Google Reader is on its deathbed, slated to meet its end TODAY. Its demise has been looming in the distance for a while, so this should come as no surprise. While this is certainly a time of mourning, there’s the unseemly business of finding a replacement. Here’s a list of platform agnostic alternatives that should help make the transition as painless as possible. We’re sorry for your loss.
Feedly‘s one of the best options who need one reader on all their devices. Feedly has finally rolled out its web-based reader in addition to standard Android and iOS apps. It’s well designed, but it’s a bit more like a newspaper than the constant-flow-of-feeds-to-my-faaaaace Google Reader. But, it’s free and Feedly has been out there saying a transition from Google Reader will be “seamless”.
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NetVibes is a web reader with some powerful customisation options. Like any good RSS reader, you can resort to a pure feed approach, but NetVibes also has a dashboard setting that allows you to create and organise “widgets” for specific feeds and folders and move them around. The downside is that there aren’t any mobile apps, so you’ll be tied to your computer.
While a mobile app an never fully fill the hole Google Reader leaves in your desktop browser, Flipboard (Android, iOS) is another great, magazine-like mobile option for folks whose feeds are image-heavy. It’s so pretty you might just forgive it for not living on your laptop.