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6 Best Alternatives to Google Reader

So you’ve probably heard, as of early July there will be no more Google Reader. Google announced yesterday that they will be shutting down the beloved service. If you’re anything like me, this was pretty big news. I use Google Reader (along with a couple other readers) multiple times a day to keep up with the latest news and to follow my favorite bloggers.  Twitter was abuzz last night as people shared their favorite alternatives, asked questions, said their farewells to Google Reader. Here at Viralheat we wanted to capture some data on how many mentions of Google Reader appeared on social media last night. This information was from 10pm Pacific on 3/13, as you can see it was a popular topic of discussion.

So what will I do now? Find another service of course. I’ve put together a list of the best 6 alternatives to Google Reader.

1. Feedly (Free) – Available for Chrome, iPad and iPhone

Fun, stylish, and reads like a newpaper by flipping through posts as you read.

2. Feeddler (Free and a Pro version for $4.99 in the App Store) – Available iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch

Easy to navigate and to keep different feeds organized. Offers both a free and pro plan depending on the number of sources you want connect.

3. Newsblur (Free and Premium account for $1 a month) – Available for desktop, iPad and iPhone, and Android

Available on a number of platforms for ease and convenience. Premium monthly account available depending on the number of sources connected.

4. FeedDemon (Free)  – Windows Desktop Reader

Great option for a traditional desktop reader. Not available on any other devices.

5. Reeder ($2.99 in the App Store) – Available for iPhone, iPad, and Mac

Only available for Mac products but offers a great alternative in a more traditional layout.

6. Flipboard (Free) – Available for iPhone, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire, and NOOK

Very reminiscent of a magazine layout. Allows you to also follow topics of interest, popular magazines, and more.


We’d love to hear your favorite alternatives in the comments. What are your thoughts on Google shutting down Google Reader? Will you be switching the the above mentioned alternatives?


Interested in tracking mentions of a keyword, event, or phrase and gathering detailed analytics? With Viralheat you can monitor the social web, engage with your community, and review detailed analytics on the growth, sentiment, and conversation.


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