All The Google Reader Replacements Are Still Ironing Out The Kinks

The transition to alternative RSS readers started out quite well.

I used Feedly and YoleoReader for a while, before I started to run into some back-end issues.

To give another alternative a go, after reading an interesting piece in Wired about Digg Reader, I imported my Google Takeout data and have been using that for the past few weeks.

It’s quite clear that they’re all still ironing out kinks. I’m constantly frustrated with some feeds updating promptly and others taking ages to show up. When you are an OCD content consumer who operates a zero inbox, these things matter deeply!

One of the biggest advantages Google Reader had was it could piggy back on the the biggest web crawler. This meant that feed updates came through pretty much as they occurred.

Digg Reader is still getting there. But I’m still not happy about my RSS consumption. I’ve dumped a lot of blogs, set up some filters in TweetDeck, subscribed to email newsletters which I’d previously avoided and tried to write more of my own stuff.

I chop and change between Digg Reader, YoleoReader and Feedly. To catch up I just click “mark all as read”. I’m hoping that YoleoReader works out because it is the clear underdog.

One positive to come out of all things content consumption change is that I’ve slashed the number of blogs I subscribe to and have removed “dead blogs”. I can’t help thinking that there’s a better way than RSS feeds.

Here’s A Quick Way To Replace Google Reader

Google Reader is getting shut down. I thought it was the end of the world. But thankfully there are at least two awesome alternatives to replace Google Reader with.

If you cruise over to their sites you’ll be up and running in no time.

  1. Feedly, which I am using as my RSS feed workbench of sorts, lets you choose different themes and imports all of your feeds automatically.
  2. YoleoReader, which I am using occasionally because I think the design is amazing, also imports all of your feeds automatically.

Google has really stuffed up by taking Google Reader offline. I recommend diversifying your RSS reader just in case your new favourite dies. I currently alternate between them and go “mark all as read” to catchup with the other one.

I don’t subscribe to lots of blogs but I read pretty much everything that comes through my RSS feeds. Using Tweetdeck is no replacement at all in terms of how I consume content.

They literally had almost every thought leader who matters around the world and access to all of the content they consumed via RSS feeds, and didn’t take advantage of that.

Google Reader getting killed is what happens when corporations get massive. Innovation and cool products get destroyed in the service of the corporation.

I am very happy with Feedly and sometimes YoleoReader – I suggest you try them out and quick – 1 July is the kill date for Google Reader.