Adios, Google Reader! The 7 Best Alternatives

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Google Reader bit the dust last week, and so far the world hasn't imploded! Have you found a suitable replacement for reading your favorite blogs and sites? As it turns out, there are a lot of exceptional alternatives to Google's popular RSS subscription aggregating tool. Chances are, a good portion of your readers use one of these apps/sites to follow your blog posts. Brands also use subscription sites to keep track of bloggers they're interested in (or are currently) working with. Whether you've yet to find a Reader replacement, aren't satisfied with the one you've found or don't “do the Google Reader thing,” it's important to know how your readers are consuming what you're putting out there. Here are seven of the most popular alternatives to Google Reader:

Feedly

Feedly is far and away the most popular replacement for Google Reader. The web-based service has an app for your iPhone/iPad or Android as well, and is fairly simple to use. If you were lucky enough to export all of your feeds out of Google Reader before it closed on July 1st, then it's just a one-click import into Feedly to enjoy all of your favorite blogs and sites there. I chose Feedly because it was so easy to import my subscriptions from Google Reader. You can share to your Twitter, Facebook and Pinterest friends and also include feeds within Feedly for Twitter and FB.

The Old Reader

The team behind The Old Reader built it simply because they missed the old Google Reader. Web-based only but with several supporting apps, The Old Reader lets you connect with your Facebook friends in the site and leave notes or comments along with the articles you're reading and sharing.

NetNewsWire

NetNewsWire is a very straightforward Apple-only software; its interface reminds me a lot of the Apple Mail desktop email viewer. You can search through your feeds for specific articles; enjoy distraction-free browsing; and share to Twitter, Facebook and Instapaper.

Digg Reader

DiggReader is still in beta, but for those of you who are Digg diehards, this is an easy choice and functions pretty much how your Google Reader did. See what's trending and popular in your subscriptions, and integrate with Digg or share to Instapaper.

NewsVibe

NewsVibe is your no-frills, no-gimmicks subscription reader. If you want something simple that just allows you to read your subscriptions (no social sharing, no advertisements,) then this web-based service is for you.

NewsBlur

While NewsVibe is no-frills, NewsBlur is all-frills – good ones, though. There's real-time RSS, so you won't see a lag in the latest articles from your fave blogs. You can read articles in their original context (meaning, your readers can see how your post looks on your blog rather than in the reader's native font and formatting,) sort and hide your article tags, and make certain articles public on your BlurBlog feed.

BlogLovin

BlogLovin has been the perennial favorite subscription service for fashion bloggers. It's limited to blogs, but has an awesome interface and makes it easy to discover new blogs to follow. You can use the service on your desktop computer, iOS or Android device. Here's an IFB post to help you get situated in BlogLovin.

Are you using any of these Google Reader alternatives – or others? What do you like or not like about them?

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  1. Ashley "Ashe" Robison

    I’ve been using Feedly for the last few months, and it’s been a damned fine little replacement. I enjoy that I can choose what view to read my blogs in (full post for me), and that I can customize the site colors. My only complaint has been that, since logging in recently, that it makes me select my gmail account and loses a few of my view preferences. Luckily, I haven’t had to do it so often it’s a problem!

    Otherwise, I appreciate that the functionality can be personalized very close to Google Reader (and I can keep what I liked best about it)!

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  2. Nancy

    I’ve been using bloglovin since google reader shut down. Does anyone know why google reader shut down? I was pretty sad about it, but I actually prefer bloglovin now. The iPhone app for it is great and I like the online version because I still view the post like the original site, and it’s easy to comment.

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    • Paula

      I think Google+ replaced it – it’s like Facebook but you have four categories – I put all my bloggers into “Following” and then they’re posts come up on my “wall”. Bloglovins great as well though.

      ♥ Paula Shoe Fiend.
      http://shoe-fiend.blogspot.co.nz/

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  3. Jummy

    Feedly rocks my socks…I’m glad I switched over before Google Reader closed its doors…I like the chrome extension and the little Feedly tab it has…trying to figure out how to get that on my other computers.

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  4. dacy

    I second all the recommendations for Feedly, I switched over before the demise happened, and (gasp) I like it much better than Reader! The interface is just so much more aesthetically pleasing…

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  5. Julianne

    I’m slowly getting used to Feedly, though it annoys me that the Android app won’t allow you to keep items unread. I have to add them to the save for later list (which also has all my starred items from Google Reader, so not ideal). I also tried Bloglovin’, but when I imported my feeds it converted the comment feeds for my blogs into post feeds.

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  6. Erin

    I co-founded Canopi.com. We’re a place to easily discover and follow new blogs! That being said, we also have a google reader replacement but we do have the feature. You can add any blog from across the web. Also like Spotify you can follow your friends blog list as well as others. Hope you enjoy it!

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  7. Justine

    Thanks for this article. I had no idea the Google Reader is no longer with us. I will be signing up for Feedly right now.

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  8. Sianna

    Hmm I don’t see any change at my blogger news page – I can still see new posts from the blogs I follow on my feed and I can still keep track by google and blogger. Can anyoen explain?

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