Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Alternatives to Google Reader (Update)

This is an update for this blog post.

I have narrowed my choices down to three RSS readers:  Feedly, Bloglovin, and The Old Reader.


A number of people have mentioned Bloglovin.  I like it, but I can't say I love it.  For one thing, the main page shows truncated posts in boxes.  If you click on a box, it will open the website in a new tab with a menu bar at the top allowing you to go to other posts in your feed.  Now, this is great for blog authors as it will drive up their numbers.  But for blog readers, it's slower than reading on Google Reader.


Feedly, so far, is my favorite.  Unlike Bloglovin, not only will it import your subscriptions, but it will also keep your folders/categories.  I believe it will also keep your "starred" posts.  Best of all, it has an iPhone/iPad app.  The app is a little tricky to use, but not impossible.

The Old Reader

The Old Reader is supposed to be a LOT like the old Google Reader (before they did a reno on it).  You have to export your data from Google Reader using Google Takeout and then import the subscriptions.xml file to The Old Reader.  Right now, it says, "There are 33370 users in the import queue ahead of you."  I don't know how long of a wait that means, but it looks like it'll be a while before I can fully test out this site.

Needless to say, NetVibes did not make the cut.

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