | (#43973851)

TheOldReader has replaced GReader for me completely and seamlessly. I can't stand Feedly because I don't have a smartphone and the web interface is crap. But I'm no longer even angry about GReader going because TheOldReader has picked up the torch, and very well I might add.

Self-hosted TinyTinyRSS (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973525)

I'll go for a self-hosted tinytinyRSS:

Never cared much for all the social features, I like keeping up with websites and being absolutely sure I haven't missed anything.

I'm not sure why I sign into google anymore. No need for reader. Youtube favs I suppose.

Re:Self-hosted TinyTinyRSS (2)

zenderbender (663373) | about a year ago | (#43974113)

I also switched to Tiny Tiny RSS and purchased the app for my phone in order to support the developer. I don't miss Google Reader at all.

A low tech solution (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973527)

I'd just bookmark the page like I have always done.

Geeze people!

Re:A low tech solution (2)

slim (1652) | about a year ago | (#43973605)

This isn't sufficient.

Some of my feeds update several times a day, and yes, it would be OK to just check back regularly.

Other feeds update irregularly, sometimes with weeks or months between updates. I still want to see those updates, and I want to see them reasonably promptly. It's dumb not to automate the checking of those sites, and RSS is the rational way to achieve it.

Re:A low tech solution (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974001)

How is it not sufficient to just check these sites occasionally? It's not like the information disappears and you HAVE to have a freaking 24/7/365 watchbot program monitor the damn sites.

I cannot believe people still give a fuck about RSS. It's a relic of the outdated, silly "push technology" garbage that died out eons ago.

Re:A low tech solution (2)

slim (1652) | about a year ago | (#43974179)

I follow over 60 sites. If I could manually check each one in 5 seconds, it would take me 5 minutes - not counting the actual reading. With a "freaking 24/7/365 watchbot", that's down to, essentially, zero.

Now, of course, it would be even quicker to go cold turkey and drop all those blogs. I don't want to do that; why should I?


hawks5999 (588198) | about a year ago | (#43973529)

You can set up recipes on to send new feed items to different platforms. I tried sending to gmail and setting up tags and filters to keep feeds organized and out of my inbox. This worked ok. Ultimately I ended up making an unpublished Facebook page and sending feed items to it as link posts. This is working out pretty well.

Read? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973535)

I don't know how to read you insensitive clod.

Happy with NewsBlur (4, Informative)

alvin67 (968189) | about a year ago | (#43973537)

I have been very happy with NewsBlur as my Reader replacement. I am now 100% switched over. I use it to read nearly 1500 feeds and performance is great. They have clients for iOS and Android and FeedMe is a decent third party Windows Phone client. For the amount of time I spend each week in feeds, I am happy to pay $20 per year for a premium NewsBlur account.

Re:Happy with NewsBlur (2)

alvin67 (968189) | about a year ago | (#43973589)

Forgot to mention that NewsBlur is open source, so you could host your own. Also, it has a nice API.

Tried feedly, gone over to newsblur (2)

Nicolai Mollerup (2862601) | about a year ago | (#43973541)

Newsblur is clean, fast and easy to use.

Local network Tiny Tiny RSS (1)

intermodal (534361) | about a year ago | (#43973545)

I'm not happy about having to do it, but I've been playing with my own Tiny Tiny RSS server installed on my file server. It runs well, but it's not Google Reader. (5, Informative)

chargen (90268) | about a year ago | (#43973547)

I've been trying inoreader and have found it to be easy to use and fairly feature-rich.

Some highlights
- Easy import of all your Google reader feeds
- Lacking an android app, but one is planned and there is a mobile version of the site
- Fast
- Free

Isn't it open source? (1)

apcullen (2504324) | about a year ago | (#43973551)

Can't somebody who's interested just pick up the development?

Re:Isn't it open source? (2)

hobarrera (2008506) | about a year ago | (#43973885)

No, it wasn't open source, sorry!
Someone could create a clone. I'm curious as to why that hasn't happened. Probably no interested developers.

I switched to feedly (2)

CokeJunky (51666) | about a year ago | (#43973555)

The switchover was simple - log in with my goolge account and authorize it. The layout is clean, and the app form on my phone is prompt and beautiful. Thanks google for making me switch... Feedly kicks google readers butt. Feedly may not be the beat alternative, but it was the only one I tried after reading a few reviews of the options. I didn't feel the need to look any further.

