This is very bad news for my work. I’m a researcher, and spend a lot of time in GR every single day.
So what next? What alternatives are there? Is there a good replacement that’ll pick up my pile of GR feeds?
I’m firing up this post with the first answers I discover, and will update as they come in.
To be clear about my requirements: I need something for a laptop environment, primarily. RSS feeds my research, which means lots of writing, multi-app work, etc. Secondly, it should synch to Android, the phone platform I use. That’s where I RSS when traveling.
- Newsblur. Currently in the lead in Hacker News’ poll. It’s hard to assess its quality, as the Blur site is apparently being hammered. No luck with OPML upload yet.
- Netvibes. A browser-based dashboard tool. Here’s their guide to importing your OPML. (thanks to Veronica Pejril for the reminder)
- Bloglines. Old-school reader. Sometimes I use this when teaching RSS, because of its simplicity.
- Feedly. Aimed at mobile devices. It does play on the Windows desktop. Instructions on migrating there from GR.
- Prismatic. Looks Feedly-ish. Can’t tell if it imports OPML yet. (thanks to Amanda Sturgill)
- Fever, a/k/a Feedafever. Looks like you have to install it on your own server – here’s one description of the process. And another. (thanks to D’Arcy Norman and Steven Kaye)
- The Old Reader. Seems to be a Web-based reader. Currently overwhelmed by GR refugees. (thanks to Dimitris Tzouris and Grant Wythoff)
- PressForward. A WordPress plugin from the Center for History and New Media. Currently in alpha.
- BlogTrottr. Sends RSS feed content to your email inbox. Accepts OPML files easily. (Thanks to Michelle G)
- Taptu. Looks like it’s best for mobile devices, not desktops. (via CNet)
- Feedbooster. Web-based client a la Netvibes. Imports OPML quickly. Runs some interesting searches on the results. (thanks to Mark Justman)
Which is best? What else is there?
We should expect a burst of RSS reading innovation over the next few months, as eager developers rush into the Google-shaped space. Feed Wrangler, for example, is in the works (more here). Digg says they’re working on one (thanks to Our Level).
(thanks to Steven Kaye for the sad alert)