Top 10 Google Reader Alternatives You Can Consider

It is so surprising that Google has announced that Google Reader would be down on the 1st of July 2013. I think this would hurt a lot of people because most people rely on this application.

Although there are some other substitutes for the Google Reader which I think you would really love to use. I would be listing those substitutes below in this article, and I hope you would really like to use them. There are lot of readers that you can use aside from the Google reader in which I would be listing 10 of them.

1. Netvibes

Netvibes

This seems to be the best alternative which you can use. It is called the “personalized dashboard of the Web”. I can’t call this exaggeration because it is a very powerful reader. It looks very confusing at first but it is user friendly. Netvibes makes readers feel at home due to its compatibility. One hard thing about Netvibes is that it doesn’t have a mobile app. Netvibes is not a free application, although it has the free trail app which only last for fourteen thousand days only.


2. Newsblur

NewsBlur

This is also a very good alternative for the Google Reader, this app is very easy to use, the only thing you need to do is to setup an account with them and sync your account with it. This application is also not a free app but it support both iOS and Android operating system.


3. Feedly

Feedly

This is a wonderful RSS feed for Android and iOS operating system and also it is a free application that you can use on your PC with any kind of browser including Chrome and Mozilla. It has some cool features like Social Media share bar and the read later key. Feedly is ready for a very long time and has been expecting a very special day that Google reader would shut down.


4. Feed Reader

FeedReader

The Feed Reader is almost the same as feedly but feedly has more potentials than it. It is a free app that needs your subscription for you to get all of your favorite feeds online. This application is also available for iOS and Android operating devices.


5. Taptu

Taptu

Taptu is a free RSS reader that deals with mainly images. It allows you to log in with your Google, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn account. After using your existing account to log in, then you can customize any feed and sync them with your Android, iOS, Blackberry and Nook devices.


6. Pulse

Pulse

Pulse is one of the fastest and most beautiful way to get updates from your favorite blogs, magazine and social networks. This is a nondependent app, some apps like it relies on Google while it doesn’t rely on it at all. This app is available for iOS, Android devices and also available for the Web.


7. Reeder

Reeder

This is a popular reader for iOS and Android devices that depends on Google Reader a lot, but after it was announced that Google Reader would be shut down by Google, it developer tweeted that “Don’t worry Reeder won’t die with the Google reader” which mean that they would have to be a non-dependent app very soon.


8. Flipboard

Flipboard

Flipboard is a social networking aggregation, magazine format application for iOS and Android devices. This app collects the content of all social media and some other sites and presents it in a magazine format. It allows its users to flip through their social networking feed and feed from their favorite websites.


9. Feedamail

FeedAMail

Feedamail is a cool RSS feed delivery services, it only needs your subscription to your favorite site and get every update made from the site you subscribe to, directly to your inbox without you registering on that blog.

Although before you get any update you have to set up an account with them, setting up an account with them would make you be a full time user of their service. You can also add feeds to it with the account you set up with them, this app is available for anyone.


10. The Old Reader

The Old Reader

The old reader is a social RSS reader that allows you to get update from your friend, blog or magazines, with their comments or notes. You can also transfer your feeds directly from your Google reader account or import them with the OPML if you need more security.

This application has no Mobile app for the main time, but they have been working on it since October 2012, when they had up to 5000 users.

Hope you like the 10 Readers listed above. But if you have some other cool reader that is not listed in this article you can list them in your comments to add more value to this post.

This article was written by Onibalusi Segun. Oni is the guest blogger, owner and founder at technani.com. You can follow him via Twitter or Facebook @naniboy4life or get him through his site.

20+ Awesome & Unique Uses Of Google Reader You Probably Didn’t Know

Google ReaderGoogle Reader, a tool which can do wonders, is still unused by people. We all know Google Reader as a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline, but it can also perform various other useful tasks. I compiled some uses of Google Reader and mentioned the links for tutorials.

#1 – Online Archive : Not many of us know that Google Reader can also be used as a powerful system to archive your favourite RSS feed data. This is really useful since you may want to access them in the future. Using Google Reader you can :

  • Archive Your Twitter Tweets.
  • Archive the RSS Feed of Your Blog Content.
  • Archive Your To-Do List.

