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Google Reader: One Year Later

timothy posted about 7 months ago | from the somehow-we-manage dept.

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Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Just over a year has passed since Google closed Google Reader; have your reading habits changed? When Google announced in March 2013 that Google Reader would close, a number of pundits saw it as a sign of the imminent death of RSS feeds as redundant tech. But 15 months has gone by and I can't see that very much has changed. Former Google Reader users fled to any number of smaller competitors, including Feedly, which as a result quadrupled its userbase from around 4 million users to around 15 million users and 24,000 paying customers in February 2014. I can't speak for you but I am still getting my news from RSS feeds, just like I did before the Readerpocalypse. Zite might be gone and Pulse might belong to LinkedIn but RSS feeds are still around."

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simply put: (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387559)


Re: simply put: (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387589)

no, and i am a bit more hesitant to jump onto any Google bandwagon that come along.

Re: simply put: (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387947)

Digg.com/reader is just as good. Give it a try

Re: simply put: (1)

phmadore (1391487) | about 7 months ago | (#47389209)


I miss it. (1)

jaeztheangel (2644535) | about 7 months ago | (#47387561)

It saved me so much time. And hassle.

Re:I miss it. (2)

ThePhilips (752041) | about 7 months ago | (#47389147)

InoReader [inoreader.com] did the trick for me. Using it for over the year now. So far - no problems whatsoever.

It was nice (2)

cascadingstylesheet (140919) | about 7 months ago | (#47387567)

I still miss it. Surely the data harvesting would have been worth it, for a behemoth like Google to just keep it running.

I use Feedly, but it's not the same.

Re:It was nice (1)

smitty_one_each (243267) | about 7 months ago | (#47387577)

Feedly's social media integration is better. And I'm sure Google is getting all the deets it wants.

Re:It was nice (2)

Cico71 (603080) | about 7 months ago | (#47387611)

Surely the data harvesting would have been worth it, for a behemoth like Google to just keep it running.

I'm still convinced they want to kill RSS and that was part of the plan.
They did a good job accelerating the death of Usenet when they bought Dejanews and left the Newsgroups search unusable.

Re:It was nice (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387973)

I never found a suitable replacement for Google reader. Feedly didn't do it for me. My replacement is an RSS bookmark in my browser which leaves a lot to be desired.

The Google usenet search is useable but not easily usable. Just like the Google newspaper archive search and browse. It is there but you really have to work your way around to find it keep your searches within the newspaper archive.

Re: It was nice (0)

savuporo (658486) | about 7 months ago | (#47388545)

I tried all of the alternatives and ended up sticking with TheOldReader

Twitter and other social media does not act as a topical news source - updates from low power embedded MCU world and switching mode power supply design will absolutely bubble to a place where I can catch up at my own leisure.

Re:It was nice (1)

iktos (166530) | about 7 months ago | (#47388469)

Data harvesting only adds value if it can be used to predict something which Google finds useful, what feeds you've got in common with someone else apparently wasn't useful enough in presenting, for example, search results.
But without Reader, I wouldn't have gotten a Google account. At least not then.

Re:It was nice (4, Insightful)

tlambert (566799) | about 7 months ago | (#47389263)

I still miss it. Surely the data harvesting would have been worth it, for a behemoth like Google to just keep it running.

I use Feedly, but it's not the same.

The problem was the API let people write clients that removed the value to Google of running the service (i.e. the advertisements).

Google was willing to give the code over to any third party who wanted to commit to supporting it, and even host it on Google's infrastructure, if they were paid to do so, but there wasn't any way to monetize it, given the API split and the ad stripping by the clients of the API. Apparently stream bookmarking and privacy weren't worth sitting through the ads to anyone, as no one was able to come up with a viable business model that kept the good stuff, but was still able to be monetized enough to at least break even.

But hey, I'll happily join you to complain about stuff I no longer get free, too, if that will make you feel better, like those game cards you could get at Chick-fil-a in the mall, go down to the Walden Books, look up the answers in the almanac, and then go back to Chick-fil-a for the free food item because you got the right answer, and get the next game card.

Feedly (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 7 months ago | (#47389733)

I don't find that Feedly is very good at updating my feeds. Sometimes days go by before it updates my feeds.
I've also tried Feeder and that seems to suffer from similar issues.

Re: Feedly (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47389907)

Go Pro... then the delay will go away.

I pay gladly for their superb service...

Nothing is for free.....

Feedly (2)

beamin (23709) | about 7 months ago | (#47387571)

Still using RSS.

Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (5, Informative)

bigdady92 (635263) | about 7 months ago | (#47387575)

The death of GReader led me to Feedly which has nearly all of the features that GReader had backed by a company whom RSS isn't an experiment and truly GOT RSS. Feedly saw a need in the market place and filled that void that Google abandoned.