Switched, but not happy. (2)

Remus Shepherd (32833) | about a year ago | (#43973559)

I've completely switched over to NetVibes, but I'm not happy about it. The Netvibes web page is slow to load and has buggy UI on every browser I've tried, especially on mobile platforms. But it does what I want it to do, which is give me my RSS feeds synched on several different devices, and it allows me to permanently save some articles.

TheOldReader probably has better UI -- because it's simpler -- but I don't believe it has the 'save' functionality that I need. Feedly is just god awful for what I need. Bloglines is NetVibes -- literally, it's a front-end for the same service. I don't know of any others that have what I want, but if I find one I'm ready to switch again in a heartbeat.

Re:Switched, but not happy. (1)

Bazman (4849) | about a year ago | (#43974007)

Similar experience with netvibes - it normally starts up blank on my Android phone, I just have to hit refresh. Once in a while it'll tell me I have a negative number of things unread. It has trouble keeping a consistent count of unread items between the title, the menu, and its own 'refresh' button. Oh, and the 'Load More' button appears off the end of my screen sometimes. These are mostly minor annoyances I can live with.

Google Reader never did anything wrong, though.

newsblur (1)

AshPattern (152048) | about a year ago | (#43973575)

I've been really happy with [] . It has pretty much every feature of reader I cared about, with a better interface and a very dedicated individual working hard behind the scenes.

Re:newsblur (1)

c0d3g33k (102699) | about a year ago | (#43973673)

Don't forget it's fully open-source so you can run your own server if you desire (or contribute fixes if so inclined).

the old reader (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973587)

The old reader: [] it's just like google reader

Opera (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973599)

Opera's internal RSS reader was and still is the best reader out there.

I just hope the new Webkit fork version of Opera doesn't kill it.

Netvibes & ComicRocket (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973603)

I've found Netvibes worked well for my news feeds (switch from widget to reader view and its very similar to google reader layout). My webcomics moved over to ComicRocket which has a lot of features like keeping track of where in the archives you are when getting caught up on a series. Tried it with Outlook and Opera's RSS readers and just didn't care much for them.

Google Reader? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973611)

Never used it, never even knew WTF is was about. Why is everyone so obsessed with RSS feeds anyway? Are you all incapable of loading a few websites?

Re:Google Reader? (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about a year ago | (#43973659)


Re:Google Reader? (2)

Aguazul2 (2591049) | about a year ago | (#43973909)

You must have a lot of spare time. I just want to zip through the news looking for anything that interests me. That is when an RSS reader really helps. I don't have time to load up 10 websites 5 times a day, re-reading the same headlines many times over. Going back to that would be like going back to writing with quill and parchment instead of using a keyboard and screen.

Re:Google Reader? (1)

TechyImmigrant (175943) | about a year ago | (#43973961)

Clicking on 4 bookmarks in the morning is not a great hardship. I might click on them again at lunch. I'm certain that it doesn't materially impact my spare time.

Google's loss (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973625)

Really bummed that Google Reader is closing. But if Google is no longer interested in my news reading habits then it's their loss. And I'll no longer be logged-in to Google all day. So it's really their loss. But a huge gain for my privacy.

At work using Windows RSS Owl is looking like my best choice. Akregator for Linux. Not yet sure what I'll use on Mac.

Re:Google's loss (3, Interesting)

Aguazul2 (2591049) | about a year ago | (#43973943)

And I'll no longer be logged-in to Google all day. So it's really their loss

Mod parent up -- this is a good point. The only reason I'm logged into Google is for Reader. I only know of stuff happening on Google Plus because it pops up in the corner of the screen. Now Google Plus will also completely disappear from my life.

Reeder or Feedly (1)

jsdcnet (724314) | about a year ago | (#43973633)

I've been using Reeder on my Mac + iPad, and it's pretty good. Feedly is also pretty good. Not sure which I'll end up with long-term, guess we'll see how I feel once Reader is finally dead and buried.

The Old Reader (2)

conejo especial (1457763) | about a year ago | (#43973639)

The Old Reader. It's web-based and you can use Google or Facebook login, or a completely separate one if you like. Since the Google Reader shut-down was announced they've made a lot of changes including adding keyboard shortcuts mostly the same as Google Reader.

