Many of the options that were available at the time that Google made the announcement earlier this year were less than adequate or just downright clunky. In the few months since the announcement, however, many have stepped up to the plate. What’s your replacement?
Probably the most compelling and ready-to-rock option is Feedly, which has stepped up to the plate to take over. It quickly and easily imports from Google Reader to get you set up, is now stand-alone as a service, and has both Web-based and iOS-based clients. An API for third party developers also means that new additions, plug-ins, and apps are sure to come.
For those who don’t mind paying for service, newcomer Feedbin is available for $2 a month. Most popular RSS clients support Feedbin and will natively use it and you’ll have to export your Google Reader feeds to OPML and then import them into Feedbin as import from Google is not automatic. The online client (Web-based) for Feedbin is very similar to Google’s as well.
Another paid option is Feed Wrangler, which has apps for the iOS platforms as well as a Web-based option. It’s $19 a year and the Smart Streams interface takes some getting used to, but it’s a popular option for Apple gadget lovers.
Finally, another free and interesting option is in beta, but available for free from Digg. It is available for both Web-based use and as an iOS app. It imports directly from Google as well, making it easy to set up. Of course, it integrates easily with Digg itself for combined content feeding.
Choose one now, because Google Reader dies today.