I am more than happy with Feedly and their feature set. I threw them some money to support them and tell everyone I know to use them as their apps work just as well if not better than what Google was trying to do.

Re:Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387879)

I always wondered what would happen when feedly dropped its pants. Now I know.

Re:Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (2)

Threni (635302) | about 7 months ago | (#47388671)

Now if there could just be some change to "how shit works on the internet" so they stop getting taken down by DDOS's, apparently at the whim of script kiddies demanding ransoms.

But yeah, nothing beats RSS. Google can come up with all funky magazine viewers, along with Flipboard and god knows what else, but only 0.00001% of the internet ever gets on board with that (and those overdone interfaces with shitty functionality - give me a break), and other people can suggest "social...uh..stuff, you know, like twitter, facebook..." as somehow doing what RSS does (still waiting for someone to explain exactly how that's supposed to work, but thanks for suggesting it anyway)
whereas RSS is trivially added to any website and is platform/ui agnostic.

Google killing Reader really woke me up to what can happen if you use a non-core part of a company; I don't start using anything now from any company unless it appears to me that the company wouldn't survive withdrawing the service.

Re:Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (1)

Rich0 (548339) | about 7 months ago | (#47389217)

I'm using Feedly, but the one thing I really miss from Google Reader is a mark-read-up-to-here feature. If you're using the mobile app it works well enough to have it mark read each page of articles as you swipe by them. However, the web-based reader only lets you mark an entire feed read at a time, which makes it hard to catch up on large feeds.

Re:Feedly: Google Reader Reloaded (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 7 months ago | (#47389749)

Feedly has a great interface, but they had some issues with Craigslist and since then RSS feeds into Feedly from them seemed to suck, only updating occassionally despite the fact they claim their issues have been solved

Feedly and Nextgen Reader (1)

Cico71 (603080) | about 7 months ago | (#47387585)

Good combo on Windows Phone and Windows 8 on tablets (on desktops Feedly is enough, sometimes I use Nextgen Reader windowed with Modernmix).
Haven't missed anything specific from Google Reader and took the opportunity to reduce Google products usage just to search.

"L" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387591)

I was mildly surprised to see this:

Re:"L" (1)

Gonoff (88518) | about 7 months ago | (#47387857)

It looks interesting but is it real or just a generic place holder for someones feed reader of choice?
That's assuming it's real. Where did you find this?

Re:"L" (1)

rfernand79 (643913) | about 7 months ago | (#47388019)

It says design mockup at the bottom.

facebook wall (0)

Kkloe (2751395) | about 7 months ago | (#47387599)

I have never used any RSS-program but I use my facebook wall like that of what I understood RSS is, just like the pages of site, like slashdot, wired, newspaper etc and it comes there, of course you going to miss things, as it can becomes quite alot if you have a active wall with friendfeeds combined with the ones of the pages

Re:facebook wall (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387937)

Wow, so there are two of us who never use RSS, and I don't use Facebook either.

Re: facebook wall (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388259)

You say that you have not experienced formally consuming all your news through an RSS consolidation service and reading them using a dedicated client.
And enter here to give the world your valuable opinion about it? Look.. it is not entirely wrong, but you know... it did not add too much value.
I have this friend who used to say... 'Experience is the only thing that you cannot improvise.'

I use my own reader (1)

Rhaban (987410) | about 7 months ago | (#47387603)

Following the end of Google reader, I built a custom web based replacement.
It uses drupal, with the feeds module to import the content, flags to tag it, ans custom views for display.
Dit works well for me, but as I stopped working on it it lacks essential features so I never opened it to anyone else (for exemple, there is no link to view all articles from a feed. When I need to, I change a 'new' to 'All' un thé URL.)

Re:I use my own reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387609)

Me too I build a custom but using Node.js/Express, I parse my self the feeds and present it using bootstrap template and I use MongoDB.

Re:I use my own reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387631)


Re:I use my own reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387741)

Nice work. :)

Re: I use my own reader (1)

aojensen (1503269) | about 7 months ago | (#47387853)

Would you be so kind to share the source? This sounds interesting.

Re:I use my own reader (1)

cedricbonhomme (3732805) | about 7 months ago | (#47387939)

Same here, I build my own reader in Python and MongoDB, some years ago fact. And now it is running on Heroku (but with a PostgreSQL) dabase: https://pyaggr3g470r.herokuapp... [herokuapp.com] . Quite simple, but I can manage more than 100,000 news with my local installation. And I am using Whoosh to index the content of the news.

