Yeah, I realize you’re in the business to make money, and if Reader isn’t adding to the coffers, it’s gotta go. But it’s hard on us customers when you give us such cool stuff for free, then decide a few years later to pull the plug.
I guess we’ll survive. And maybe we’ll find an even better place to house and manage our RSS feeds, which Reader did well but not very prettily.
For example, there’s Netvibes, which was actually on my original list of alternatives to iGoogle. Although it’s more of a Web portal than a dedicated RSS reader, it’s easy to stock with RSS feeds—great if you’re looking to kill two birds with one stone.
If you’ve already invested a lot of time in Google Reader, check out Feedly (shown up top), which not only presents your feeds in a gorgeous, blog-style layout, but also imports from Reader. That means with just a few clicks, you can resurrect your existing feed library—and give it a sweet makeover in the process.
Feedly is available for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, and even has mobile apps for Android and iOS.
If those options seem overly fancy and/or cluttered for your tastes, check out Skimr, a bare-bones, mobile-friendly feed reader that’s already stocked with popular tech sites (All Things Digital, the Verge, etc.—but no PC World?! Ahem!). Sign up for a free account and you can add sites of your own.
For more than 20 years, Rick Broida has written about all manner of technology, from Amigas to business servers to PalmPilots. His credits include dozens of books, blogs, and magazines. He sleeps with an iPad under his pillow.