Anything that has an RSS feed can be backed up and archived with Google Reader for access long after the feed is gone.

Tutorial : Use Google Reader As An Online Archive


#2 – Bookmarking Service : Google Reader will be really useful for minimalists. It is can also act as a wonderful bookmarking service. You can also import bookmarks from other services like Delicious. You can also search all your bookmarked items.

Another useful feature is, you can add notes when you’re bookmarking items to remind you why you liked it in the first place. You can keep as many bookmarks as possible.

Tutorial : MakeUseOf


#3 – Track Your Blog Comments : This web-based aggregator can also be used for marketing and tracking your blog comments effectively. You can see per blog how many articles you have commented on and the timeline of your comments. You can easily track :

  • Articles commented on per blog
  • Articles commented on per day
  • Revisit articles commented on recently

Tutorial : Be An Original


#4 – PR Monitoring Tool : PR professionals can make of Google Reader to do much of their job–looking for opportunities, identifying and connect with media, and monitoring and managing crises. You can use Google Reader to :

  • Finding Journalist and Media.
  • Tracking the Experts and Influencers.
  • Monitoring Searches.
  • Reporting and Analyzing Trends.

By filling Google Reader with feeds your important media targets can make it suitable for PR monitoring easily. [Check Tutorial]


#5 – Stream Your Own MP3s : You can use Google Reader Audio Player to play mp3’s and embed it on your website or blog. This method makes use of IFRAMES.

All you need to do is paste the following code into your site:

<iframe style=”border: 1px solid rgb(170, 170, 170); width:400px; height: 27px;” id=”musicPlayer” src=”http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf?audioUrl=XXXXX”> </iframe>

In the above code, just replace XXXXX with the Audiourl, like this,

https://hellboundbloggers.com/hbb-podcast.mp3. Then the code becomes:

<iframe style=”border: 1px solid rgb(170, 170, 170); width:400px; height: 27px;” id=”musicPlayer” src=”http://www.google.com/reader/ui/3523697345-audio-player.swf?audioUrl=https://hellboundbloggers.com/hbb-podcast.mp3″> </iframe>

Source : EDU’S WORTHLESS BLOG


#6 – Ultimate SEO Tool : SEO is something which every webmaster and blogger worries about. You can make use of Google Reader as an SEO tool to monitor your industry, competitors, and their backlinks. The main SEO resources you will be monitoring are :

  • Competitor’s keywords (brand and product keywords)
  • New pages on a Competitors site
  • Industry keywords
  • Forums (find people asking questions about your industries products / services)
  • Competitors backlinks (mainly new backlinks)

Tutorial : Quick Online Tips


#7 – Journalism : Google Reader can also act as a powerful journalism tool. RSS feeds and feed readers can allow journalists to easily monitor a lot of disparate news sources. It’s much easier to use a tool like Google Reader to monitor information on the Web than it is to use Web browser bookmarks or to manually typing in URLs.


#8 – Share on Social Networks : This video explains how to use Google Reader to share on social networks.


#9 – Awesome Private Database : http://www.steverubel.com/screencast-google-reader-isnt-just-for-news-i?c=1


#10 – Create RSS Feed Of Any Site : If you want to track websites but they don’t have a RSS Feed URL, then Google Reader will help you like a charm.

Create Feed

Google Reader has a new feature which will facilitate you to create RSS feed of any website. Just go to your google reader and click on Add a subscription button. Now enter the webpage URL you want to track and click the button ‘Create a feed’. Simple.


#11 – Track Page Changes : If you are rarely visit Google’s homepage, generating a feed for google.com or for other international Google homepages is a great way to track all the doodles and the promotional messages.

Track Webpages

Source : Google System


#12 – Translate Language : Google Reader has also has Google Translate integrated into it.

Translate Language

Subscribe a feed in some foreign language and under feed settings check “Translate into my Language”.


