Top 5 Google Reader alternatives


Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today to mourn the unexpected passing of our friend the Google Reader. May it rest in internet heaven (if there is such a place). It will surely be missed, but the world is fast and we direly need to move on. Sorry to leave the funeral early, but there is no three-month rule nor mourning period when it comes to our daily digest. So here are top 5 Web alternatives for your RSS needs: Feedly Speed2Feedly Feedly is the most popular successor to the RSS throne. It has a clean interface and works like a prettier Google Reader. It has been an old favorite because of its interesting content, social media tools, and the wide array of layout choices. It’s like the Google Reader with a walk-in closet of layouts: from headlines-only, full articles, and tiles to pretty images. Feedly is what you need-ly if you don’t want to get bored. Newsblur Newsblur is another popular bet. You ditch the RSS feed style and read the content in its original view (or how it’s seen from the source).  Or get rid of all decorations in a no nonsense text-only form. You can also hide the stories you don’t like; that also trains the site to curate your content.  What makes it unique is, you can share stories with friends outside Newsblur or save them for future reading in your own “blurblog.” Try saying that many times over. Pulse It’s a stylish reader with a tiled interface that’s so cute like that, you can’t get yourself to choose one article to read. takes its name from “getting your pulse” as it lifts your interesting stories to the top. It has a syncing service, so you can browse on a desktop and pick up your reading on a train when you leave home. Netvibes Netvibes is the only reader in this top 5 list with a dashboard–or in any list, they say they’re the only one. The dashboard is for all your widgets, pictures, and tweets. The dashboard control gives you a sort of personalized homepage to view your feed. Netvibes doesn’t have an app, but it makes up for it via its mobile site where you can read but not edit. The Old Reader Just when we’re moving on, along comes something that looks and feels like the old Google Reader. That is actually why they called it The Old Reader. It’s made by people who miss the original and decided to make one just like it. You can log in via your Google account. This, though, is just starting out. No apps yet, and Facebook is the only social network option. It’s still bare and banking mostly on nostalgia. But it’ll get there soon. Try these alternatives now and subscribe to Speed website’s RSS feed. Words Elaine Cotoner