If you’re still looking for a Google Reader replacement, time is running out! We’ve listed some alternatives, but Feedspot is a new contender that offers a simple web app for reading the news, sub-feeds for tags, starred items, favourites and lots of social features for sharing stories with friends.
Once you’ve created an account, you can either import your subscriptions.xml file from Google Takeout, or you can just tell Feedspot to log in to Reader and grab your feeds. It’s a one-click process (and Feedspot doesn’t ask for any more permissions than it needs to grab your subscriptions).
Once your feeds are imported, you’re dropped at the home page — your feeds and folders are on the left, and unread articles are on the right. Keyboard shortcuts make browsing and reading feeds easy (click the drop-down next to your profile icon to see them all).
The service supports sharing via Twitter and Facebook. If you’re a Gold user (more on that in a moment) you get Instapaper, Pocket, Evernote, Buffer, Readability and Evernote. You can publish starred articles, favourites or share stories individually. Beyond reading your feeds, sharing stories and connecting with friends, Feedspot also allows Gold users to generate custom sub-feeds for any category of articles you choose, like your starred articles, shared articles, or articles in a specific folder or category.
Feedspot isn’t perfect — there are no mobile apps (although visiting Feedspot on your phone gives you a functional mobile version of the site), and while the service is free, some of the best features are only available to “Gold” users (including the sharing and sub-feed features we mentioned, along with faster feed updates and priority support), which you only become by referring 10 of your friends to sign up. Either way, it’s worth a look if you’re still searching for a replacement. Hit the link below to try it out.