As you may know, Google has called time on Google Reader, despite the RSS aggregation tool retaining a loyal following (particularly among journalists). Ongoing support even led to a petition to save Google Reader on Change.org that was signed by over 15,000 individuals.
But in spite of these efforts, increased use of websites such as Twitter and Flipboard has slowly eroded the number of Google Reader users, and has encouraged Google to kill-off the RSS client as part of its "spring cleaning exercise".
So if you are one of those who simply can't live without Google Reader on your desktop PC, here are three pretty decent alternatives:
Feedly could potentially be the service that will benefit the most from Google Readers' demise. Not only does it have an aesthetically pleasing "magazine view" look, but it also incorporates other useful RSS reader features like keyboard shortcuts and tags. Feedly even allows you to divide your feeds up into folders, and select a preferred view ("Headlines", "Mosaic", "Timeline" etc.) for each one individually.
But the biggest advantage that Feedly has is that it may be the only RSS application that has an excellent and free mobile companion app for both the iOS and Android marketplaces. The app can even sync "read" statuses between your smartphone, tablet PC, and web-based versions.
Newsblur may not be as pretty as some of the other RSS clients, but the software is able to refresh your feed every minute, allowing you to source the latest news and updates very quickly. With Newsblur you can even place folders within folders, which enables you to organise your feeds in any way that you like.
And if you're looking for a RSS client that comes packed with plenty of bells-and whistles, then Newsblur is a great choice. Not only are you able to view the original "web-view" of whichever article you are reading, but Newsblur also uses "Intelligence Classifiers" that analyses your reading habits to source content that is most relevant for you. You are even able to follow your friends' feeds to see what they have marked as interesting.
However, Newsblur is really for the RSS enthusiast, as it costs £2 a month to use, and you need to subscribe to at least 64 accounts.
Mac-exclusive RSS client Reeder is a sharp-looking platform that offers separate versions for iPhone, iPad, and Mac. It's really easy to like Reeder, with its clean interface, easy sync with Google Calender, along with integration with popular services like Read It Later and Instapaper.
While you can't manage subscriptions on the mobile versions like you can on a desktop client, you do get an incredible interface to read the news on. You are even able to star items for later, and save them to other social bookmarking services like Pinboard, Evernote, or Twitter.
On the downside, Reeder does require a one-off payment; costing £1.99 for the iPhone version, £3.99 on the iPad, and £8.99 on your Mac.
So don't mourn the death of Google Reader as there are alternatives...
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