#13 – Find RSS Subscribers : You can also use Google Reader to get the no. of RSS feed subscribers approximately.

Google Reader Subscribers

These numbers are however approximate as they only include the RSS subscriber base of Google Reader, iGoogle and Google Desktop users as determined by Google FeedFetcher.

Source : Digital Inspiration


#14 – Send Blog Posts To Evernote : Google Reader lets you send blog posts directly into Evernote. When you send a post to Evernote, we go out to the source page and clip the whole thing –that way you get everything, not just the bit that you see in Reader.

Evernote Google Reader

You will get the content you want and some of the webpage elements.

Source : Evernote Blogcast


#15 – Convert Partial Feeds Into Full-text Articles : Many of the blogs in the blogosphere truncates its full feed into partial one. The main reason for this is to save their blog content from feed scrapers and plagiarism.

You can convert those partial feeds into full feeds easily using two things.

  • Greasemonkey Firefox Addon.
  • Google Reader Preview Enhanced userscript.

Tutorial : Guiding Tech


#16 – Create & Share Feed Bundles : If your friend wants to know which are the technology feeds you follow. He also wants to quickly subscribe to those feeds in his feed reader. How do you do it? Simple, just create and share the feed bundles easily using Google Reader. Just follow these simple instructions to create a feed bundle.

  • Click on “Browse your stuff” in your Reader interface.
  • Click on “Create a bundle” button which is present at the right hand side.
  • To share your bundle with your friends check the “Add to my share items” box. Click “Save” button.
  • Click on “Email to your friends” link to immediately email it to your multiple friends.

Tutorial : Guiding Tech


#17 – Save Time On Craigslist : Using Google Reader you can plan purchases On Craigslist Without The Craigslist Hassle.

It’s a huge time saver and helps you get exactly the data you need in one centralized place. You can see all of the ads from your craigslist search right in your RSS reader and as new ads show-up, they will appear in your reader.

Tutorial : GroovyPost


#18 – Download Articles As PDF : By using Google Reader’s custom link feature you can also directly download articles from Google Reader to your computer in PDF format. Here’s the procedure for doing it.

  • Go to Google Reader “Settings” page.
  • Click the “Create a custom link” at the bottom.
  • Fill the following information in the Name, URL and Icon URL field.

    > Name: Save as PDF

    > URL: http://savepageaspdf.pdfonline.com/pdfonline/pdfonline.asp?cURL-${url}

    > Icon URL: http://www.adobe.com/lib/com.adobe/template/icon/pdf.gif

  • Now Save as PDF checkbox will appear above “create a custom link”.
  • Now you can download and enjoy the articles in PDF Formats.

    Tutorial : Guiding Tech


    #19 – Check Your Reading Habits : Using Google Reader’s Trends Feature you can get to know your reading habits.

    Subscription trends shows you tabs of the feeds that are most frequently updated, inactive and most obscure, meaning the ones the fewest people subscribe to.

    Tutorial : Social Media Explorer


    #20 – Purge Old Feeds : Using Google Reader API you can purge old feeds. If you often import the OPML that other people publish (of their favorite feeds) so I can improve my feeds list. For example, somebody recently published OPML of around 75 Silverlight feeds.

    Well, I sucked that one right in! Now the problem is that I’ve accumulated close to 3,000 feeds and as you might guess, Reader has really started to slow down. So, what to do? If only I had a way to unsubscribe from all my feeds that say, hadn’t had a new post in X number of months. Well, KTHXBYE, I CAN HAS API! It’s the Google Reader API to the rescue!

    Tutorial : EggHeadCafe


    #21 – Print Articles Without All The Clutter : You can now add Print Friendly to print the articles you want without all the clutter easily. This one is similar to the ‘Download Articles as PDF’ tip. Simply replace the custom link as show below.

    Add the following information to the fields.

  • Name: PrintFriendly
  • URL: http://www.printfriendly.com/print/n?url=%24{url}
  • Icon URL: http://cdn.printfriendly.com/pf-icon.gif

Tutorial : Print Friendly Blog


#22 – Create A Mobile Site : Google Readers generates a simple and clean look of your website or blog. You don’t even need Google Account to get this. All you need is your blog’s Feed URL.