YMMV of course, but I find it a suitable replacement personally.

I don't need to (0, Offtopic)

gweihir (88907) | about a year ago | (#43973641)

No technology Google ever created had a realistic long-term perspective. Hence I stayed away from it in the first place. They are not after creating infrastructure, they are after profits. "Don't be evil" has long been superseded by "be profitable".

OwnCloud News (2)

Trevelyan (535381) | about a year ago | (#43973663)

I have an instance of OwnCloud [] setup at home. I use it mostly for syncing contact and calendar data. I'm even subscribed to my girlfriends calendar and vice versa. The WebDav part I only really use as a quick way to get files from one device to another, and by device I mean smartphone, tablets as well as proper computers.

When Google announced the closure of Reader, OwnCloud started work on a news reader app [] too. I've been running it since the beta and I'm very happy.

NewsBlur (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43973667)

Had to be something that i could access also from my N9, be native app or light enough html. tt-rss is good, easy to put almost anywhere. But had also support for newsblur, that is open source if i ever have to host it myself, and have some social feedback and discovery that has proved useful (better than whats hot in google reader). The only missing piece of the puzzle still is search, that is in the pipeline.

Roll your own with Yahoo Pipes (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973733)

rss2email (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973739)

Set up a separate email account, read your RSS feeds with the mail reader of your choice:

rsslounge^Wselfoss (2)

gwolf (26339) | about a year ago | (#43973747)

Several months before Google's announcement, I was fed up with some details regarding Google Reader (namely, going always through *their* servers according to *their* conditions). Given I am a systems adminstrator and have the ability (and little extra bandwidth) to self-host that service for myself, I installed a rssLounge instance.

I now learn rssLounge has been renamed to selfoss [] . I have yet to check this new version — but leaving minor glitches aside, rssLounge has me quite happy.

TinytinyRSS! (5, Informative)

Twiggeh (2948473) | about a year ago | (#43973791)

I switched to TinytinyRSS, and since its hosted on my friends server (will probably set up my own once my ESXi host gets more RAM) i dont have to worry about it suddenly dying on my. Migration was easy too since i could just export my list and import it in TTRSS.

Re:TinytinyRSS! (2)

3.1415926535 (243140) | about a year ago | (#43973855)

I second this. I set it up on my home cable modem connection and it works great. It would be even more responsive if I put it on my dirt-cheap VPS account server, I just haven't bothered since the cable modem works fine. They keep changing the Android app and adding annoying animations, but it still works *much* better than Feedly and doesn't require giving some third-party access to all of my browsing history.

Re:TinytinyRSS! (1)

Arashi256 (1804688) | about a year ago | (#43974057)

Yup, I'm running tt-rss off my own home server now with the Android app. It's obviously a little slower than Reader as I don't have a data centre in my loft, but it works well enough. I just imported my Reader subscriptions and job done. Plus the NSA can't read it! :D

Netvibes and here's why (4, Informative)

stevegee58 (1179505) | about a year ago | (#43973799)

When I received the first warning about Reader going away I started looking for alternatives. For me, having it be web-based was most important since I wanted to used it at home and work. The "at work" thing is a problem since I can't just install anything I want on my work PC.
It seems like the RSS reader market is flooded with apps so it was difficult to find web-based services. I had grown used to the Reader look and feel so I settled on NetVibes as being the closest fit.
My main criticism is NetVibes is not as fast as Reader but otherwise the format and whatnot is perfectly usable.

Netvibes (1)

breid7718 (963460) | about a year ago | (#43973801)

When they made the announcement, I tried Netvibes again and really got into it. It's got the option of reading the feeds in a Google Reader-esque interface or in more of a widget format. Moreover, you can customize whether to see it as images or listing by the feed category. That's really nice for sticking news headlines in a long list and putting image based feeds in a widget look to see what you actually want to consume. The mobile site is nice enough to eliminate the need for something app-specific and offers offline syncing options as well. It also let me import everything over while maintaining my categories.

Got this via Netvibes... (1)

bemymonkey (1244086) | about a year ago | (#43973847)

Which works quite well. I also tried Feedly, but that comes with a weird Firefox add-on that causes high power consumption on battery...

