Back in March of 2013, Google announced the closing of Google Reader in what they called a Spring Cleaning. Google Reader was a way that you could manage your RSS subscriptions. It’s no surprise that Google is closing yet another handy service with the same excuse that they believed the service was losing a following and no longer needed.
So, what about all those site’s you subscribed to? Are they gone? Will this closing effect your site?
NO, they are not gone not yet. You can download them at Google Takeout until midday on July 15, 2013. After you download the file, unzip it and use the XML file for subscription in any reader you want to use. It might just effect your site. Kimberly Castleberry covers some fears about the Google Reader closing.
So, now that Google Reader has closed there are several alternatives.
Google actually lists a page for alternatives for Google Reader within their closing message.
Google Reader Alternatives
These are my top two picks for Google Reader alternatives. I really am a person that needs something simple as I have a lot of things I am doing.
Feedly actually has a Google login and the design is very simple, clean, and free. Some of the features include that is responsive for mobile use, and allows you to share on social networks.
Digg Reader is free, and aside from being able to sign in with your Digg account, it allows you to sign in with either Twitter, Facebook, and Google. It also has a clean and simple design like Feedly.
These other Google Reader alternatives that I have looked and tried, that are free and decent:
If you would like more details on Google Reader alternatives, Kristi Hines at Kikolani shares 12 Google Reader Alternatives to Consider.
Have you downloaded your Google Reader subscription list yet? Are you already using a different RSS reader and if so, what is it and why did you choose it?