• You’re about to lose Google Reader. Now what?

    In two weeks Google Reader will shut down. If that’s how you read this blog, you’ll have to find a new way. My suggestion: sign up for the daily email digest. That way, you’ll keep getting TIE posts (bundled in one email, once per day, around 7AM) even as you shop around for a new reader.

    As for your new reader, I have recommended and still recommend NewsBlur. There are other options,* but I have not tested them as extensively as NewsBlur, with which I am totally satisfied. I’ve been using it on the web and on Android and iOS devices exclusively for a couple of months. It’s worth the fee, though you can get a trial version for free, despite the appearance that you can’t on the site (or so I’m told).

    You’ll want to transfer your feeds from Google Reader. Do so with Google Takeout.

    * To find other options, do a web search on “Google Reader replacements” or similar.


    • Agree wholeheartedly with NewsBlur recommendation! Also, I think it has the ability to import Google Reader feeds.

    • I think Feedly is becoming the dominant google reader alternative. It’s free, and has some really nice features that google reader didn’t have, but there are limitations. For one, it doesn’t work with a lot of browsers (it does work with Chrome and Firefox though, so as long as you are mainstream it should be ok). It also has some notorious problems running on some tablets like the Kindle Fire.

      • It is also still running off Google Reader!

        Presuming you’re a Feedly user, how is it at pulling in the full text of partial feeds? This is something NewsBlur is astonishingly good at.

        • They recently switched feedly so that it no longer runs off google reader. If you have version 16.0, they claim, you’ll be ready for the end of google reader.

          I don’t have a lot of experience with partial feeds. But I do have one example that suggests Feedly is better than google reader:I had the webcomic xkcd.com on my reader, and while google was able to get the actual comics, it always failed to get the mouseover text, which is often the highlight of the comic. Feedly gets both the comic and the mouseover text.

    • Based primarily on everything I read here, my husband and I went to NewsBlur. While it is no Reader (nothing is!), we are both quite satisfied.

      The annual fee is a small price to pay for supported software.

    • I have been using NewsBlur for a couple of months now. I went on and (gasp) signed up for the deluxe version which pays the developer a few dollars a year. It works very well, and has been undergoing continuous serious fixes and upgrades. Works very well in the browser, and in both my iPhone and iPad.

    • But, I am still using my iGoogle web desktop. I will hate to see that go away 🙁