|Recommended Replacements for Google Reader
||[Jun. 20th, 2013|04:52 pm]
Greetings Fellow Comstoks!
crowdsourced spreadsheet.In response to Google Reader's shutdown, I compiled a list of recommendations from dozens of posts, including a |
I checked reviews and security ratings for every item. First I cut options which were app only, required server installation or other complications. Next I cut those designed for other uses with a few reader-ish features. This left me with 15 to test, 11 of which were severly lacking to utter crap. Some duds had been mentioned on multiple blogs - I suspect they copied PR without checking.
This left me with 5 sites enough like Reader to merit use.
Google Reader set the following standards:
*Keyboard shortcuts: Comprehensive and simple, making it easy to review a vast set of feeds.
*Mark Read - marks all posts as read, with options for older than a day, week or two weeks.
*Tags: functioned as separate folders for individual posts.
*Stared/Saved Items: Keyboard enabled and unlimited.
*Instapaper: Can save currently viewed item from within Reader with one click.
*Pocket: One step keyboard shortcut saves full post even if the feed only displays partial.
The best Reader clone, including social features and analytics. Some differences are improvements. A standalone service which can import Reader subscriptions and folders from XML, plus directly connect to Reader to import starred, tagged and shared items (you can then disconnect and the data will remain).
It seems like a labor of love, so it's unclear if it has the resources to function long term. It's so good one feels like it can't last.
-Most Reader keyboard shortcuts except for moving between folders and feeds.
-Mark Read options are one, two, three days, one week and one month.
-Change Font Size within service.
-Keyboard shortcut for Instapaper and Pocket
MOST POPULAR: Feedly
Most popular thanks to "Project Normandy" which means it seems sustainable. Ports over starred items, subscriptions, folders.
If browser window isn't wide enough, side menu automatically hides istelf, which is annoying. While it claims to be ready for the shutdown, currently it's still wedded to Reader (changes in one show up in the other) so only time will tell. You have to use gmail address of your reader account as login. The design between the browser and mobile version has some dissonance.
-Keyboard shortcuts not as robust.
-Mark Read is all unread only in mobile version.
-No tags in mobile version
-In web version, saving to Instapaper and Pocket involves multiple clicks.
GOOD: Old Reader
As the name indicates, an older version of Reader, set up when Google removed the social network aspect from the original (I don't use these, but they're important to some. Standalone service which imports Reader subscriptions from xml.
Again, the labor of love factor.
-Most of GR keyboard shortcuts.
-Mark Read is all unread only.
-Instapaper not supported.
-Pocket is supported with keyboard shortcut as in Reader.
A partial clone of Reader. Standalone service which imports Reader subscriptions from xml.
Another labor of love which is already showing strain and is currently offline, allegedly for a few hours.
-Most of GR keyboard shortcuts.
-Full range of Mark Read
-Saving to Instapaper and Pocket involves multiple clicks.
MAYBE: Digg Reader
Rumored to be amazing.
Hasn't launched yet.