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    RIP Google Reader

    Google announced today that Google Reader is going to the waste side, so what RSS reader does everyone else use? I'm currently testing feedly, the old reader, and will be trying tiny tiny rss.

    I'm not sold on any of them yet (granted I haven't tried tiny tiny rss yet). So maybe, others could chime in with your favorites and why they like them. The biggest component I enjoyed about Google Reader was the ease in tagging articles, emailing them, or starring them for later.

    So far others have fallen short in the tagging and emailing. For example, in Feedly, it is hard to re-tag an article (if it already has a tag, you can't easily add another... actually you might be unable to do multiple tags). In the old reader, I can't figure out how to tag at all!

    So what are you using? Does it support tagging (this is my biggest MUST HAVE)?

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    I'm looking at tiny tiny rss as well. Not fussed about tagging or sharing, the primary thing I'll find hard to replace is the google reader ecosystem where I can sync across both the web and apps, and the many apps which easily connect to the backend and then cache offline content.

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    I tried getting tiny tiny rss running (spent about 30 minutes max) and it bombed horribly with syntax errors in the PHP code. Guess it isn't quite polished as I don't want to have to invest a lot of time into it. Oh well. So far Feedly is growing on me, but the tagging still bothers me (I need multiple tagging capability!).

    I'm still a bit shell shocked that they are ditching Reader, but I guess it makes sense considering they axed the dev team a while back and left it in limbo from a development side.

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    I dare say there's a frenzy of activity currently behind the scenes of many RSS app developers, on one hand potential for an unexpected gold rush, but also a disaster for apps that are reliant on the reader backend.
    Another I looked at is feedafever.com which is $30

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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoast View Post
    I dare say there's a frenzy of activity currently behind the scenes of many RSS app developers, on one hand potential for an unexpected gold rush, but also a disaster for apps that are reliant on the reader backend.
    Another I looked at is feedafever.com which is $30
    Was not aware of the plight of Google reader. I was having some issues with the results but not aware of Google not providing updates. Hopefully someone can advise and recommend a good alternative. I did a quick check and found a "list" of recommended reader (free) and wondering if anyone has used any of them. Here's a list in no particular order of preference.

    BlogExpress
    Mozilla Thunderbird
    SharpReader
    intraVnews
    Squeet
    RSS Bandit
    Awasu Personal Edition
    Omea Reader

    With things the way they are these days trying to keep in the free range.

    Regards to all,

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    I use Mozilla Thunderbird for the only reason that it is also my e-mail client. I never had a problem but then I don't subscribe often to RSS feeds so I don't think that my experience is relevant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jakbeas View Post
    RSS Bandit
    I used RSS Bandit before I switched to Google Reader, my only problem with it, is it is a desktop solution, so you'd have to sync your data files with each computer you use, were Reader being a web based client removes that scenario.

    I've also looked at NetVibes, but I find it utterly ridiculous to have to pay $499 a month for tagging!

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    News just in: digg are building a reader replacement that supports the same api, which should mean relatively easy modifications for most app devs
    http://blog.digg.com/post/4535570133...lding-a-reader

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    Another option:
    theoldreader.com

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    I'm bummed as well - it's the least obtrusive feed reader I've tried.

    I found this looking for alternatives. It's not ready yet, but soon hopefully: http://feedwrangler.net/
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    Quote Originally Posted by EastCoast View Post
    Another option:
    theoldreader.com
    Tried it, lacks tagging entirely

    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMaxwell View Post
    I'm bummed as well - it's the least obtrusive feed reader I've tried.

    I found this looking for alternatives. It's not ready yet, but soon hopefully: http://feedwrangler.net/
    Cool, I subscribed! I don't mind paying for something so long as I get my money's worth. If tagging is non-existent or it doesn't fit my needs, than that is an entirely different matter. But I'll definitely try it out once it comes available.

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    This is sad to hear, I love Google reader cos it's very cool

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    For those testing feedly, I developed a userscript that puts the unread count in the title bar (can't believe they don't do that!). I'm contemplating rewriting the tagging feature to mimic google reader, so you can type your tag instead of having to use the mouse. Maybe if it bugs me enough, I'll get around to it.

    So far feedly is growing on me, I just wish they would solve the tagging issues (allow multiple tags, and rework how you tag an item, you can definitely tell it was an after-thought to their system).

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    i am using feedly,<snip>link deleted</snip>
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    Another one on the horizon, but not ready for prime time yet. By Russell Beattie....http://clever.io/
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    I was also using Google Reader. Sad to hear that.

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    RIP Google Reads

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    yupp it's a great shock for regular Reader users. But fortunately there were plenty of alternatives available out there. I use pulse.me







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    I think great replacements will pop up in no time. But I am starting to get a little worried about the speed of which google shuts down their products...

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    bums me out for sure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vanforum View Post
    I think great replacements will pop up in no time. But I am starting to get a little worried about the speed of which google shuts down their products...
    It's surprising at which to shut down their product, nobody know the reason why? at least they are giving other merchant the market opportunity

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    Quote Originally Posted by sniperbit View Post
    It's surprising at which to shut down their product, nobody know the reason why? at least they are giving other merchant the market opportunity
    They decided that G+ was a better fit, and had more marketable potential. Not sure I agree with them, but that's their choice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveMaxwell View Post
    They decided that G+ was a better fit, and had more marketable potential. Not sure I agree with them, but that's their choice.
    That and I don't think they knew how to take GReader and make money off of it (unlike G+). I would have been perfectly fine paying a subscription to keep GReader, too bad that wasn't an option.

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    The back story is getting interesting -- one of the managers for the product has spoken on quora: http://www.quora.com/Google-Reader-S...-Google-Reader ; not official answer but it seems to be quite plausible.

    Not sure where I'm going yet -- Google Reader itself was nice but the ecosystem around it mattered much more to me. I could easily subscribe to feed in my browsers. These feeds showed up in Flipboard where I could read it like a magazine. I could star things in Flipboard that got pushed back to Google Reader and then read by IFTTT and pulled into Evernote. Lots of people innovating in the space but it is going to take a while for a clear winner to emerge that the ecosystem will congeal around.

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    Seems that this thread is starting to atrack fluffers all around... I'm closing it.


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