Bloglines replacement that isn't GReader or Netvibes
September 12, 2010 2:03 AM   Subscribe

Now that Bloglines is shutting down I need to find a new online feed reader for my secondary (entertainment) feeds. I already use Google Reader for work related feeds and like to keep my two streams uncrossed so I can avoid drifting off into entertainment land. What are the best other online feed readers?

I've just taken a look at netvibes and there is so much widget cruft/spamvertising in the initial setup that I am not very interested in continuing with it.

Basically, I want the same features I have in google reader and bloglines including feed import as well. I'm also not interested in offline readers as I switch between several computers and operating systems throughout the day.
posted by srboisvert to Computers & Internet (18 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
Nothing compares to Greader. Just make a separate GMail account for entertainment.
posted by lakerk at 2:17 AM on September 12, 2010

Piggybacking on lakerk's answer: You can sign into multiple Google Reader screen-names simultaneously, switching between the different accounts using a simple dropdown menu. It will let you maintain two separate RSS set-ups with their own subscriptions and folder hierarchy.
posted by Rhaomi at 2:40 AM on September 12, 2010

Response by poster: I really do love GReader as well but I pulled my entertainment feeds out for a reason. I don't want to make a second account because I use things like leechblock when I really need to focus so I can block my access to distractions but I still maintain my work related reading.

I've played around with Netvibes a bit more and that looks like it might be an acceptable Bloglines replacement once you switch from the widget view to a reader view and set it to expanded mode.

I'd still like to hear about some other options though.
posted by srboisvert at 2:49 AM on September 12, 2010

I'm a user of Netvibes & GReader, and I like them both for different scenarios. But, if you would like a different alternative, I'd suggest at searching Google for Bloglines and clicking the 'similar' link beneath the results. It revealed quite a few alternative solutions.
posted by vincentv at 3:30 AM on September 12, 2010

I'm in the exact same situation as srboisvert and second his opinion of why a second GReader won't work for me. While googling helps, it'd be nice to get user feedback and recommendations
posted by The Lady is a designer at 9:19 AM on September 12, 2010

I bought Fever and really like it. You'll need to install and update it on your own, but it's rather pretty and works well.
posted by dominik at 12:30 PM on September 12, 2010

Is that only an iPhone app or is there anything still left out there on the internets for those few of us who are not using this phone?
posted by The Lady is a designer at 1:03 PM on September 12, 2010

Yeah, I guess the page is misleading, it's actually a self-hosted web app that also happens to be pretty on an iPhone. I'm using it through Firefox and it works just nice.
posted by dominik at 3:06 AM on September 13, 2010

I am absolutely addicted to bloglines and am in a small panic to find a replacement too. I do not like google reader because of the need to actively specify 'Mark all items read', and I don't want to see articles I've read and already marked.

I just loaded up 'Fastladder' and while slow, the look, feel and function seem pretty close to Bloglines.You have the option of the feed being marked as read either immediately, or when moving on to the next feed.

If anyone finds anything better, I hope I hear about it in this thread!
posted by exparrot at 12:00 PM on September 13, 2010

Oddly, I've really liked the RSS feeder embedded in my Flock browser for fashion oriented/art feeds. Greader for everything else though.
posted by medea42 at 12:04 PM on September 13, 2010

Seconding srboisvert on Netvibes - I was a Bloglines user for years and have been so much happier with Netvibes. NOT using the widget view, though! The reader views have "Read it Later" options much like the Pin option on Bloglines.
posted by BubbleWrap at 5:49 AM on September 14, 2010

Response by poster: A few notes since I switched from Bloglines to Netvibes:
-Netvibes is a bit slow - too much fancy pants javascript, doesn't always load the images in feeds (tastespotting seems to be a problem) and also it doesn't do a good job of updating the item counts in the left pane treeview.
-Bloglines appears to have stopped showing me about 20 of my feeds despite those feeds being updated regularly. Thinking back this seems to have been going on for many months if not longer.
posted by srboisvert at 1:16 PM on September 16, 2010

Response by poster: More notes:

I am going to ditch Netvibes because it consistently shows me items I have already viewed. Over and over and sometimes reloads entire feeds (and no the bloggers didn't update their templates).

Still looking for a replacement....
posted by srboisvert at 7:42 AM on September 21, 2010

Only ten days to go, I'm worried about no replacement. Did google buy them or what? (sorry been off the grid and wondering if GReader is becoming default by no choice)
posted by The Lady is a designer at 9:53 AM on September 21, 2010 is an interesting alternative to traditional feed readers. Smart tags use a few examples you've identified to automatically find info on the same topic, showing items you may be interested in, as they are published. You get a continuous stream of items on your topics without having to slog through a ton of stuff you don't care about. winnowTag is reading 7,400 feeds daily, retaining 650k items for 90 days. You can add feeds (it supports OPML), also you can publish any tag as a feed. There's more info at
posted by sawtelle at 9:35 AM on October 4, 2010

Response by poster: Bloglines isn't going away. Phew.
posted by srboisvert at 11:35 AM on November 7, 2010

But will merchantcircle inundate us with free coupons instead? (still, phew)
posted by The Lady is a designer at 12:03 PM on November 7, 2010

Response by poster: No, instead they are using Netvibes' RSS engine. Oh well. Might as well use Netvibes since my problems won't be solved by continuing with the 'new' bloglines.
posted by srboisvert at 6:41 AM on January 7, 2011

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