The Old Reader is Down

Many readers will know that, in order to be able to have a feed of shared items that others can access (which used to be in a sidebar on the blog before that started causing errors due to slow load times), I moved from the now-defunct Google Reader to TheOldReader, which was basically a clone of what Google Reader looked like at its best.

TheOldReader is currently down, and so I suspect that some folks, like me, are wondering what to do about their blog reading. I had come to rely on an RSS feed reader, and don’t know whether, even if I spent all day doing so, I could actually remember what all the blogs are that I subscribe to and check them individually.

What technology have you come to rely on? Have you ever had it fail you? What did you do?

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  • Neil Rickert

    What technology have you come to rely on?

    I’m using akregator, software that runs (under linux) on my own computer. I’m told that thunderbird can also be use as an RSS reader.

    This has not failed me yet. Of course, if my own computer is down then I won’t have it. But then I wouldn’t have access to other sites either.

  • Marta L.

    I went through weeks of looking for a gReader replacement, even mourning the fact that things couldn’t be done as they always had been. So I feel your pain – quite freshly, actually. But in the way of suggestions, Feedly has worked well for me, and the Digg reader is finally getting enough features to be useful.

    As for what other technology I rely on? I suppose I wouldn’t know until it goes away. I have noticed how helpless I am to do anything without an active internet connection. Here’s hoping it’s a long time before I find out there’s something else I can’t live without.

  • Bob MacDonald

    feedly is still working

  • Albert

    Brief for Firefox

    All your stuff is local so if you need the cloud it won’t work for you. But I guess that’s the point. It never goes down. I have my feed list local and backup up. Although I have the sadz for google reader folks, Brief is the easy solution.

  • Christopher

    Feedly is nice, but I opted to set up and install ownCloud on my server to centralise my activities into one location (now I have my calendar, todo list, contact lists, backed up files, and RSS feeds in one location that can sync with my phone as well).

  • SelfAwarePatterns

    Try Out of all the ones I tried (Feedly, Digg, Aol, OldReader, NetVibes, etc), I found it to be the best.

  • Beau Quilter

    Darn! I like your Old Reader.

    Which is to say, I’m lazy and I enjoy looking over your reading shoulder.

    • James F. McGrath

      And I like reading conveniently in one place and sharing what I read with a single click. Hopefully it will be fixed within a few days. If not, then that may be the end of reading over my shoulder…expect for those who can do so literally, of course.

  • Paul D.

    I’ve started using Feedly. The web interface is okay, and it syncs with Reeder on my iPhone. (But not the iPad or OS X versions yet, for some reason.)

  • TrevorN

    Ah, now I know why my feedly list has been quiet for a few days… hope it gets fixed soon :-)

  • Marie Saunders

    I recommend that you wait few more days until TheOldReader come back. I use both OldReader and . I will surely wait for good old OldReader :) But hey I also have which is fastest RSS reader available so I am covered.

  • Gautam Sampathkumar

    Checkout SwarmIQ. Similar functionality.

    Features: The ability to skim large #s of headlines, organize lots
    of feeds, label them, tag articles for later reading, fastm unobtrusive
    “no magazine layout”.
    Sign up at , click on the Google reader icon to get all your feeds, and get up and running straight away.

    Disclosure: I’m on the team that built this site :-) Also, we don’t have “Google Alerts” type functionality yet.

  • Odioa

    inoreader. same looks as google reader as well. at first I switched to the old reader too but faced the problem as you – have to access to my feeds for 4 days already! inoreader is more compact without those ugly gaps in subscription list. and never failed yet.