Google Reader Replacements
The Google Reader service was launched in 2005 and built up a
faithful user base of millions over the years. This aggregator
of content served by web feeds offered an undeniably intuitive way for
users to access a stream of updates from selected
websites, enabling them to easily keep tabs on their favourite
websites. Following the announcement in March 2013 that Google was to
close the doors to this service - it closed July 2013 - millions of
users have had to seek an alternative feed-reading service. How many
made the right choice?
A particular problem with the web is information overload.
There is so much information available that it is all too easy to
become bewildered and lost from an overabundance of incoming
information. Inevitably, most web surfers stick to their favourite,
trusted websites, if only to reduce the information noise. All web
browsers have a bookmarking facility so that we can go back to these
sites quickly. However, there is a more
efficient way to keep on top of the new content published on these
sites, where the reader does not need to keep making regular visits to
a site, but instead waits for the publisher to provide a nudge when new
content has been added.
There are a number of different file formats which information
publishers use. The most frequent ones are RSS and Atom. RSS is an
acronym for Really Simple Syndication. It is a defined standard based
on XML with the specific purpose of delivering updates to web-based
content. RSS readers enables users to quickly scan stories
from many different websites. An RSS feed is essentially a file that
contains a blog or website's most recent entries. Using this standard,
webmasters provide headlines and fresh content in
a succinct manner. Meanwhile, consumers use RSS readers and news
aggregators to collect and monitor their favorite feeds in one
centralized program or location.
The focus of this article is to highlight the finest news
aggregators for web browsers. Some of these services also
have apps for mobile devices running Android and iOS.
Let's explore the 8 Google Reader replacements at
hand. For each title we have compiled its own portal page, a full
description with an in-depth analysis of its features, together with
links to relevant resources and reviews.
|Life After Google Reader
||News reader for creative minds
Google Reader replacement
||Built with simplicity and speed in mind. It is inspired
by Google Reader
fast RSS news reader
||Seeks to emulate the features of Google Reader
news reader bringing people together to talk about the world
||Hold up to 600 sources total: 12 feeds per page and up
to 50 pages
replacement providing a subset of the Google Reader
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