Moving On: RSS Alternatives for Google Reader
With the announce of the soon-to-be-departure of Google reader, the blogging community and online dwellers are in a frenzied scurry to ‘search for’ and ‘adjust with’ a new RSS reader.
Though, I do not claim to be hard knocked that bad by the news since I have been using my Twitter feed and LinkedIn groups to catch up with the industry trends but still the news of the reader passing away was not refreshing at all.
What Should an Ideal RSS Reader Consist Of?
Now this brings us to the crossroads where we have to decide the new RSS friend. When I think about an RSS reader, I want it to to be equipped with the following attributes:
1) Ease of access: While browsing through the internet, if I land onto a blog which sounds promising and delivers the type of content which I would like to have more off then getting it in my reader should be a matter of one click (and yes, no more!).
2) Convenience of use: A good RSS reader in my opinion should save time rather than take it.
3) Organization and Categorization: I gather that most of you are running multiple blogs or have multiple fields of interest ranging from blogging, seo, fashion, entertainment, technology and etc. etc. Categorization and organization of your feeds in proper labels which are easy to access and edit is must have.
What to do Now That Google Reader Will be There No More?
Well, Lifehacker has already given a neat list of RSS alternatives in their post here. They have reviewed 2 types of readers:
- Cloud based RSS readers
- Desktop based RSS readers
NetVibes and Newsblur are two of the popular choices, already used by many people. They are close resemblers of Google’s-soon-to-depart reader. Feedly is a another option but with a different style and look.
My Ultimate Choice of RSS Reader for 2013
My vote and love goes to Feedly. The reader is cute, easy to customize and super easy to use. I have just started to use it and Ahm! I am loving it more than Google reader.
The reader for starters, is absolutely free with an amazing Andriod app which is fast enough.
As you can see in the picture above, it has a nice cute look about it. It also comes with a Firefox add-on (see the red arrow) which makes it a tad easier to launch whenever you want to give a look to your feeds. I am simply loving it at the moment and would like to hear from you guys how you are using it to make your blogging life easier.