Note: This post is a running list and will continue to be updated with new options and evolving opinions.
What is this for? Those looking for the best possible RSS reader to replace Google Reader.
Google Reader shutting down on July 1st. While we still agree with David Sparks that most users should sit tight, we want to start getting our head around the alternatives. This list is not meant to be compressive. It’s meant to highlight what we believe to be the best options and who we think would benefit most from each alternative. We expect that more options will continue to make their way onto this list, but we’re currently considering the following Google Reader alternatives:
Who is it for? – Feedly is a great looking service that is ideal for those looking to close the gap between Google Reader and a read-later service like Instapaper or Pocket.
What we like – Great design, lots of users (over three million of them) and it’s seen several recent updates.
What we don’t like – It’s free and we all know what happened to the last free option. That said, the team has hinted at a freemium model.
Price – Free
Who is it for? – Feedbin seems to be the best option for those who are not looking for a better way to handle RSS. Where Feedly has more of a unique point of view, Feedbin is a comfortable replacement to what we already have.
What we like – Reeder for iPhone integration. A decent looking app. A business model.
What we don’t like – While it’s getting a good amount of attention, it may be a bit too familiar…
Price? – $20 per year or $2 per month
Who is it for? – https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/feed-wrangler/id634486174?mt=8 is a great option for those who are mostly happy with what RSS has been, but are curious and optimistic about where it can go.
What we like – A great developer. A well thought out and nice looking design. There are also interesting features such as the ability to mark several posts as read at once using keyword filtering.
What we don’t like – It’s still very early days and the vision isn’t entirely clear yet (don’t get us wrong, we’re curious about the Podcast client, just not sure we want one service to do it all).
Price – $18.99 per year
Who is it for? – Since Fever requires that you host the service yourself, it’s only a viable option for geeks with their own hosting.
What we like – Fever is damn pretty, well established and offers unique features. It has Reeder for iPhone integration and it’s Hot list – a features which helps identify and consolidate the most commonly shared links – is enough to figure out how to get this thing up and running.
What we don’t like – The need for hosting is certainly a limiting factor, but it’s the fact that Fever will come second to creator Shawn Inman’s Retro Game Crunch that has us worried.
Price – $30 (a one time fee) plus self-hosting
What Are We Doing?
Schechter – I’m still using Google Reader at the moment, but I’m leaning towards Feedbin. It’s comfortable and requires no major change to my current workflow. I’m also interested to see where Feed Wrangler goes. Feedly isn’t for me and Fever, while tempting, doesn’t seem worth it to me.
Vardy – I’m still using Google Reader as well, but I’ve also added Feed Wrangler to the mix so I can give it a good run. I’d rather be into something now then play with Fever. I do like Feedbin – especially the Reeder for iPhone integration – but Feed Wrangler offers me an all-in-one solution right now…and that’s what attracts me the most.