Replacements for Google Reader - Tips to Keep Your RSS in Control
by Alex Billington
July 1, 2013
A Public Service Announcement from FirstShowing. We know many of our readers have subscribed to our RSS feed in Google Reader for a long time, but today is the day it shuts down forever. If anyone is looking for good suggestions for new RSS readers and other places to manage your feeds and favorite websites, we've put together a mini guide. Thankfully the web is a smart and innovative place, and many alternatives have popped up in the last few months, some even better than Google Reader ever was. First and foremost we suggest Feedly, which has FS highlighted as featured under "Cinema". Even more replacements below.
Here is our main news feed URL to subscribe to with any RSS reader: firstshowing.net/feed/
In the past, we've been using multiple Feedburner feeds for our RSS. These feeds do still work and are the exact same, though we're expecting Google to phase out Feedburner soon following the shut down of Google Reader. To prepare for that transition, we suggest replacing or using the new URL for our RSS located at /feed/. Here are some of our best suggestions for online RSS reader replacements to switch over to today:
Feedly - "Speed. Openness. Creativity." The best RSS replacement we've found. Feedly's engineering team has completely rebuilt a cloud system to replace Google Reader with an incredibly sleek and modern interface for managing your feeds. Not only does it look great and work great on the web, but Feedly makes apps for all devices and integrates with a wide range of other mobile RSS apps (find all of them listed here). Right now they're the top of the line when it comes to RSS readers and we hope they continue to innovate and stay fresh after this big transition. Check them out and start the "One-click Google Reader Import."
The Old Reader - Billed as "the ultimate social RSS reader", one of many attempts to replicate Google Reader's original service. While they say it's still in beta, it's designed to "browse your daily dose of content with that very special bit shared by your friends, with notes and comments." The only issue is feeds need to be important from an OPML file, which might be hard to get now since Google Reader is shut down. Nonetheless, another worthy alternative.
Digg Reader - The veteran social network (under new ownership) built this in response to Google Reader shutting down. "We’ve been planning to build a reader in the second half of 2013, one that, like Digg, makes the Internet a more approachable and digestible place." They put it together and launched it quickly and now it's available. The interface is streamlined and focuses mostly on organizing feeds and content. They also provide a seamless import option, an iPhone app, and are taking user feedback for improvements. For more, see their blog.
NewsBlur - A veteran service featuring the tagline "bringing people together to talk about the world." Another well-designed RSS interface with real-time push updates, shared stories, social interaction and content training/filtering. They seem to be working on improving the experience with this Google Reader shut down, and will continue to cater to all the new users making the transition.
Netvibes - This is more of a "dashboard" homepage, but they've recently launched an RSS "reader" within the dashboard as a replacement for Google Reader. The premium versions cost money (which sucks), but it's a much more robust web organization service with dedicated support and customization. "A dashboard for all your apps, pics and tweets. A reader for all your real-time articles and posts. The best of both worlds. Synced across your desktop, mobile and tablet." For tips on importing your Google feeds, see their blog.
g2reader - Yet another service offering an exact Google Reader replacement, with similar features and layout. "Keep in touch with the sites that you visit, read them in one place – it is as easy as checking your email." It's not our favorite option for managing your feeds, but it is simple for those who just want something basic that works.
Hopefully everyone's transition ends up hassle free. The shut down has definitely made an impact and we're already seeing RSS evolve yet again with this big change. We'll continue to keep our RSS feeds updated and will always be on top of major technological and/or internet changes that affect this website. Please let us know if you are using another RSS reader alternative that deserves to be mentioned, or tell us about other ways to keep up with FirstShowing's daily content (if you're not already following us on Twitter or Facebook or Google+ or Tumblr or anything else). If anyone notices any issues with our RSS feed, please get in touch.