Goodbye Google Reader

Goodbye Google Reader March 14, 2013

It seems that Google Reader is being done away with (“retired” seems to be the preferred term). I suppose that means that I will have to find another feed reader for all my blogs and news feeds that I read – which almost certainly includes yours, if you have one. And so if you want me to keep reading regularly, please recommend alternatives which will allow me not only to read, but also have a sidebar like the one I currently have, allowing me to click a button on a post in the reader and have it share to the sidebar.

Apparently with Google Takeout you can extract all your subscriptions. The question will be where to import them to. Your recommendations are welcome!

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  • Joseph

    I’m currently testing out Feedly. No strong opinions yet, one way or another.

  • I’m using “akregator” which is linux software.

    My main point in mentioning this, is that perhaps you should say what operating system you use. Maybe someone will suggest a good reader that works on your system.

  • Jared

    I’ve been using Feedly for years, and it keeps getting better. I would highly recommend that. I think you used to need Google Reader to run Feedly, but they’ve said there will be no problems—when Google Reader dies, Feedly will keep on going.

  • Feedly installed on chrome in seconds and without any action on my part had all my reader subscriptions in place.

  • KRS

    Well, there’s Newsblur (, which has the additional feature that it allows you to filter sites for stories you like or don’t like. It does, however, require a paid subscription if you read more than 64 sites. That’s because Newsblur is one guy’s open source project, and he lives off the subscription money.

    There’s also The Old Reader (, whose main purpose was to reinstitute Google Reader’s old social features. It’s still in beta, but it works relatively well except for a few interface quirks.

  • Jerome

    Feedly is quite a good replacement:

  • Daniel Eaton

    The “takeout” option isn’t in standard OPML format. I ended up figuring out how to do it, but it’s not real obvious. You can create a new “all” group and add all your feeds into it. Then you can click on the drop-down menu option to the right of the “all” label on your list of folders and choose to make a “bundle” out of it. Once that completes, you can get a link to an OPML of the bundle. (You can do this for individual folders/labels as well.) I’ve had mixed success trying to import that OPML into some of the alternative sites though. I’ve tried 5 different web alternatives at this point (Feedly, Newsblur, Netvibes, Taptu, and Pulse) and prefer Feedly at this point with NewsBlur (when it works) falling in second. The nice thing about Feedly is that when Google Reader dies, they already have all your feeds and categories and will transition that to a new back-end seamlessly for you so you should notice no difference at all. It also has a nice Android app. Unless I can find something better, I am going to transition quickly to Feedly.

  • James, I don’t know if there’s a term for someone like me, who basically uses your blog as my homepage and your “Interesting Posts Elsewhere” to filter the posts I should be reading. I guess this is my wake up call to get my own blog reader!

  • Lifehacker has a really good list of alternatives.

  • which almost certainly includes yours, if you have one

    Even mine!?
    I have found “The Old Reader” to be the best option for me.