No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch

rss feed iconGoogle doesn’t care – it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1 and we all have to leave. It’s the digital equivalent of bringing up the house lights when the rock concert is over.  via There Is No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch.

See And the winner is…for alternatives. Have you made a decision about which feedreader service you will be using?

20 thoughts on “No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch

  1. With the old Google Reader, I managed to set up the RSS widget in my WordPress.com blog’s sidebar to show the ten latest postings of the blogs I subscribed to. This list updated itself dynamically, and showed the first title, first paragraph and author of any new postings on those blogs. I was a bit of a work-round, and while not as smooth as the Blogger dynamic blogrolls, it worked well enough for my purposes.

    However, since Google Reader disappeared, I haven’t been able to replicate this functionality on my blog. I have started a Feedly account, but can’t figure out how to get the WordPress RSS widget to work with the Feedly data to show in the same dynamic way as I had previously done with Google Reader.

      • Thanks for that. But does this mean I have to have a separate feed widget for each blog I want in my list? In which case they won’t automatically rearrange based on latest posting, will they?

        That is different from the way I used to have them all come from just one RSS feed URL from Google Reader. Feedly doesn’t seem to have a feed URL (or not that I can find anyway) that I can drop into the widget like Google reader did.

        • Yes it means each feed URL must be entered into a different RSS widget. There is no widget here at WordPress.com that does what you describe.

          • Odd, because there must’ve been that functionality previously, because it used to work on my WordPress blog with my Google Reader feed.

            No problem … it was just a preference for me, but not startlingly important.

          • Aha, got it! I found a reader called InoReader. It allows you to group your subscribed blogs into a public folder, then gives you the RSS feed URL for that folder. I then just dropped that URL into the RSS widget on my WordPress blog, and hey presto, a dynamic blogroll! You can see it at the bottom of the sidebar in my blog here: http://arteis.wordpress.com/

          • I’m so happy to know you were able to accomplish this. I’m sure other bloggers would love to know about the InoReader too. Today I will check it out and then publish a brief post so my readers are aware of it. Thanks so much for returning and letting us know how you resolved this.

  2. Thanks for the link. I switched with Feedly as soon as they said Google Reader was dead. I don’t really understand this policy to create and then shut down services that million of users rely on every day! It will become more and more difficult to dedicate time to create something with some virtual provider if we cannot have any guarantee they will last for a long period even when people are using them!

    Btw, Feedly is fine, I switched without any problem weeks ago and the apps for iPhone and iPad work very well. In the article they say 50 million of people rely on RSS, so why Google did that? Maybe because they want to push everybody to use their G+, but I prefer RSS readers than social networks and I hope they won’t push everybody to use social networks only in the future!

    • Hi David,
      The big guys that purchase the little guys and then close down the service provided are irksome. It’s a never ending big fish eats little fish scenario that leaves those using the service in a quandary. I do agree that Google is trying to steer people towards Google plus but like you I prefer using a feedreader.

  3. I’m a bit confused here (easily done). I thought the RSS thingy came with the web browers so if Google are turning it off does this mean I can’t bookmark web sites or follow blogs without subscribing to endless emails?

    • It means either you get endless email or you have to find another feedreader service. Feedly seems to be a popular choice but there are others.

  4. When they made the announcement back in May I searched for alternatives. I found feedly and have been using it now for about the last 6 weeks. It’s not google reader, but it is serving my needs just fine.

  5. I am very muddled about readers TiTi, do some do things that others don’t? Is the WordPress one a google one? I have only just started trying to use them and I am baffled a bit. Do you think the best thing is just to set up an account with the winner and try and figure it out? Probably. Thanks for the link here, I will give it a go x

    • Each feedreader does have different features. The WordPress.com one is for in-house use by WordPress.com bloggers only; it’s not the Google reader. If the WordPress.com Reader is meeting your needs then why bother setting up another service? Stick with what’s working for you.

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