You’ve probably heard by now that Google is sunsetting Google Reader, the service that many lovers of blogs and news sites used to subscribe to those blogs and news sites. I tried a few different potential Google Reader replacements over the weekend and found one that I like a lot.
Even though Google Reader will still be around until July 1, I figured I might as well start getting used to the replacement now. That replacement is Feedly, and here’s what it looks like:
You can see that it pretty much just looks like a fancier version of Google Reader. (Note: By default, Feedly displays new items not in a list as shown in the screenshot above, but as tiles in a magazine-style layout. You can change how the articles are displayed by clicking the gear icon in the top-right corner.)
You log in to Feedly with your Google account, and your Google Reader feeds will automatically be there in Feedly when you open it up. What good does that do if Google Reader is not long for this world? According to the Feedly blog,
“We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end.”
Assuming Google App Engine stays around, this sounds like a good solution.
I also tried The Old Reader and NewsBlur, but Feedly is my personal favorite so far. It’s not perfect, though. I wish the text of the folders and feeds on the left side of the screen there were a bit larger, and I wish I could change the color of that text (from light gray to white) so that there’s more contrast. But apart from that, I’m a fan. I especially like how you can have it show only the unread items. I like that a lot.
So what do you think? Are you bummed about Google Reader shutting down? Have you tried any other alternatives? Do you subscribe to RSS feeds?