I don't miss Google Reader. I use InoReader now. (4, Interesting)

guidryp (702488) | about 7 months ago | (#47387605)

InoReader lets me do all the same things I did with Reader, with the added bonus of not providing Google more user data.

Re:I don't miss Google Reader. I use InoReader now (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387637)

Agreed. Inoreader is a great replacement. I first jumped to The Old Reader, but that got overwhelmed and then they stopped taking new subscribers, and inoreader seems to have the required feature set that Google Reader had.

Re:I don't miss Google Reader. I use InoReader now (3, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#47387701)

InoReader lets me do all the same things I did with Reader, with the added bonus of not providing Google more user data.

If you're not using noscript or at least ghostery, the joke's on you. InoReader uses Google Analytics.

Re:I don't miss Google Reader. I use InoReader now (1)

guidryp (702488) | about 7 months ago | (#47387819)

I do use Noscript and Google Analytics (in my NS untrusted list) seems to be on most pages on the net.

I doubt running GA on a page gives Google the same level of information that they would have captured using Google Reader.

Re:I don't miss Google Reader. I use InoReader now (1)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 7 months ago | (#47387979)

I do use Noscript and Google Analytics (in my NS untrusted list) seems to be on most pages on the net.


I doubt running GA on a page gives Google the same level of information that they would have captured using Google Reader.

What do you think they were capturing there? I'd imagine it to be pretty much the same information. They just want to know what you're reading.

Re:I don't miss Google Reader. I use InoReader now (2, Informative)

zennling (950572) | about 7 months ago | (#47387851)

this. inoreader is a nice no frills replacement. i dont care about social integration - i just want my rss feed in an easily readible format.

iGoogle, anyone? (2)

demon driver (1046738) | about 7 months ago | (#47387617)

Never used Google Reader in the first place. At home, I've always been using a combination of other options to read feeds, mainly a self-written feed gatherer, and at work, where I used the now equally deceased iGoogle, I've simply switched to ighome.com.

The Old Reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387629)

My habits haven't changed a bit, even uses the same hotkeys.

'Social Media' and APIs more likely to kill feeds (3, Interesting)

QuasiSteve (2042606) | about 7 months ago | (#47387639)

Google Reader was merely the most popular 'client' app - its disappearance wouldn't spell the doom of feeds (RSS/atom/whatever), and here's why: practically all the major publishing apps have RSS functionality built-in.
Do you use Wordpress? You probably have an RSS feed whether you're aware of it or not.
Using phpBB? You probably have an RSS feed.
Started a subreddit? It comes with a bunch of feeds.

Now try to get an RSS feed for, say, https://twitter.com/slashdot [twitter.com] .
Or how about an RSS feed for https://www.facebook.com/slash... [facebook.com] ?

facebook still offers an RSS for timelines, but you'll have to get it first as it's keyed.
twitter doesn't offer an RSS at all, you'll just have to use the APIs (and you'll need to authenticate even if you only want public read access, so you'll have to register, too). And don't think about trying to offer an API-to-RSS bridge, Twitter doesn't take kindly to such awesomeness; http://tweet-2-rss.appspot.com... [appspot.com]

These 'social media' platforms of course want you to stay inside their boundaries. If you want to know what @Whoever is up to, you'll just have to view twitter or, better yet, 'Follow' that user and make sure you've got yourself logged in on as many devices as possible preferably with the official twitter apps.

So what happens when a company no longer regularly posts their news or blog posts via their regular content delivery, and instead takes to twitter / facebook? The feed dies out. Sure, it's still there, and maybe once in a blue moon some new content does pop up on there.. but for that same content and everything else you'd be interested in, you'll just have to check them out on facebook and/or twitter.

It's only when companies start realizing this shift - and, again, they might not even be fully aware that they're offering a feed in the first place - that they might try shutting it down for fear of not reaching the right viewership (in the way they want, including the possibility of deleting a post that they later regret).

At least feeds will remain as the premiere way to deliver podcasts (hacked on as they are) ... until some sort of social podcasting platform emerges as the de facto standard and requires you to use their website/proprietary apps.

Re: 'Social Media' and APIs more likely to kill fe (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388219)

"Google Reader was merely the most popular 'client' app"

Yeah, done people were dead focused in the client functionality just like you. Real RSS consumers only cared about the server features:

1. Administer and consolidate all your feeds (even Yahoo pipes) into a single place.
2. You connect with your preferred client (web, PC, mobile)
3. Read and sync back status
4. Connect from another client and it only shows unread articles

I don't read news/blog sites without an RSS Feed, much less I install apps for specific sites. It would be impossible to remember to visit all those websites or open all those apps.

And about those social sites..... they are toooooooo social. Too much noise and too little facts for my taste. Really, not interested in what you got for breakfast.

