If RSS stresses you out, or you’re just looking for a new way to follow sites in the wake of Google Reader’s demise, Nextly offers a more casual, TV-like interface to flip through all of the articles on your favourite sites.
Nextly could be described as a less pretty but more efficient version of Flipboard. Once you log in to Nextly, you can browse through the posts and links that your friends have shared on Facebook and Twitter by tapping the right arrow key. Nextly also offers feed from a lot of websites in a variety of categories, and allows you to scroll through all of their articles with the same interface. Like RSS, you can scroll through every article posted to the sites, but by forgoing an unread count, I find the reading experience much more relaxing. Full article pages load up seemingly instantly with each tap of the right arrow key, so you can sift through a lot of content quickly until you find something you want to read.
Nextly isn’t without its flaws though. Most notably, you can’t add your own favourite sites, so this isn’t going to completely replace your newsreader. However, it will load up full articles linked in your Twitter feed, so you could make a Twitter list with any sites that aren’t included by default in Nextly. The service is also web-only for now, so it’s a desktop-only experience. Despite these limitations, Nextly is a cool take on what a post-Google Reader world could look like, and worth checking out if you’re jumping off the RSS train.