Top 5 Google Reader Alternatives Reviewed by PageTraffic Buzz

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Google Reader, the RSS feed service that was introduced in 2005 has been officially shut down by Google. Post-announcement, users are aggressively hunting for alternatives, which are at par with Google Reader standards.

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The closure news has upset the tech community but there are plenty of alternatives available to manage the havoc. Feedly, Digg Reader, Pulse, Newsblur are currently ruling the charts.

1st July 2013, marked the last day of one of the most popular products from Google i.e. Google Reader. The RSS news reader introduced in 2005 was discontinued by Google, which left its loyal users worried and looking out for alternatives. The pronouncement to discontinue Google Reader was first made in March and "declined usage" was marked as the reason behind the decision.

“The closure news has upset the tech community but there are plenty of alternatives available to manage the havoc. Feedly, Digg Reader, Pulse, Newsblur are currently ruling the charts”, said, Navneet Kaushal, Editor of PageTraffic Buzz, the leading search and social media blog.

While a number of companies are proactive in offering a Google Reader alternative, subscribers have already shortlisted their favourites. Here are the top 5 Google Reader alternatives that PageTraffic Review Team has compiled:

1.    Feedly: Also described as the "heir apparent" to Google Reader's throne, Feedly is appreciated for the ample choices it offers for customizing the appearance. Moreover, as many as 500,000 new users were seen subscribing to Feedly, within 48 hours of the news of closure of Google Reader.

2.    Digg Reader: Digg Reader is clean and simple. It can show trending articles and makes sharing of applications easier.

3.    Pulse: It is the right RSS reader for users who want to get a visually enhanced and magazine feel in their reading experience.

4.    Newsblur: The RSS reader allows users to follow 64 sites and also shows a short snippet, revealing more than a few words on the article.

5.    AOL: The latest entrant offers multiple views ranging from traditional list to a look similar to Microsoft Outlook email client. Readers can share stories on social networking sites and also star stories for later reading.

Discussing the RSS feeds tools currently available, Navneet said, “Feedly is doing a great job so far. It is supporting more than 12 million users and over 32 million feeds. But, what worries me here is, will these companies be able to provide what exactly consumers are looking for through a free service? Engineering changes like increasing server count, improving data management, growing in terms of team etc. might demand for monetization in the near future. However, at present, I would say that there's no dearth of good RSS Readers but it will take time to cover up for the loss we have incurred with discontinuation of Google Reader”.

Google Reader was loved for its simplicity and great functionalities. But, post-March announcement, Google made it easier for subscribers to move the list of their favourite sites to another service and the rivals too opened up doors to accept those feeds. It is interesting to see how newcomers in the RSS feeds industry are focusing on serving customers oriented content. The demise of Google Reader from the RSS world can also be seen as an opportunity for other companies to steal the space and consumers to try out new ways of getting news feeds on their devices.

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