Returning to the apps...the GReader website and app were nice, but there was nice competition to select from. I never used them. I only used the backend.

Now that they suspended the backend service there are other alternatives. I use Feedly with Press in my Android devices, because the Feedly app looks like a freaking magazine. Too much candy and too little facts again. The content is sparse and it is difficult to keep track of what feeds I have visited and which one not. Hard to see number of unread articles per feed, hard to flag read on lyrics with lame headlines. Their app, just like all the magazine oriented apps like Pulse, Current, etc. are made for the same type of casual readers that social networks aim for. The audience is different, so the solution must be different.

I guess that I might look for an alternative to serious, dense, efficient news sources once RSS feeds dissappear, but looks that this is not happening yet. ;-)

Re:'Social Media' and APIs more likely to kill fee (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47389285)

In addition to Twitter not having/allowing RSS feeds of their streams, up until about a year ago, they actually offered their own RSS feeds. Then they decided to stop offering them. I thought I had read that there's some workaround if you have a Twitter account, but I never got around to signing up for a Twitter account, so instead I just don't read Twitter very often anymore. Although, it occurs to me that my RSS reader (Liferea [wikipedia.org] ) has an option for running a website through a local program before attempting to parse it as RSS, so I could probably write a parser for Twitter's normal web interface... I should look into that.

RSS gimmick (1)

zAPPzAPP (1207370) | about 7 months ago | (#47387651)

For me, RSS is the stuff to justify playing around with fancy desktop gadjets and mobile apps.Setting up the perfect desktop/homescreen with INFORMATION everywhere. So efficient!
Then never to be used, or read afterwards.

Re:RSS gimmick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387665)

I can't even imagine reading news (including Slashdot) without RSS.

I also don't use any RSS apps/gadgets, just my browser.

Re:RSS gimmick (1)

jones_supa (887896) | about 7 months ago | (#47387751)

I use Twitter for this purpose. A lot of news sites have their headlines integrated to it (including @slashdot [twitter.com] of course).

Re:RSS gimmick (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388629)

That might work for you but I have different needs. I'm still a 'desktop' kind of user so an online RSS service isn't nor never has been an issue for me. I use Liferea as my feed reader and along with Firefox those are the two applications that are always running no matter what I'm working on. As addicted as I am to Liferea I can see why some people got so flummoxed when Google pulled the plug on Reader.

Feedly was too instable... currently liking Digg (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387655)

I switched to Feedly but found it way too unstable. It would crash daily. I switched over to Digg and have been very happy with it.

Re: Feedly was too instable... currently liking Di (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387861)

Then you must be doing something wrong and/or have a device issue. Never had Feedly crash.

Re: Feedly was too instable... currently liking Di (1)

maroberts (15852) | about 7 months ago | (#47389753)

Never had it crash, but never had it update my feeds properly either

Tiny Tiny RSS (4, Interesting)

CastrTroy (595695) | about 7 months ago | (#47387657)

Switched to Tiny Tiny RSS [tt-rss.org] . Hosting it on a shared hosting (Dreamhost) which I was paying for anyway. It works great, and its nice having a solution that won't just disappear one day. Sure my web host could disappear, but I could always switch to another one.

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (1)

Balthisar (649688) | about 7 months ago | (#47387673)

Yup, Tiny Tiny RSS on my shared BlueHost account, with some mobile reader plugin I can't remember the name of (it looks mostly like mobile Google Reader looked).

Re: Tiny Tiny RSS (1)

extra88 (1003) | about 7 months ago | (#47387991)

G2ttrss-mobile maybe? That's the TTR theme I use on mobile.

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (4, Informative)

Mousit (646085) | about 7 months ago | (#47388343)

I did the same, TT-RSS on Dreamhost. I wanted something that could be used from any web browser, rather than needing an app, and didn't require external authentication. Basically, self-contained, the way Reader was. Feedly and the like just didn't meet those needs.

TT-RSS is so simple; most anyone comfortable enough to do self-hosting can set it up I'd think. Only issues I ever had compared to Reader were, at the beginning, it'd sometimes get temporarily banned on certain RSS feeds for excessive queries (probably numerous users all set up on DH so it was seeing that, as I only query once every four hours). Ironically this happened almost exclusively on Feedburner links (which Slashdot uses), which is owned by Google, so it sometimes felt like Google was really trying to kill RSS. :P That went away after a short time though, probably as Feedburner marked Dreamhost IPs as shared hosting and exempted from the query limits.

Also occasionally Dreamhost's database server can be rather slow (making the whole application slow), but that doesn't happen very often. And you sort of expect it with cheap shared hosting, anyway.

