15 April 2013

Goodbye Google Reader Part II

We talked last week about the inevitable demise of Google Reader.  It's a bummer, really, but all change is an opportunity to improve.

Let's look today at some alternatives to Google Reader, so we're ready for the big switch.

In a nutshell, I have several priorities for a new RSS reader. Read about them in depth here.
1. Search capability
2. Show me unread items only
3. Mark as Unread option
4. Clean + Uncluttered interface

I've done a little bit of research (which is totally not my thing; I'd rather wing it), and here are the options I've narrowed my search to:


Features I like:
+ It has a clean and uncluttered interface.
+ There's an app.
+ It connected with my Google Reader in a snap. No really it was totally a snap.

Features I don't love:
+ I had to download something in order to begin
+ Can I search my feeds? Can't find a search function for my feeds, just for new content I might be interested in. 


Features I like:
+ I'm already signed up
+ It has a clean and uncluttered interface.

Features I don't love:
+ Because the blog author has to join Bloglovin' for their blog to show up on it, I fear that some of my favorite blogs won't be available on it

The Old Reader

Features I like:
+ It looks and functions a lot like Google Reader. If it ain't broke, don't fix it - right?
+ You can import your Google Reader feeds

Features I don't love:
+ It's brand-spankin' new, which means there could be bugs
+ They don't have an app yet, but they're working on one (have been since October 2012 yowsa)

After doing a fair amount of browsing, I think I'm going to give The Old Reader a try.  I'll keep my Bloglovin' feed up and running, but since I am so accustomed to the Google Reader's way of doing things, and I don't want to lose any of my feeds, it seems like the best choice for me right now.  

Also, in case your interested in another in-depth discussion of RSS readers post-Google Reader, you can check out this article on LifeHacker, a resource I refer to as often as I have a tech question. They're good peeps.

What are YOU going to do post-Google Reader? Are there great resources I'm missing?  I'd love to hear your thoughts!

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1 comment:

  1. I started blogging right when the news came out about Google Reader, so I just hopped on BlogLovin' and went with it. I am really liking it, but I don't really know anything else.
    So far I haven't found many blogs that aren't on it, so that's nice!


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