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March 15, 2018 11:31 AM   Subscribe

Digg Reader (like Google Reader before it) is shutting down, what reader would you recommend I replace it with? Or should I even try? Are RSS feed readers becoming a thing of the past?
posted by patheral to Computers & Internet (25 answers total) 11 users marked this as a favorite
After a period of experimentation after Google Reader shut down, I've used Inoreader for years without a problem. I would highly recommend them.
posted by crazy with stars at 11:34 AM on March 15, 2018 [3 favorites]

I've been happy with Feedly.
posted by zamboni at 11:44 AM on March 15, 2018 [27 favorites]

The two I'm playing with and trying to decide between are Feedly and The Old Reader.
posted by kbuxton at 11:48 AM on March 15, 2018

Newsblur gets my vote. Been using it since Reader shuttered (after a stop at The Old Reader for a week or two).
posted by deezil at 11:59 AM on March 15, 2018 [6 favorites]

Seconding Inoreader.
posted by NotMyselfRightNow at 12:01 PM on March 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

I just passed a year using Bazqux, and I've been very happy with it - It's very close to Google Reader, and it doesn't have all the extra *stuff* that Feedly has.
posted by sagc at 12:05 PM on March 15, 2018

I use Feedly extensively, it's basically my homepage. I tried The Old Reader when it was first announced and didn't get on with it, but YMMV.
posted by parm at 12:05 PM on March 15, 2018

Newsblur for sure.
posted by thatone at 12:09 PM on March 15, 2018

I played around with several when Google shut down reader. Inoreader works great for me. From the ones I had tried it was the closest to Google reader and basically completely faded into the background during use.
posted by a non mouse, a cow herd at 12:15 PM on March 15, 2018

My friends and I use theoldreader.com because it is a pretty close approximation of Google reader in the sharing and commenting parts of that site.

I also use it mostly to read my web comics!
posted by Grither at 12:19 PM on March 15, 2018 [1 favorite]

Five years ago rolled my own with Tiny Tiny RSS
posted by ringu0 at 12:33 PM on March 15, 2018

Nthing Newsblur. I've been a paying member since Google Reader shut down and I've been very happy with it.
posted by zebra at 12:34 PM on March 15, 2018

Agree on Newsblur. The developer regularly adds nifty new stuff.
posted by Chrysostom at 12:39 PM on March 15, 2018

I actually use Feedly at work, for sourcing/curating articles for my company's daily email newsletter. I was also a Google Reader refugee, and I haven't used anything other than Feedly since.
posted by Strange Interlude at 12:44 PM on March 15, 2018

Thirding or fourthing Inoreader.
posted by WCityMike at 12:51 PM on March 15, 2018

If you prefer something running on your machine Thunderbird works fine as an RSS reader, with the added bonus that nobody is going to shut down the service on you.
posted by COD at 1:06 PM on March 15, 2018

Yeah, I too moved to inoreader.
posted by DoveBrown at 1:35 PM on March 15, 2018

I did feedly.com for awhile but now on ino reader happily.
posted by k8t at 1:56 PM on March 15, 2018

Inoreader is great. It's even better when you find out what pressing W does.
posted by General Malaise at 2:21 PM on March 15, 2018

Feedly is my tool and I hardly miss Google Reader. I have a few RSS feeds for which I need an immediate notification, so I put them in the RSS channel at IFTTT and set it to email me. It is certainly not perfect, but I usually get an email whenever the feed has a new post. This is best done with low volume feeds, but there is a daily digest option for the busier ones.
posted by soelo at 2:36 PM on March 15, 2018

Thanks y'all. I looked at feedly back when and switched to Digg awhile ago -- I think because feedly kept bugging me to upgrade? I forget; it's been awhile. I'll look at all of your suggestions, including maybe extensions for Chrome (thanks for the idea, COD).
posted by patheral at 3:24 PM on March 15, 2018

I switched from Digg Reader to Newsblur.
posted by michaelh at 4:02 PM on March 15, 2018

I am unsurprised to hear Digg us screwing its users again. At least you got a heads-up this time.

Anyway, as a longtime Google Reader superfan I was gutted when it closed, but Feedly has proven to be a capable alternative. It gets regular major feature updates, like a recent mute function for keywords and an inactive feed finder, and their tech support is highly responsive. The one downside is that some advanced features require a paid subscription, but that just helps ensure the service is sustainable long after the "free" services shut down. (Personally, I lunged at the $99 lifetime subscription when it was on offer a few years ago -- it's paid for itself many times over since!)
posted by Rhaomi at 1:35 AM on March 16, 2018 [1 favorite]

I use Feedbin and I've been very happy with it. It also works in the Reeder iOs app.
posted by torridly at 11:31 AM on March 16, 2018

I switched from Google Reader to Digg Reader and now Inoreader. Going for a few days, liking it so far. Set your view to "expanded" and it looks and acts a lot like Digg Reader.

I tried out Feedly during the initial switch from Google Reader and got upset with the "you should read this (likely paid) article" additions they decided to insert into my feeds.
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