It certainly works plenty well enough, and since I already had the DH account for other purposes, adding TT-RSS was effectively free.

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388597)

I went with FreshRSS [freshrss.org] on one of my shared hosting accounts for pretty much the same reasons.
They have a working demo on the site.

Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (1, Interesting)

kbahey (102895) | about 7 months ago | (#47389635)

Another Tiny Tiny RSS user here. I run it on the home server, and never looked back.

Another Feedly user (5, Informative)

Geeky (90998) | about 7 months ago | (#47387659)

I'm happy with the way it works, for the most part. Bit of a shame it has to use external authentication, but I use a secondary account for that anyway. The fact that some features are pay to use is a bit irritating, and I haven't yet decided whether they're worth it. I am willing to pay for services that provide value for me - they're a business, and I understand their need to make money to provide the service - but there isn't much compelling in the pro feature set for me. Possibly Evernote integration, but it's not that much hassle to click through to the website and clip it from there.

Bottom line, though, is that it's better to be a paying customer - at least you know the business has a vested interest in the product. Same with Evernote vs. free options. They make their money from users who get value from their products.

I was also reasonably impressed with Feedly's transparency over the recent DDOS attacks they (and Evernote) suffered.

Re:Another Feedly user (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 7 months ago | (#47388699)

Bottom line, though, is that it's better to be a paying customer - at least you know the business has a vested interest in the product. Same with Evernote vs. free options. They make their money from users who get value from their products.

+1 truth. it goes back to the old saying, if you're not the customer then you're the product. even though i'm a feedly free user, the fact that they offer a paid option means they are continuously investing in their platform, both in features and in stability, and they see some long-term value from continuing. same for pandora, nytimes, hbogo, amazon prime, netflix, iTunes, evernote, others.

Still use RSS, going to build a new reader (1)

Morpf (2683099) | about 7 months ago | (#47387663)

I don't have the time to go to every news page and look through if something new and important was written. So I still use RSS. I want the information come to me, not to chase it.

My project is in a really early state (no customer - problem fit) as I haven't had the time to invest lately. Feel free to drop me a mail (next-reader@gmx.net) If you want to get updates or want to help me find out what current "problems" with readers and information acquiring in general you have. :) *sorry for slashvertising*

NewsFox (1)

shallot (172865) | about 7 months ago | (#47387667)

This Firefox add-on continues to work just fine for me, and I'm practically unaffected if someone tries to kill it. It has three panes so it looks like a mail client, which is a simple and straightforward way of navigating and reading the bulk of RSS content.

Re:NewsFox (1)

Balthisar (649688) | about 7 months ago | (#47387679)

NewsFox was my absolute favorite! Then I moved away from FireFox to Chrome, and there was nothing nearly as good as NewFox.

The nice thing about moving to Chrome was forcing myself to use Google Reader. At first I rather hated Google Reader, but with a Chrome extension and some themes, I got it to finally work more or less like NewsFox.

These days I'm using Tiny Tiny RSS.

Do it yourself (1)

Miletos (1289588) | about 7 months ago | (#47387683)

I never really trust companies with my daily needs. The dependency is stressful and unpractical, so I try to avoid it whenever possible.

For feeds I use Tiny Tiny RSS [tt-rss.org] these days, hosted on a VPS with some other daily stuff (mail, calendar, notes). The application is a lot slicker than the website would suggest. I highly recommend it.

Since RSS seems to take a back seat in modern web development (FOLLOW US ON TWITTER!), I also do some screen scraping in PHP [w3schools.com] to create my own feeds for sites that don't (properly) support it.

Re:Do it yourself (1)

Noah Haders (3621429) | about 7 months ago | (#47388709)

I never really trust companies with my daily needs. The dependency is stressful and unpractical, so I try to avoid it whenever possible.

dude, you're a real stress ball if the uncertainty from an RSS feed can push you over the top. get a massage!

Re:Do it yourself (1)

Miletos (1289588) | about 7 months ago | (#47388901)

About a quarter of my income comes from trading stock and art. For this I often need to be in front of the line to get good deals. RSS feeds make this possible. This is also why I went through the effort to hack together some screen scrapers. RSS feeds are used by many as a professional tool. Day traders, eBay users, journalists...all sorts of people who need some sort of scoop in order to make money.

The Old Reader (2, Insightful)

jrq (119773) | about 7 months ago | (#47387685)

The Old Reader (http://theoldreader.com/ [theoldreader.com] ) works pretty well for me. Not quite as sophisticated or instantly speedy as Google was, and it can take a few more minutes to be up-to-date, but free and you can import your feeds, which you had already exported from Google Reader, right?

