So Google has ruined everything and shut down Google Reader.

After the initial stages of shock, denial, anger and now acceptance I have decided that this is both good and bad. First, The good. Google and Google reader’s users have become really complacent about RSS in general. Its become something that noone talks about. You either use it, or you don’t. And if you don’t, you dont put your RSS links into your header!

Google shutting down Google Reader could be just what poor old forgotten RSS needs. A reboot. This could be the thing that brings RSS back into the limelight, suddenly people are going to be looking for alternatives, posting about them, creating them and non Google Reader folks are gonna be like, “hey, everyones talking about this RSS thingy, lets get involved” I’m going to call this the RenaiSSance or the RSSnaissance!

It could also mean that perhaps Google has some new wizardry up is sleeve or most likely that it wants to push Google+ as the new go to news source, and encourage publishers to post their ‘feeds’ there so people can subscribe there.

The bad. My life is over and now I have to find alternatives. That really is the main objection most people have. Its a (somewhat expected although we didn’t want to believe it) disruption to our daily routines and we now all have to start finding alternatives or change our flow.

Its worth noting that we don’t have to stick to the same old RSS process. You could start to use sites like Hacker News, Reddit, Slashdot, Twitter, Storify , Prismatic, Pinboard and Google+ as your go to news sources. You just wont be able to contribute as much and publishers are going to have to be really on the ball when it comes to where they start posting their content.

Personally I like to have control over who I subscribe to!

I’ve done a quick Google/Scout around to find some alternatives which I will look into tonight, but maybe some of you can get a head start and let me know which ones are the best!

skim
http://skim.me/
A visual feed prioritized by how much time you have & what you’re in the mood for.

backstitch
http://backstit.ch/
makes your personal web connected|organised|beautiful

intigi
https://intigi.com/start (paid)
Accelerate your Content Marketing. Quickly find and share the most valuable content in one easy-to-use platform.

rssminer
http://rssminer.net/demo (open source: https://github.com/shenfeng/rssminer)
Yet another free RSS reader

skimfeed
http://skimfeed.com/
Tech News Aggregator

fever
http://www.feedafever.com/
Your current feed reader is full of unread items. You’re hesitant to subscribe to any more feeds because you can’t keep up with your existing subs. Maybe you’ve even abandoned feeds altogether.
Fever takes the temperature of your slice of the web and shows you what’s hot.

sunstroke
https://goneeast.com/sunstroke/ (iPhone app to work with Fever above)
Sunstroke is the first iPhone and iPod touch app designed to work with Shaun Inman’s Fever°. Sunstroke syncs with your current installation of Fever and gives you full access to all of your feeds, hot links, and saved items. It is the best way to use Fever on your iPhone or iPod touch.

protopage
http://www.protopage.com/
Protopage is your own personal page, which you can access from any computer or mobile phone.
Use it to read your own selection of news and blogs, keep bookmarks, to-do lists, sticky notes, and much more.

memamsa
http://memamsa.com/start/gr
memamsa lets you create your take on topics of interest.

viafeeds
http://signup.viafeeds.com/
Reliable, awesome news feed app

theoldreader
http://theoldreader.com/
Welcome to The Old Reader, the ultimate social RSS reader. It’s just like the old google reader, only better.

rssowl
http://rssowl.org/ (open source: http://sourceforge.net/projects/rssowl/)
RSSOwl is a free and powerful news feed reader. RSSOwl lets you gather, organize and search news in a convenient, easy to use interface with endless flexibility.

feedly
http://feedly.com/
The better way to organize, read and share the content of your favorite sites.

feedbin
https://feedbin.me/ (paid $2 /mo)
A fast, simple RSS feed reader that delivers a great reading experience.

ttrss
http://tt-rss.org/ (open source: https://github.com/gothfox/Tiny-Tiny-RSS)
Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source web-based news feed (RSS/Atom) reader and aggregator, designed to allow you to read news from any location, while feeling as close to a real desktop application as possible.

newsmaven
http://beta.newsmaven.co/
Rockin’ RSS for News Addicts

feedreader
https://feedreader.co/
A place for your favorite people online

netnewswire
http://netnewswireapp.com/ (mac/iphone/ipad app)
More news. Less junk. Faster

frontpage
http://www.frontpageapp.com/ (android app)
Browse News and Social feeds from your Lock Screen. No inputting passwords. No fumbling through multiple apps.
And its all 100% free!

rivers
http://rivers.silverkeytech.com/ (android app)
Android Rivers Fast River of News style RSS reader

 

 

And some neat ones I came across for sites that don’t have RSS. 


http://imnosy.com/
Get notified when your bookmarks are updated!

http://page2rss.com/
Page2RSS is a service that helps you monitor web sites that do not publish feeds. It will check any web page for updates and deliver them to your favorite RSS reader.