Friday, March 15, 2013

Alternatives to Google Reader

For an update to this post, go here.

I just found out a couple of days ago that Google Reader is going to be retired on July 1, 2013.  I was pretty upset about that since I have been using Google Reader for over five years.

I immediately began looking for an alternative.  So far, I have looked at two: One is Newsblur, and the other is Netvibes.

I looked at Newsblur first, and I liked how easy it was to import my subscriptions from Google Reader.  However, you can only read 12 subscriptions with the free service.  To read an unlimited number of subscriptions, the annual rate is $25.  I decided not to go with them since I read well over 12 subscriptions (204 as of this writing).

I am now trying Netvibes.  The process to import my subscriptions was a little more tricky, but not horribly difficult.  First, you have to export the info from Google Reader using their Google Takeout service.  Then, you download the zip file.  Finally you upload the XML file to Netvibes.  The one bad thing is that it treated ALL of the posts as unread, so it looked like I had over 7,000 unread posts (instead of 80 which Google Reader said).  I was able to select all and mark as unread.  I did have to do that a couple of times for it to take effect.  I have not yet used it to actually read posts.

I will update this blog as I determine if I will keep Netvibes or go with another service.

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