Re:The Old Reader (1)

Threni (635302) | about 7 months ago | (#47388677)

That has a limit on the number of feeds (or "subscriptions" as it quaintly refers to them) you can use on the free version, though.

Nope (2)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | about 7 months ago | (#47387693)

I went to g2reader and didn't miss a beat.

CommaFeed (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387719)

I tried practically every alternative out there after Reader was closed, and I eventually settled on CommaFeed. It's pretty close to what Reader was, it's actively developed and it's open source. You can even host it yourself if you prefer. Some of the alternatives are good, but they all seemed to lack something or other. One feature I particularly wanted was good usability on both the desktop and mobile (which CommaFeed achieves). I'm pretty happy with it.

Farewell RSS (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387771)

Tried Feedly for several months but the persistent crashes on Android were too much. Sort of replaced by increased twitter usage and flipboard.

Nope (1)

boristhespider (1678416) | about 7 months ago | (#47387783)

Swapped to Feedly and kept going as before.

Tiny Tiny (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387833)

Reader is my ideal solution and replacement.

ownCloud (5, Interesting)

hgriggs (33207) | about 7 months ago | (#47387845)

I made a smooth and easy transition from Google Reader to Feedly, and that worked well. It's a very efficient way of getting through my news and blogs. Then I discovered that ownCloud (http://owncloud.org) has a built in RSS feeder. I use ownCloud on my Linode to provide a Dropbox like environment, plus my own Calendar and Contacts for my iPhone and iPad, plus bookmarks. I am currently working on replacing Evernote with ownCloud.

I already had a cloud installation with Linode, and I just added ownCloud to it. Then I started discovering all the extra stuff it can do. The RSS Feeder was a wonderful discovery. I lose the economy of scale that Feedly provides, but it works more closely to my mental model, and some of the formatting is nicer than Feedly. I've been using it for several months now, and totally love it. It's not for everyone, given the requirements (you have to set up your own webserver, then set up the ownCloud services), but the benefits are enormous. And I get a little more privacy, just me and Linode and the NSA.

Newsblur (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387873)

I gotta say I tried all the suggestions after GR died. Feedly and The Old Reader were among the top recommended but still fell short in one area or another. Then I found Newsblur which does basically everything I could want, and the android app is great too.

Re:Newsblur (1)

Octorian (14086) | about 7 months ago | (#47388147)

I've been quite happy with NewsBlur as well. The only area it falls short for me, is that it doesn't update its feeds anywhere near as quickly as Google Reader did. Some are worse than others, too.

So for the usual stuff, its mostly fine. But whenever a blog announces some livestream event, the post doesn't appear until an hour after its over.

Sort of (1)

Gonoff (88518) | about 7 months ago | (#47387909)

The thing that was seriously useful was Google Listen that took podcasts from Reader. I have found nothing that does podcasts as well as Listen did.
I currently use Pocket Casts and it is adequate.

I tried Feedly but found it very demanding. If I left it, I would be told about the number of new things and it was just too much hassle. I will probably go back from time to time and clear the huge amount of "new" items and see how it goes for a while.

Dropping Reader was not a great thing for us "users" out here but I'm sure it made sense to someone at Google. However, I have No Agenda...

fever (1)

toole (325775) | about 7 months ago | (#47387921)

I learned my lesson and realized I had to roll my own so I am now using fever and it works just fine. I also realized it was rather foolish to trust google for any services they provide and have begun the tedious process of divesting / replacing [ google voice was the among the first to go ].

NewsBlur (1)

GeorgeK (642310) | about 7 months ago | (#47387927)

I thought I would miss Google Reader, but NewsBlur (see http://newsblur.com/ [newsblur.com] ) has been a great replacement, and has actually improved my workflow.

Re:NewsBlur (1)

mcubed (556032) | about 7 months ago | (#47389577)

Same here. NewsBlur works well for me and has improved in the year since I made the switch. I even subscribed, not so much to get the extra features as to support the developer/development.

I've read articles here and there saying that the death of Google Reader had an impact on the blogosphere and I'm sure it must have, but I can't say that it has had any impact on the feeds I subscribe to. Almost all of them as as active as they ever were. I don't know if this is quite the right approach, but I tend to view the blog feed subscription as the primary method by which I stay to connected to the source, and Facebook/Twitter as secondary methods I sometimes use depending upon the source. For some types of media, Facebook and/or Twitter (especially the latter) can be effective supplementary channels, but for most of the feeds I ever used an RSS reader to follow, neither of those are a good replacement. I've only unsubbed from a feed and stayed connected on either FB or Twitter if I've lost interest in the feed.

ighome.com (1)

citizenr (871508) | about 7 months ago | (#47387929)

Never user Google reader, but I had pretty big iGoogle homepage set up with ~12 RSS feeds.
Swapped to ighome.com and never looked back.

