Last 30th of June was the last day of Google Reader. This image was in my head the entire time:

For those who, like myself, have no intention of giving up on it and the function it gives us every day, and had waited until the last minute to search for its successor, the good news is that there is still time; we can breathe 🙂

Much has already been spoken about alternatives to this vital tool for some of us, and the truth is that there are many. I must admit that, despite having temporarily forgotten today’s date and the inevitable farewell, I have been reading and trying different things.

Let’s look at some of the options:

Netvibes

  • It is free and there is a paid version.
  • It is not only a reader, as it has other options for social media: a dashboard and more. (Netvibes has evolved from when it was only a reader).
  • It is simple to use, is practical and functional. What many like about this service is the fact that they can view all headlines from their most important sites on the same screen at just a glance. This brings the consequent saving of time.
  • It enables feeds from Google Reader to be simply imported.
  • Many have always preferred it to Google Reader and will not be thinking of an alternative right now 😉

Feedly

  • This is one of the favourites.
  • Very similar to Google Reader, so there are no real differences. Super-fans of Google Reader appreciate it.
  • You will still have a mobile app, according to some.
  • It has a magazine view. However, on this, advertising is displayed.
  • It imports everything except history and has no search engine, among other things.
  • It enables feeds from Google Reader to be simply imported.

Digg Reader

  • It is said that this is serious competition for Feedly, now it has arrived.
  • It is minimalist, quick and functional.
  • Simple and intuitive.
  • The worst thing about it is that it is still relatively new, and it still has to be implemented.

AOL Reader

  • This is a beta.
  • Feeds can easily be imported.
  • Intuitive and simple to use.
  • It is possible to import feeds.
  • Social options available: share on networks.

The Old Reader

  • Minimalist, simple and functional
  • It has many things that have stayed loyal to Google Reader. They are both very similar.
  • It has notifications on Chrome and Safari
  • Folders and feeds are easily imported
  • It has a ‘loading’ icon that is super cool, as it is very similar to Pacman 😉
  • It is the best option from a more social point of view for those who seek a somewhat more social interaction: you can share things with others and follow them, as well as interact with others.

Newsblur

  • Content is displayed by default through its original websites.
  • The content is filtered in three different ways. One of them has to do with our preferences, it can be polished in such a way that it records what we liked the most depending on factors that we previously determined from among some options that we were given.
  • Feeds are displayed one by one, not by folders.

Plus…

Going beyond the pure and hard RSS, there is life. Proof of this are these alternatives that represent, if not just another step, other ways of having all information that interests us on one website

Flipboard

Pocket

The most important advice and something I always like to give in relation to tools, based on my own experience, is that we try a lot and stick to what we are most comfortable with. That is what it’s all about.

All of this is nothing more than a selection of so many other possibilities, such as the tastes and preferences almost all of us have: what is clear is that after Google Reader, there is life and so much more 🙂

Posted by alfredo

Alfredo Gómez is a natural-born entrepreneur. He has a degree in both Audiovisual Communication & Tourism, and specialised in international consulting. His passion for discovering the world gave rise to BigTranslation and JuicyPosts, a translation agency and content marketing agency specialised in e-commerce, among other sectors.

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