Google has decided to shutter its Google Reader service this summer, killing an RSS reader tool used by thousands of bloggers (including this AppNewser editor).
If you need a new RSS reader, we’ve collected five alternatives to Google Reader below. Here’s more from Google about the change:
We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too. There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience. To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.
5 Alternatives to Google Reader
1. Feedly: “A fast and stylish way to read and share the content of your favorite sites. Stay current. Get Inspired. Feed your mind.”
2. The Old Reader: “the ultimate social RSS reader. It’s just like the old google reader, only better.”
3. NewsBlur: “Stories are pushed directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in. Read the content in context, the way it was meant to be seen … Share stories on your public blurblog.”
4. Taptu: “Instant access to all your interests in one beautiful little app. DJ your news.”
5. Mashable suggests a more complicated but long-lasting solution: “Another alternative for more savvy users is to build your own RSS sync backend. This is where a service such as Fever has a big advantage over others. It’s self-hosted, meaning that as long as you can provide a place for the software to be installed, it will run and continue to work.”
UPDATE: Digg plans to build a new tool as well: “We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting. Don’t get us wrong: we don’t expect this to be a trivial undertaking. But we’re confident we can cook up a worthy successor.”
We discussed these tools on the Morning Media Menu today. Press play below to listen on SoundCloud…