We’re all seriously bummed about Google Reader shutting down. However, while its departure does leave a big RSS-shaped hole in the universe, there are others news reading apps and services out there stepping up to replace it with syncing features and easy import tools to keep you organised. In this week’s Hive Five, we’re going to highlight five of the best, based on your nominations.
We offered up a list of Google Reader alternatives the same day news of the closure broke, but it’s worth revisiting the topic with the benefit of reader input. The services highlighted below all emulate the best features of Reader itself: syncing, multi-platform, web-accessible. There are many more options out there (make the case for your favourite in the comments), but these are all solid choices.
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Honourable mentions this week go out to TinyTinyRSS, a self-hosted RSS reading app that allows you to grab your feeds on any system, as long as you have a web host and you’re comfortable installing and setting it up. The Since there’s a Tiny Tiny RSS Android client to go with it, it’s worth a look. Plus, it’s free and open source, which means at the end of the day you own your feeds and your data, and it won’t shut down on you.
We should also remind everyone that Google Reader isn’t going anywhere just yet; the service doesn’t shut down until July 1, which gives plenty of time for new options to emerge. Many of the popular apps will roll their own syncing agent and try to stay alive in a post Google Reader-universe. Reeder, our favourite news reader for Mac and iOS, has already it is working on something, as is Feedly. Sadly, FeedDemon, our favourite for Windows, says the end of Google Reader is the end for it too.
Know of another alternative we haven’t discussed yet? Tell us in the comments.