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Alternative for Google Reader

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Shyuan, Mar 14, 2013.

  1. Shyuan

    Shyuan Well-Known Member


    I heavily use Google Reader (especially web version and on Android devices). Unfortunately, Google is going to take it down from 1 July 2013 onwards. I tried looking for alternative (such as gReader and Feedly), but many of them act as a client of Google Reader. I thought of using Google Currents but it doesn't have web version. Is there any cross-platform RSS reader that you guys known of that doesn't need you to link to your Google Reader?

    Thank you :)
  2. Sim

    Sim Well-Known Member

    I'm facing the same search. I was going to fall back on FeedDemon on the desktop, which I've been using for a long long time (although it struggles with a very large feed database) ... but the developer just announced he will be killing off that product at the same time as Google Reader.

    I haven't had a chance to try any of the alternatives out there yet - from screenshots I've seen, most seem to focus on "pretty" rather than "fast and usable" like Reader was.

    I use Reader every day, on my desktop, my mobile and my tablet. The web version even used to work well on my N900 - about the only thing I ever used it for!

    I'm pretty annoyed they plan to just kill the product ... of course usage is down, they've effectively hidden the product for the past few years - nobody who doesn't already know about it is going to start using it if they never see it promoted.

    I will post my findings if I locate a reasonable cross-platform alternative.
  3. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

  4. Shyuan

    Shyuan Well-Known Member

    I agreed with you. They are heading towards the magazine-like reader instead of simple and basic reader which I preferred more.

    Thank you :)
    Good that they are doing something about it. And I think I should wait patiently since there are still 3 months' time to the kill of Google Reader. The other similar developers are going to do something I supposed.
  5. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    None of the alternatives are good replacements =\.

    I'll probably go back to the self-hosted script I was using: http://feedafever.com

    I'll just need to buy a cheap shared hosting account just to host it though as it does get intensive with a ton of feeds.
  6. Hoolio

    Hoolio Active Member

    While I have the attention of you RSS junkies :cool:...

    What do you think of importing RSS articles into forums 'as a news section'

    a) crazy / bad voodoo / bogus (ripping off the writers)
    b) OK
    c) Other (discuss)

    Meanwhile I sincerely appreciate it and hope you find a good alternate RSS reading solutions soon..

  7. Biker

    Biker Well-Known Member

    I've used them in the past, but most of my users didn't like it. So they're turned off for now. If I find a really good site that has awesome feeds, I may turn it on again. But for now, it's off.
  8. Fuhrmann

    Fuhrmann Well-Known Member

  9. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

  10. Fuhrmann

    Fuhrmann Well-Known Member

  11. Jason

    Jason Well-Known Member

    I had forgotten Digg still existed. ........okay, low blow :p
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  12. Sim

    Sim Well-Known Member

    I tried to turn it off on one of my forums but the users complained! I didn't think anyone was reading it, but there turned out to be a few members who avidly read the news sections every day.

    It does artificially bump up your post count a bit, so might be worth pruning older posts occasionally, just to keep things under control.

    So long as you don't go overboard, I think it can do well. The other thing I did (on my vB forum which I haven't converted to XF yet) was to install a plugin which allowed me to hide those news forums from "New Posts" searches so that RSS feeds didn't clutter the search results. Users then had to opt-in (by way of a user-initiated upgrade to a secondary user group) to then have the news feeds included in the searches.

    This isn't really necessary though - most users who were interested just tended to browse the news forums manually and didn't want to see them in search results anyway.
    Hoolio likes this.
  13. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    Also using this

    Took a lot of tweaks to get it functioning the way I used reader though, and the mobile interface is extremely heavy and awkward on android without even more tweaks.

    This might be useful for someone, imports starred items from reader: https://github.com/darkimmortal/fever-google-starred-importer
    Forsaken likes this.
  14. Forsaken

    Forsaken Well-Known Member

    I'm looking at making an Android app and a widget/Chameleon widget if my friend is up to it, or if I can find someone else who would do it :p.
  15. Luke F

    Luke F Well-Known Member

    That would be amazing, the current app (Meltdown) basically just doesn't work
  16. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    I do exactly this, and then publish the news forum onto the homepage via Porta.
  17. Saeed

    Saeed Well-Known Member

    Feedly seems to be pretty decent, for a web based aggregator.

    I'm thinking of trying out a desktop aggregator like Feed Reader though. :)
  18. Saeed

    Saeed Well-Known Member

    I didn't like the interface of Feed Reader one bit, I must say.

    Giving RSSOwl a go now.
  19. Arty

    Arty Well-Known Member

  20. Hoolio

    Hoolio Active Member

    Ah thanks for the example, so you publish the RSS feed title, a few lines, and no photos.

    Yeah, I think thats what I will settle on - perhaps just titles..

    I have mixed feelings about running a front page that sends my visitors away... However, I am thinking with relevant forum topic centric news - the forum could provide a 'one stop shop". Thats the plan anyway - seems to be yours too..?

    I would like a function on it - the ability to 'toss into the 'article feeds list' any article URL I feel might be of interest. I will try to get my developer to code this for me. That way - the front page news can be automated + have admin selected articles included too.

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