With Google Reader shutting down, we walk you through the best RSS feed reader alternatives
Google Reader was a real game changer when it first launched back in 2005. Although it arrived later than many of its rivals, it quickly proved itself to be the
RSS feed reader
of choice for many. Available on a wide variety of devices, from PCs, smartphones and even game consoles, the highly configurable Google Reader was the RSS service to use for all the latest news and information.
All of that is coming to an end today, however, as the search engine giant closes its reader service forever in attempt to refocus its resources elsewhere. Announced a few months ago, this is devastating news for its tens of millions of users. Yet as the old saying goes, for every door that closes, a new one opens, and the news sparked a mad scramble amongst its competitors - all eager to seize the chance to welcome the market leader’s discarded masses.
So what are the alternatives? There are plenty to choose from, and whittling them down to the most promising five was a hard task indeed, but we decided to do the hard work for you and rank the five best RSS feed readers below. We also throw in a couple promising readers to look forward to in the future.
What's your favorite RSS feed reader? Let us know in the comments!
5. NetVibes: NetVibes is highly customizable and packed with features. Multiple tabs mean you can arrange your feeds into separate topics and it's really easy to organize. The program’s speed is the most impressive feature here as it adds content fast. The only real downside is that the interface can get a little messy when you have too many feeds, but don’t let that put you off on one of the best RSS readers on the market.