Re: ighome.com (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388575)

I use ighome. It is awesome. Don't miss Google Reader at all anymore.

android rss reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47387951)


Roll your own with TT-RSS (3, Insightful)

ppz003 (797487) | about 7 months ago | (#47388009)

GReader shutting down is what lead me to try out Tiny Tiny RSS [tt-rss.org] .

If you are already running a webserver for something else, it is pretty easy to set up your own personal RSS reader.

Don't miss it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388061)

I had stopped using Google Reader (and RSS in general) about a year or so before Google killed reader. Hell, blame me for it getting killed. I found that I really only wanted info from about 8 sites and it wasn't that hard to just go check them. With RSS I tended to add subscriptions to too many things and then just the act of marking them all read (let alone actually reading them) was wasting too much time on crap.

Netvibes (1)

ebh (116526) | about 7 months ago | (#47388125)

Netvibes has been a nice drop-in replacement for me.

$5 per month that Google would not take (1)

OnTheEdge (136784) | about 7 months ago | (#47388185)

I've been mostly pleased with Feedly and I even pay them the $5 per month that I and thousands of other's offered to pay Google to keep Reader alive. My motivation is split between an appreciation for a smooth migration of my feeds and decent product and, honestly, partly out of spite that Google would not take my money. Assuming the 24K number is correct and all of those users are on the same plan (do they have more than one plan?), that represents nearly $1.5 million dollars per year, if my math is correct. It still puzzles me why Google wouldn't accept this direct funding and keep Reader going.

Wrote my own reader (1)

sootman (158191) | about 7 months ago | (#47388249)

I know some PHP so I wrote a reader that lives on my own server. It's very simple but it does exactly what I want it to. It has a problem with character encodings -- lots of things (curly quotes, em- and en-dashes) come in as '?'s -- but other than that, it's fine. Works for me.

still miss google reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 7 months ago | (#47388253)

GR was one of my favourite web apps. Since its demise I have switched two to alternatives. On Windows at the office I find RSS Owl generally works really well. A little laggy from time to time (I have about 50 feeds) but it mostly works. On *nix I have recently started using Newsbeuter (fuckin' awful name). Configuration is done simply by adding feed URL's to a text file. Pretty bare-bones, gets cranky when attempting to open two instances at the same time, and seems to crash randomly. I dig it but would be happy with a different comand-line alternative.

Love rss (1)

Chewbacon (797801) | about 7 months ago | (#47388305)

Article titles without the crap. I use Bazqux with Feedler on ios. Works great, however feature development seems a little stale. Couldn't completely import my Google takeout, specifically starred articles. There was a fix said to be coming, so I subscribed $$ but it never did.

Paying to free user ratio (1)

advantis (622471) | about 7 months ago | (#47388319)

While everybody else is busy missing the point and showing off their favourite alternatives (I'm happy with Feedly BTW), there's a different data point I took out of TFS:

15 million users and 24,000 paying customers

That section alone is what interests me: the ratio of paying customers to total users. That's because I'm green enough in the field of business that I have no clue at all about these things, not even as anecdotes.

I don't usually read BI (because my perception of them is that they're BS, even though I don't have enough data points to support my perception), but this one made for an interesting article. From the article I got this other data point: If all 24,000 customers pay at least $45 per year, that means Feedly and its 12 employees are generating more than $1 million per year. and the fact that they were pushed near profitability. Nowhere does it say they are actually profitable. It's a good read for anybody who thinks of starting anything up and want their motivation, hopes and dreams crushed by hard reality numbers :)

www.commafeed.com (0)

Bevilr (1258638) | about 7 months ago | (#47388393)

I read this article on commafeed, which is the I switched to after overly complicated and disconcerting experiences on feedly and the oldreader. If anyone is simply looking for a perfect copy with no new/added functionality beyond what reader had, I think commafeed is the best, but I only use it on my desktop, so that's all I can speak to.

Happy with NewsBlur (1)

RyoShin (610051) | about 7 months ago | (#47388401)

I originally went to Netvibes, which tries to offer RSS as some sort of secondary service to some business analytics aggregation or something (I never fully understood.) But sometime around the beginning of the year they did a moderate layout change and then completely ignored the vast number of user complaints (a help thread, with almost 200 comments when most had 3, was marked "completed" with no change or solid comment from staff). It introduced a ton of useless whitespace and, most importantly for me, broke their Mosaic view, which was great for images and the primary reason I chose them after Reader's shut down.

