RSS reader is a great tool for bloggers and internet marketers to curate content. Google Reader is one of the most popular readers that has been on the market since 2005. On July 1st, Google officially retired its Google Reader because of declining usage over the years. Google offers a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find a Google Reader replacement. Google first announced its decision on March 13, 2013. When I heard the news, I was disappointed as I had been using Google Reader for more than three years. I am sure many loyal Google Reader users felt the same.
Of course, Google has to do what it has to do for the best of the company. It is time to say good-bye to Google Reader.
I’ve done some research recently looking for Google Reader alternatives. I finally decide to use Feedly (Feedly.com), which is the best Google Reader replacement in my opinion.
Feedly has been building its RSS product for years. It reached 12 million users in June.
According to Techcrunch,
Google Reader users will love Feedly because it comes closest to mirroring the Google Reader experience, and it offers a number of settings that can be tweaked to your liking. The service’s “Titles Only” view (which can be set globally in Preferences) offers the same sort of compact view, perfect for headline-scanning action, that Google Reader once provided. It also supports a number of Google Reader’s features, including support for many of the same keyboard shortcuts, tagging, favorites (“Saved for Later”), and “Mark as Read” functionality to quickly plow through categories.
Feedly’s user interface is more elegant than Google Reader. I like the Feedly’s magazine view of RSS feeds very much. Furthermore, you can easily import your Google Reader data into your Feedly account. No wonder Feedly added more than 8 million users since Google Reader’s shutdown announced.
If you want to move to Feedly from Google Reader, follow these step-by-step instructions to import your Google Reader data to Feedly.
- Go to Google Takeout to download your existing Google Reader data including subscriptions. You first click on “Choose services”, then click on “Create Archive”. Download the takeout zip file to your computer.
- Open the takeout zip file to find “subscriptions.xml” file.
- Log in to your Feedly account. Click on “Import OPML” on the left dropdown menu.
- Select subscriptions.xml from your computer and import it to your Feedly account.
The whole process just takes a minute or two. Congratulations! Now you have all your Google Reader data moved to Feedly.
Besides Feedly, there are several other good Google Reader alternatives you can try. For example, Digg Reader, Pulse.me, AOL Reader and even the old Yahoo Reader.
Which one do you like? Please share your preferred Google Reader replacement in the comment area.