It’s now only a few days until Google shut down their RSS feed reader, imaginatively named “Google Reader” for good. If you’ve never heard of this product, then you won’t miss it at all. But if you’re like me and depend on Reader as a way of collating content from all the news sources and blogs that you follow into one place for easy access, you’re probably been searching for a replacement since the end of Reader was announced. It was a while ago that I first blogged about my search for a Google Reader replacement, and it’s taken me until now to find my chosen substitute.
The main delay is that I’ve been waiting for the developers of my favourite iOS apps to make updates to their products to offer alternatives to Google Reader. You see, I never used Google Reader itself, I simply used it as a way to synchronize my blog reading between my iPad and my iPhone. I was pleased when the developers of my favourite apps confirmed early on that they would be issuing updates to their apps to removed the need for Google Reader, and I waited until those updates were available before making my choice.
|Mr. Reader (affiliate link) is my preferred RSS feed reader, and an updated version is now available in the iOS store which offers support for a number of Reader alternatives.|
|Oh my iPhone I use Feeddler RSS Reader Pro (affiliate link), and an update has also now been released for that, supporting a few Reader alternatives.|
The sharp eyed amongst you will have noticed there are two readers that both apps have in common, and they are Bazquzxand FeedHQ. I must confess I didn’t know how to decide between these two. Both offer a 30 day free trial, and are chargeable after that, but neither is expensive – FeedHQ costs just $12 per year, and Bazquz offers some kind of honesty system where you can choose to pay $9, $19 or $29 per year. FeedHQ is open source, which could be a factor to some, and Bazquz offers the ability to see comments on the posts which could be a nice feature too.
However, something else has happened recently which has influenced my decision, and that is the very clever website IfTTT.com (If This Then That) has implemented Feedly support. If you’ve not come across IFTTT then I recommend you take some time to explore it – it’s basically a web site that allows you to build “recipes” to automatically take actions based on other things happening. I use it for cross posting my content to various sites, amongst other things, but it can do things like send you an email if the weather forecast says it will be sunny today.
I’m not sure if I’ll ever use any Feedly IFTTT recipes, but it’s nice to have the option. And Mr Reader has implemented Feedly support. But sadly Feeddler hasn’t (of course it might be added in the future). It was enough to get me to have a dig around the app store to see what other iPhone readers were out there, and I rediscovered another old favourite – Reeder (affiliate link). This is an app that I used to use on my iPad before I discovered Mr Reader, and I always liked it. Whilst the app hasn’t been updated yet, there is a new version currently with Apple for review, which adds some Google Reader replacements, and the developer has tweeted a picture showing what these are. I was delighted to discover that one of them is Feedly.
Better still, the iPhone and iPad versions of Reeder are both free in the app store at the moment.
Today I logged in to Feedly using my Google account, and it picked up all my existing Google Reader subscriptions. I then set Mr Reader up to access my Feedly account rather than my Google Reader account. It took only a few seconds, and was dead easy – it’s preserved all my subscriptions, and the folders I have them organised in. When the update to Reeder for iPhone is released I will install that, and configure it to access my Feedly account as well. Then I’ll be able to read all my favourite blogs on either device, or on the Feedly web site, and they will all synchronise, meaning I won’t see duplicate content anywhere.
And yes, I am aware that Feedly have their own iOS app as well, but I just don’t like it as my as my existing apps. Sorry.
So I’m all set with Feedly, Mr Reader and Reeder. I think I’m ready for Google to shut Reader down now.
If you’re currently reading my blog through Google Reader and looking for a simpler alternative than I’ve posted above, can I recommend that you try either The Old Reader or Bloglovin’? You can read my blog through both of those. The Old Reader is just like Google Reader in terms of interface, and Bloglovin’ is similarly easy to use.
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