With Google Reader closing down in just a few days, I have had lots of questions regarding where to switch to. I have waited until the last minute because there is innovation going on at a rapid pace as other competitors suddenly see opportunity.
The answer of which feed reader to use really depends. I am going to imagine there are two sorts of people in the world. The first are people who read feeds casually as they read the news. They don’t care if they miss a bit and they trawl less than 100 posts per day. Those people should probably move to Flipboard (if they use a mobile device or tablet for reading) or Multiplx if reading from a browser. They both use a magazine like format so it makes it similar to reading the news.
The second are people like me who read hundreds of posts a day from hundreds of feeds and don’t really want to miss anything. They also want to be able to share stuff easily and manage things for blogging, etc. I waited to dry the new Digg Reader and sadly, it isn’t ready for prime time. For these types of people, Feedly dominates. It allows you to replicate the Google Reader experience for the most part but also has some other features that making sharing and keeping things to read later easily. It has its own mobile apps but also will integrate with Reeder. They key thing it does that is technically hard is synchronise your reading across devices and platforms. This is essential if you move around during the course of the day as I do. I know others have subscribed to NewsBlur as an alternative but it didn’t appeal to me.
One caveat on Feedly is that it doesn’t yet allow to export your feeds. So you will want to export your Google Reader feeds directly as well as use Feedly’s seamless transition process. But this lack of openness should give us some pause. So some hedging is a good idea. Who knows what great option might appear in the future that will dominate all of these.
Anyhow, that is my two cents worth on this. If you want to read a broader review, this is a good article.