Finding a Google Reader Substitute

Google Reader screenshot

After whining and moaning and crying a little, I went ahead and tried just about every Google Reader substitute I could find. While there is no perfect solution yet that bridges across mobile and web options that all syncs together, I have found my temporary workaround. I do most of my RSS reading on my computer these days so I needed to solve for that first and I’ve found The Old Reader to be the most Google-Reader-esque experience. It did take about a week for my content to be uploaded to their site as they were flooded with new users after the Google announcement but it was kind of worth the wait.

the Old Reader Screenshot

Its currently only available in a web browser version but I can access the content on any machine with a web browser so its a decent solution at the present. I did like that so many other apps were integrating Google’s Reader feeds into their interface like Flipboard, Reeder and others so what will really determine the best replacement is which service becomes the de facto in other apps and services.

Its interface is simple and totally utilitarian and most like Google Reader. As a result, it had the least learning curve and shortest path to just getting back to reading. Have you found a good substitute for Google Reader yet?

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  1. I’ve settled on The Old Reader, at least for now. I don’t own any mobile devices, so I don’t need any apps for that. I really didn’t want to spend a lot of time figuring out how to use a totally different reader, so The Old Reader has been great that way, even though it currently doesn’t update the feeds quite as often as I would have wished. I also like its somewhat more minimalist design.

  2. I’ve been using Feedly and not very happy with it so far. I’ll give Old Reader a shot and see if I like that any better.

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