Closing Google Reader: 5 alternatives

by bold-lichterman

Feedly, Digg Reader, AOL Reader… which RSS feed aggregator can Google Reader users turn to?

Google must permanently close its RSS feed aggregator Google reader. Launched in 2005, its last major update dates back to 2011, when it was integrated into the Google+ social network. Today, competing with social networks and having no economic model, the service suffers from the “spring cleaning” announced by the Mountain View firm last March, which also affects Google Voice App for BlackBerry and Google Cloud Connect .

Google Reader users, upset since the announcement of its closure, will have to find alternatives. Via Google Takeout, they can export their feeds to the service of their choice, until July 15. Here is a selection of 5 RSS feed aggregators that can replace Google Reader:

  • Feedly, a service that evokes the “magazine” style of Flipboard. Its advantages: in addition to keyboard shortcuts and the ability to tag content, Feedly offers great apps for iPhone, iPad and Android. It also allows you to organize your RSS feeds by folders, and to customize their appearance (mosaic, timeline, etc.).


  • NewsBlur is not as good looking as Feedly, but offers a feed update every minute, which is much faster than Google Reader. Its intelligent classification system allows NewsBlur prioritize certain items according to the user’s profile. An interesting alternative for heavy consumers of RSS feeds, willing to pay 1.5 euros per month to follow 64 feeds or more.


  • NetNewsWire, for Mac users only, does not work in the cloud but from the computer. Its latest version, NetNewsWire 4, is faster, and allows you to keep multiple article tabs open. A version for iOS should soon be released.


  • Digg Reader is another alternative to Google Reader, with a social configuration that offers its users a real-time overview of the topics that animate the web the most. Its indicators keep Internet users up to date on the hottest topics on the Digg community site.


  • AOL Reader, launched last June 24 in beta version, has a very minimalist design and offers a very fast update of the feeds. Native apps for iOS and Android are planned. Its interface, very similar to that of Google Reader, should appeal to those nostalgic for the service.

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