I was just about to set up my own RSS server, but that seems unnecessary now.
In the end I have moved to Yoleo, as it is a standalone web app and has a nicer interface.
But after trying a ton, I've switched to NewsBlur. Why? It's basically Google Reader done right. So many of the others try to be rather different to Reader or go overboard with 'social' features and that's not what I want, so as a near facsimile of the Reader model, NewsBlur gets my vote.
- be web based
- be cross platform (so I can use it on phone and desktop)
- be light on network and fast to load
- have simple design
- should have folders
- sort by oldest
- mark all as read (in the folder)
- be optimized for text, not pictures
- fancy design
- too much pictures
- unused empty space
- feed discovery and any "social" features
In the end, I might just as well backup my feed list for the reference, but try to live without RSS reader for a month or two, just to check do I really want to switch to another one.
In the end, I might even consider some lightweight self hosted variant.
EDIT: Thanks for the suggestions.
Those two things are mutually exclusive though, unless it's being run by someone with enough money not to care or it's self hosted.
Alternatively, "Of course, I should pay a small amount of money so I have to worry considerably less about the possibility of someone pulling the plug on it leaving me in the same situation again."
Your mileage might vary but once a service is established as important to me I'm almost keen to pay money to support it.
With The Old Reader, I get to either choose between having everything expended or a list view that only shows the first 3 or 4 words of the title on my phone.
No offense meant to The Old Reader folks, they're not obliged to please me... I'm just venting... and hoping what I want actually exists :)
"o" to open the full article in a background tab is pretty useful.
If there was a keyboard shortcut to send to pinboard it would be nearly perfect (for me).
I was initially resistant to paying for something until I realized how much value I get from a hosted RSS reader, $24 a year was a no-brainer.
I can sit back and watch people panic with smug superiority, since I never used Google Reader. I'm currently catching all of the blogosphere's latest and greatest in Mozilla Thunderbird.
Reading the comments, there are a few people who have seen the light, and are switching to (or building) desktop apps or self-hosted web apps.
Dedicated apps have been around forever, heck they owe their heritage to News Readers (before the binaries took over usenet). I have two laptops and a phone, so I couldn't use a stand-alone application for the 200 items I get a day.
As for "panic"? I didn't panic, I grieved and then found a replacement. It wasn't that hard and frankly it beats patching and maintaining myself, I have better things to do. I think that Google's decision was wrong because Reader was a good service, but I also think it has benefited many people because several companies and individuals have benefited from the fallout.
It sends you an email for every post. Combined with Gmail filters I open my Gmail RSS folder instead of a reader website/app.
It sounds bad, but I tried everything, and every single service fails at something, which makes it useless. Sometimes the android app doesnt work or can't be installed in my ancient phone, sometimes the website is unusable, sometimes the reader doesn't have enough crawling power and they completely ignore whole posts or don't update in days.
So, until I find a reader with an app that is actually usable, emails are the way.
A flow like that could also allow you to include updates from sites that don't have RSS feeds, by using a service like http://www.changedetection.com/ that watches websites and sends an email when the site changes.
It's fun to hack, and works well enough for me now. Come check it out.
Also, skeptical that Feedly will be able to thrive on their own without the Google backend. Hope I am proven dead wrong on this though!
Tried some of the others but they either choked on my subscription import (>3K feeds) or there are serious performance issues. The Old Reader truncated my Google Reader import at the letter 'H'. Yoleo UX locks up on me constantly and every click seems to enact a multi-second delay in response.
Another reader alternative tried was feedwalk.com -- again, like Yoleo, it imported all my feeds, but is plagued by performance issues.
In sum, Feedly is the only viable alternative, but the lack of search limits its value for me.
Would you mind sharing your opml (if there's nothing sensitive or that you wouldn't want to share in there)? I'm one of the developers of lector, and I'm having trouble finding people with enough feeds to put some real load on our servers.
I've put in some performance improvements to the back-end. The multi-second delay you're mentioning? I know exactly what's causing that and I just have to put the fix in place. It should be insanely snappy within the next week or so.
But the main gist is that I only read a small percentage of links. It is mostly a river I wade in, though, if I have the time, will go in-depth. It's why search is so important -- it's a "google custom search" method (yes, I know there is a CSE product in Google Labs, but it's even more flawed) that limits my queries to those sites I have pre-declared an interest in.
Ah yes, I used to have this, but deleted it when there appeared to be no use for them - hadn't realised search had changed, but looking back that must be what it was.
Some of my performance issues could have been MySQL tuning issues, but I just got tired of tinkering with it.
I've tried several alternatives, but so far nothing has been lightweight and fast enough for me.
I bet there are plenty of folks like myself who had Reader set up for a bunch of feeds, but don't feel strongly enough about RSS to bother setting it up again someplace else.
I just quit using RSS (though I doubt I'd been into Reader in the last year anyway) when they took it away.
Demo at : http://leselys.herokuapp.com (demo/demo)
So, its "Other" for me.
I accidentally unsubscribed from one of my feeds. (Because the "Unsubscribe" button is next to the "Mark Read" button, and doesn't ask for confirmation...)
I went to the website and re-subscribed, adding it as a new subscription. But it stuck itself in the "Uncategorized" section, and I can't for the life of me figure out how to move it back into its proper folder (drag/drop doesn't seem to work, there's no shortcuts that can rearrange stuff from what I can tell, the "My Account" page doesn't have any options for it...). For that matter, I can't figure out how to rearrange my folders and feeds either. Is there a way to do this? It's my biggest UI gripe in an overall solid project.
*"the Google Reader replacement that runs inside your WordPress install"
I've switched to Owncloud, hosted at Hetzner. It was really easy to install and does pretty much everything I want (RSS reader, Dropbox clone, contacts, calender, Google Music clone).
I tried Newsblur, but the interface was too complicated for my taste and the Android app was not very stable.
And they've also been improving their user interface.
That's because you were doing it wrong; you probably subscribed to spammy high-volume feeds.
Protip: Don't do that.
But if there are some high-volume feeds you absolutely must subscribe to, try only reading the headlines and then marking the entire folder as read.
Skimming and picking my daily feeds usually took close to 2 freaking hours to which I added the time required to read and act upon the very few interesting items (following a couchdb tutorial takes time).
Back in 2007, IIRC, I even started work on my own feed reader (progrss.net, never went live) designed around a cool algorhythm that would filter items according to keyword frequency and manual tagging. It looked good and was an interesting change of direction UX-wise (it was less "app-y" and more "publish-y", whatever that means) but I burned out on RSS in the middle of my project's 3rd iteration.
Seriously, opening my reader (even my own prototype) in the morning and being greated by 1200 or so items was just incredibly tiring. Even with working filters.
Really, following RSS feeds was a colossal time-sink for me and switching back to the old way (consulting a few key sites daily) allowed me to focus a lot more on both my work and my familly.
Site is down now but it's still in Google's cache....
but also giving Feedly a try.
I needed a way to bring my starred items in. I had too much great stuff starred to not retain access to it.
Works very well, and the best part it's self hosted. You can control the polling schedule.
Liferea has few issues but they are very minor (ocassional freeze) but it's fairly stable.