Editor’s Top Picks: A Second Round of Google Reader Replacements


Last Chance to Export Your RSS Feeds Before Google Shuts Down Reader

Google Reader is shutting down on July 1; if you haven’t been exploring new options for an RSS reader, you’re now down to the wire to get yourself re-situated with a new get-your-info-now tool. Feeling stressed?

Don’t worry about it—Firmology has compiled a second list of great Reader alternatives that should satisfy those of you soon to be in mourning for Google’s syndicate app.

Here’s another list of Firmology’s Editor’s Top Picks for RSS Readers to help you gorge yourself on all-you-can-read blogs, news, and entertainment:

Digg Reader

Digg is getting ready to launch their new reader built off of the Google Reader API. Designed as a re-homing aggregator for Reader-users-in-mourning, Digg boasts near-identical UIs and navigation with Digg-features.

Notables include: Save and share abilities, prioritizing popular unread items, and seamless migration from Google.

AOL Reader

This app is new to the game; AOL just launched their version of the RSS aggregator in response to both Google Reader’s impending grave site and Feedly’s massive jump in popularity. They decided to forgo the free CDs this time, though.

Similar to most other aggregators, AOL Reader allows for easy access and sharing, multiple UIs to suit your needs, and the much-loved ability to star and favorite specific articles.

Though this reader is still in beta, it’s definitely worth keeping on your, ahem, radar.


I use this app, along with about a billion other people, mainly because of the great UI and the ability to categorize my feed in to mini-feeds. This way, I can file my obsession with cat photos and celebrity social stumbles under a cleverly-disguised “entertainment” tab while maintaining my professional image with my “news”, “tech”, and “science” tabs.

You can also choose your own layout (similar to an adventure, but less dangerous) to suite your habits. If you prefer a more touch-friendly feed, choose the tiles. If you’re a tabloid monger, choose the magazine layout.

The Old Reader

For those who are teetering on the edge because of Google Reader’s discontinuation, have heart! The Old Reader was developed as a retro-alternative when Google redesigned/engineered Reader to what we used to know it as (RIP).

The Old Reader enables all of the old sharing and organization tools, and even has a familiar interface. How retro! However, there’s not mobile app, though they do have an API available.

This feed favors a very simple layout, so if you’re a minimalist, this is your app.


Zite is a mesh of Pinterest and the ye olde newspaper. Simplistic, accessible, and customizable, Zite learns your interests as you go and allows you to choose one of two layouts (magazine or straight feed-style).

This app is probably best suited to those who are often on the go, incredibly curious, and don’t really want to spend a lot of time super-customizing their feed.


Similar to Feedly, Taptu allows you to categorize your interests and share with your social networks. True to its name, Taptu is more touch-oriented, utilizing tiles. It would be accurate to describe this aggregator as a Pinterest-Feedly mash-up.

While you can’t customize the interface, you can still easily integrate your Google Reader feeds directly in to the mouth of Taptu.

Firmology Readers: Let’s hear your thoughts!

Don’t see the RSS aggregator you’re using listed here? Feel free to make a recommendation in the comments!

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Laura Whitener is the managing editor of Firmology, technology focused news and insight for small business owners and online entrepreneurs. Laura graduated from DePaul’s notable Master of Writing and Publishing program in Chicago. She survives on coffee, apples, and Pandora.

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