Once they proved they didn't care about user interaction and had to have their vision, I jumped ship along with a ton of others (HINT HINT BETA). I now use NewsBlur and am fairly happy with it. Their free service is pretty limited, but I found it useful enough to be worth the $2/mo for a subscription once I changed the settings to get rid of all their Web 2.0 stuff. I miss having "pages" to allow for larger grouping and any kind of image-oriented feed option, but I have a lot more flexibility in how I view things (and I can sort by time descending, something NetVibes was never able to do!)

readers (1)

ted leaf (2960563) | about 7 months ago | (#47388571)

was using android app rssdemon before google reader,am still using after google reader. never used google reader once. dont miss it. still wondering what all the fuss was about. i like mine as titled.realy SIMPLE syndication

Feedly improvements... (1)

oneiron (716313) | about 7 months ago | (#47388661)

My news reading habits are exactly the same as they used to be, but the recent feedly improvements have smoothed out the experience for me. While it wasn't as good as google reader when I first made the switch, there were a ton of improvements that have made it better than google reader was for my purposes.

It Got Me Into RSS (1)

ButchDeLoria (2772751) | about 7 months ago | (#47388843)

I manually got my news by actually looking at sites before. The death of Google Reader and subsequent shilling by competitors made me decide on using Feedly, and since then I can't live without an RSS feed.

My life changed for the worse (1)

themusicgod1 (241799) | about 7 months ago | (#47389309)

1) I took all the feeds (>4000) out of google reader, and bookmarked them
2) Since then I've been slowly merging my bookmarks into a sqlite database, which I then pull from daily.
It's possible that feedly or some other online service might be able to help me...but after Reader shut down I've become pretty paranoid about using online services for those sorts of things; I'd rather have something that runs local(and my computer for the past year has not been capable of running pretty much anything else...ram has been at a premium). Also it's coloured my perception of Google itself: that was really the turning point between "using google services if they add value to my life/make life easier" and "PRISM-breaking my life, including a departure from any contact point with google I can live without without *too* much discomfort"
It took me 8 months to get everything to the point where it could be reached again and I've been trying to find a life balance that works ever since. I've really struggled -- google made it easy to get just the right amount of information about the world, every day. Generally if I read *all* of my RSS feeds for a day, I was bored or something else was wrong. Now there's really no boundary between "too much" and what I read daily. Consequently...sure I read ~95 feeds/day...but that's way too much time for what value it adds to my life.
So tl; dr I'm paranoid, ignorant and constantly busy now that I do a fraction of what I used to do with reader, only by hand.

RSS to email (Blogtrottr) (1)

macmouse (525453) | about 7 months ago | (#47389367)

Blogtrottr https://blogtrottr.com/ [blogtrottr.com]

-Email is accessible on all my devices, don't need to install yet another app and don't have to worry about compatibility issues because email is already everywhere.
-They do real-time feeds, which allows me to get get service outage notifications that are only available via RSS to the work pager address *cough* salesforce*cough*
-I can give different sites different priorities. Some sites I read every day, others I only want to check once a week.
Most readers are purely chronological, so I'm forced to ready everything all the time.
-I can delete what I've read, so I don't have to keep stumbling over the same thing and I can easily save what I want forever.
-My email provider [Fastmail.fm] has an option to automatically delete emails in folders after so many days, which keeps things from getting out of hand.
-They support half-day and daily digests (in addition to realtime), so I am only getting sidetracked reading slashdot once a day without having to worry about missing something.
-Did I mention it's free?

Only thing that's changed... (1)

Anubis IV (1279820) | about 7 months ago | (#47389495)

The only thing that's changed is that I've made a point of getting away from free services and moving over to for-pay services with revenue streams that I understand, since I know they won't disappear in a year or two when they fail to successfully monetize their users or decide it's not worth it any more. Plus, I know how they're monetizing me: I'm putting cash directly into their pockets, without any of the funny business involving targeted ads, opting me in to stuff against my wishes, or selling my data to other companies.

Feedbin is the RSS reader to use. I tried Feedly, but it didn't allow .opml exports of feeds, and the last thing I wanted to do was lock myself into a new service right after leaving the last one. Feedbin is snappy, regularly updated with nice enhancements, and can be accessed from a number of clients. Absolutely love it, and the price is pretty good too.

I also switched from Gmail to FastMail. Again, it's a case of knowing where the money is coming from and getting more control over how my data is being used as a result. It's been a great change so far, and I've had far less issues using it once I got it all set up.

Own goal for Google (1)

artbristol (904315) | about 7 months ago | (#47389525)

Google Reader was the only reason to be logged in to Google on my normal browser (like a lot of people, I use a separate browser for Gmail, Facebook, and the other companies that exist to track your browsing habits) Now I use tt-rss, and Google have no idea which links I click any more.
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