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Google Reader: Thank You for Shutting Down on July 1

Thank you, Google Reader, for shutting down on July 1st. It is because of your shutdown that I now use an RSS reader. Yes, it is true.  Your demise has exposed me to the world of RSS.

The Demise of Google Reader

The RSS world was thrown into a frenzy on March 13, 2013 at 4:06 PM after Alan Green, Software Engineer for Google, stated on the Official Google Reader Blog that “we will soon retired Google Reader.”  This immediate outcry from Reader fan-base ranged from the passionate to some who may not have cared.  I would be in the “not care” category only because I never took the time to find out what a RSS reader could accomplish.


The following is Alan Green’s post and is taken from the blog mentioned in the previous paragraph:

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.



Reader Replacement

Let me clarify before we continue. I’ve known of RSS but never took invested the time to learn how to effectively use them. I had a Google Reader account but didn’t care too much for the interface.  My entry into the world of blogging signaled an increase in the quantity of blogs I read daily and the natural evolution of the increase was accompanied by the need of a service to centralize all those feeds.

RSS was needed but the most favored, it seemed, of all readers was shutting down. This would seem like the worst of times to begin using a reader but, in fact, it was the opposite. The void that would be left by Google Reader’s departure began quickly filling with replacements even before the shutdown actually occurs.

This need is how I discovered Feedly.


FeedlyButtonFeedly is, by all accounts, heir apparent to Google Reader on social media.  I’ve used Feedly for about a month and the service is amazingly efficient, easy to use and an excellent way to collect stories from a variety of sources. I recommend Feedly if you are new to RSS readers or looking for a replacement. 

Hootsuite Syndicator


I use Hootsuite as a social media dashboard and it serves as a key tool in my social media system.  It is user-friendly and, other than a wish for an update to the overall UI, I am very happy with it.  The new Hootsuite Syndicator would most likely be best suited for someone who only uses Hootsuite and does not use other services in conjunction with it.  Please note that I’ve not had the opportunity to use it myself and the above statement is based on assumption. 

Other Alternatives

There are other alternatives and some of those are:

  • The choice not to use an RSS reader after today.

  • The Old Reader

  • Digg Reader (I tried it and found it to be similar to Feedly but with fewer options.)

  • AOL Reader 


Join The Conversation

  • Feb 3 Posted 3 years ago Jon Thomas

    I wasn't really a user of Google Reader (I was in the distant past but not anymore. I like feedly and for lesser urgent matters I just keep a few RSS lists on my page.

  • Jul 30 Posted 3 years ago Gautam Sampathkumar

    Hi Guys,

    If what you want is the ability to skim large #s of headlines, organize lots of feeds, label them, tag articles for later reading in one fast unobtrusive "no magazine layout" reader, SwarmIQ is your choice.
    Sign up at , click on the Google reader icon to get all your feeds, and get up and running straight away.
    Disclosure: I'm on the team that built this site :-) Also, we don't have "Google Alerts" type functionality yet.

  • kylemj6977's picture
    Jul 3 Posted 3 years ago kylemj6977

    Mark, you could not have said it ANY better!  I am happy to feed Feedly, too!

  • Jul 2 Posted 3 years ago Cosmin Molea

    Hi Kyle, did you find some time to try Hinto ?

    Can you please give me some feedback on the app? I would highly appreciate it!


  • Jul 2 Posted 3 years ago Mark Rasdall

    I totally agree Kyle. I also used Google Reader, both directly and via Flipboard on my iPad and it was fine - it fetched what I asked it to fetch. When I got notice of the 'retirement' I also looked at alternatives such as Feedcat and RSS Owl but then found Feedly (ironically using Google Search!) and absolutely love having new display and category options. I'm happy to feed Feedly.

  • kylemj6977's picture
    Jul 2 Posted 3 years ago kylemj6977

    Thanks for the reply.  I will certainly give a look.

  • Jul 1 Posted 3 years ago Cosmin Molea
    For news reading, you can also use It's a highly visual web app that allows you to select which websites contents to keep up with.

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