Hive (1)

hraefn (627340) | about a year ago | (#43973859)

I have been trying [] part time, while I use Feedly full-time. Hive shows a lot of promise.

I replaced it ages ago (3, Interesting)

hobarrera (2008506) | about a year ago | (#43973861)

I replaced it ages ago, with a simple python script croned every 15 minutes. It picks up new entries to my feeds, and emails them to me. Sieve filters those emails into a different mailbox, so I've a special mailbox which is basically entries for my rss feeds.

I don't know why I've never made a web interface for that, it might become pretty popular. :P

Re:I replaced it ages ago (3, Informative)

hobarrera (2008506) | about a year ago | (#43973935)

After getting some feedback on this usage of mine, and algo after seeing some other comments here, here are some hightlights:
  + IMAP takes care of the sincronization across devices.
  + There's a client for every device out there: the email client.
  + Achieving, deleting, marking as read/unread, flagging, all supported through IMAP as well.

Maybe rather than a web-based interface, this needs an email based interface (sort of like mailing lists).

I replace it how I replace everything... (1)

ducomputergeek (595742) | about a year ago | (#43973879)

with a small perl script.

Mighty difficult (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43973923)

It's rather difficult to replace something I never used.

tt-rss (1, Informative)

a9db0 (31053) | about a year ago | (#43973965)

I use tt-rss. It runs on my web server so i't always on, has mobile interfaces, runs in any browser. Try it. []

Best Windows RSS Reader (1)

taxman_10m (41083) | about a year ago | (#43973979)


It's old and hasn't been updated in forever, but it's clean, simple, and fast. Faster than any other reader I've tried (such as RSS Owl or Liferea).

It's easy (-1, Flamebait)

Taantric (2587965) | about a year ago | (#43974013)

First you get down on your knees and thank Baby Jeebus that you no longer are using one of Google's privacy sucking applications. Then you wipe the sand of your vagina, man up and read your favorite websites in a web browser like the rest of the world.

Newsbeuter (1)

mutende (13564) | about a year ago | (#43974015)

On the desktop I've switched to Newsbeuter [] , and I'll probably skip reading feeds on my phone.

not really Googlereader like, but ... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974047)

Right now I'm using a small program I wrote [1], which is more than enough for my personal use.

Launch it and it will output a list of new articles (title+link) sorted by source. Pipe the output to sendmail and you get some kind of rss2email digest mode.


Repeat question, already asked 3 months ago (0)

Walking The Walk (1003312) | about a year ago | (#43974089)

This question was already on slashdot, back in March. It was titled "What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader? [] " I mean really, does Slashdot's search suck so bad that the editor's couldn't find that previous question? If so, then Let Me Google That For You [] . First three results:
  1. This page
  2. Google Reader Being Retired []
  3. What's the Best RSS Reader Not Named Google Reader? []

For a fairly drop-in relacement, tt-rss (1)

ckthorp (1255134) | about a year ago | (#43974093)

I switched to tt-rss and couldn't be happier. It works almost exactly like Google Reader and even includes plugins to allow you to use the same navigation keys. It can import OPML for your feeds list and has a plugin to import your starred posts. The only downside is not being able to play flash video (youtube, et al) in the reader pane.

Don't care.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43974105)

Never used it.

Wrote my own (2)

uberjack (1311219) | about a year ago | (#43974129)

I used Google Reader more than any other Google service. Which is why when they announced discontinuation, I decided to roll my own [] replica.

Feedly (1)

Mistah Blue (519779) | about a year ago | (#43974165)

I've moved to feedly.

Tiny Tiny RSS (tt-rss) and the Android app. (2, Insightful)

Domini (103836) | about a year ago | (#43974185)

I tried both Feedly and NewsBlur, and both did a lot of things I did not want or need. They were pretty, but when it came down it it I was losing control of my important feeds.

I had to upgrade my ancient Linux server (it was overdue) before I could install it (although I think they might have relaxed some of the requirements now)

I am very happy with it now. It is lean and light, clean and works flawlessly for me.
The android app is written by the developer and rivals that of Google Reader. (clean and simple) Although it is paid... but I don't mind paying for it for all I got.

I can recommend it to everyone who feels a bit of reticence and want and alternative.

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