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RIP Google Reader. 6 Alternatives

Earlier today, Google announced it’s closing Google Reader on July 1. They say not enough of us were using it but it’s something I use every day. So, what are the alternatives?

My criteria include laptop and mobile capability, clean design and easy personalization. Living in Alaska, I need news that rarely makes it on a national news feed. I would also like to incorporate keywords into the reader.


I just started using Feedly as a way to read my Google Reader on my iPad so am really excited Cnet shows a way to move my Google Reader feed there. I’ve been enjoying their “share” feature onto Twitter, Facebook and others so think this seems like a viable option. Feedly is also integrated with Buffer, one of my favorite timesavers and it synchronizes with my mobile devices so my feed is up to date wherever I check.RIP


This is a site I hadn’t heard of before I started looking for a Google Reader alternative but I like what I see. NewsBlur has a mobile sync and looks very clean. Unfortunately they’re having some capacity issues this afternoon that they explain as a result of people leaving Google Reader. Do check them out, though, before you make a change. I plan to do so.


Maybe I’m missing something but I don’t see how I can put my personal feeds (local paper, etc) into Taptu. I have some pretty targeted items in my Google Reader. And, its busy look isn’t something I really care for but you may. It seems easy to read and understand.


One of the things I like about Feedly is its clean layout. For me, Pulse is too cluttered but it may work for you. I really like the interface and easily personalization.


Flipboard is one of the most popular RSS feeds for iPad and iPhone but it doesn’t have a web component so it just won’t work for me. I do love flipping through it on my iPad and have some searches there that aren’t part of my daily reading.


I really like the look of Netvibes and it is more than a reader. However, there are no mobile applications and that is important to me. Maybe they’ll add them soon?

Moving Google Reader Feeds

Google provided a page telling readers how to move their feeds that seems pretty straightforward so that’s good. Lifehackers also provides a tutorial at the bottom of their post reviewing readers.

What options are you considering?

If you’re not a Google Reader devotee, what RSS reader do you recommend?


Image: Andrew Stawarz via Flickr, CC 2.0


By |2018-03-18T22:44:26+00:00March 13th, 2013|Trends & Tools|4 Comments

About the Author:

Mary Deming Barber, APR, Fellow PRSA, runs a strategic communications consultancy where she helps clients understand how to integrate new media into traditional communication programs. Mary has counseled clients in Tacoma, Anchorage, San Francisco, Oregon, and Colorado for nearly 40 years working with a variety of food organizations, several agencies, and as a key team member on two successful US Senate campaigns. 


  1. Taughnee March 13, 2013 at 6:04 pm - Reply

    I have been using Flipboard for awhile now, I really love the ritual of sitting down with my iPad and coffee in the morning. For web use and during the day, I rely on Facebook and twitter for important news. But I know that isn’t enough for you and others in your profession.

    • mary March 13, 2013 at 6:10 pm - Reply

      Thanks for commenting Taughnee. I haven’t warmed to Flipboard. But I do like Feedly. I use Flipboard when I’m playing around.

  2. Joel Don March 14, 2013 at 9:00 am - Reply

    Thanks Mary. Count me among the many not amused by this move. But at least the marketplace has alternatives. Looking forward to reading posts on whether this action, from a PR view, was handled well and what brand damage might have been done. Certainly doesn’t encourage me run out and buy some Google glasses.

    • mary March 14, 2013 at 10:09 am - Reply

      I agree with you Joel on many levels. I have been rather nervous over several Google maneuvers lately but this one caused so many of us to gasp it will be interesting to watch. Both Google and Facebook seems to be getting — as my grandmother used to say — too big for their britches. It’s going to be an interesting year. For me, it means not putting all my eggs in one basket and definitely not many at all in Google’s.

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