Google Reader Mobile

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/Feed_Address

Just add your blog’s Feed URL instead of ‘Feed_Address’.

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/feed://www.hellboundbloggers.com/feed

where feed://www.hellboundbloggers.com/feed is the Feed Address of our Blog.

Source : HellBound Bloggers (us :P)


#22 – Track LinkedIn Answers :


#23 – Play .MP4 Files :


You can also help us to update this list, if you know any other useful tip kindly share them in the comments below.

3 Simple Ways To Find The RSS Subscribers Of Any Blog

RSS Subscribers Count (whether it is genuine or not) is one of the ways, advertisers use to analyse the popularity of blogs and websites, well mostly blogs.

If someone is interested in keeping their banners or links on your blog, they will most probably check your Alexa Rank, PageRank, and RSS Subscribers, since these 3 can be easily obtained. But some bloggers disable RSS Subscribers Count.

Below I mentioned 3 simple ways to find the RSS Subscribers. Though they are not that much accurate, they are however approximate.

#1 – Finding The RSS Subscribers Using FeedProxy URL

Find the URL of the RSS Feed of your desired blog. In this case, I’m considering Digital Inspiration.

This is the sample address of the RSS Feed (this one uses FeedBurner’s MyBrand Feature).

http://feeds.labnol.org/labnol

Grab the feed name (i.e., labnol)

Append http://feedproxy.google.com/~fc/ just before it. The result is :

http://feedproxy.google.com/~fc/labnol

Now use this URL to check the Real RSS Subscribers Count.

Feedproxy subscribers

You can also use this URL for detecting : http://feeds.feedburner.com/~fc/labnol


#2 – Finding RSS Subscribers Using Google Reader

Google ReaderYou can also use Google Reader to check the RSS Subscribers of blogs. This method will be useful when your desired blog is not using FeedBurner service.

These numbers are however approximate as they only include the RSS subscriber base of Google Reader, iGoogle and Google Desktop users as determined by Google FeedFetcher. You can also use Google Reader to track your comments on the web.

Find the RSS Subscriber Count with Google Reader [Tutorial Link]


#3 – Find The RSS Subscribers Count – Desktop Software

Ram Kumar from ByteChip.com did a great job by developing a Desktop Software for checking the RSS Subscribers count for blogs. All you need is the feed name.

Desktop Count

Cool features of this download include Circulation, Hits and Reach on a given day, you can get the Details on a period of time,
Export to CSV (Comma Separated Value) available, and so on. There are two version of this software, one for computer with .NET installed and one for computers without .NET. [Download Software]

Do you know any other trick for finding the RSS Subscribers of blogs (if they disabled it). Kindly share them in the comments below.

MobileRSS : A Perfect Companion For GReader And Your iPhone

If you are looking for an iPhone App to manage and read all your Google Reader subscriptions, stop no farther than MobileRSS.

MobileRSS

Google Reader already has an awesome interface for Smart phones, especially the iPhone.  It’s nothing short of an iPhone App in more ways than one.

MobileRSS is an iPhone App that can link up to your Google Reader account and synchronize all the subscriptions available there.  Here are a few reasons why MobileRSS may be preferred over the traditional Google Reader Web Application


Why MobileRSS?

Offline Access

You can synchronize all the latest posts with a WiFi connection and later read them at your convenience.  This provides you offline access and prevent the usage of costly Mobile Network bandwidth.

Sharing made Easier

Google Reader allows you to share the posts with other readers and also over the e-mail.  It doesn’t yet integrate sharing with Twitter etc. for the mobile version.

But MobileRSS overcomes this limitation and enables you to instantly share items on Twitter, Facebook, Delicious etc.  (Refer to the screenshot below)

Save Bandwidth by disabling Images

You can setup the application to download images only with a WiFi connection.  This saves you bandwidth even if you wish to synchronize posts over the Mobile Network

Use Multiple Google Reader Accounts

You can setup Multiple Google Reader Accounts (a.k.a Google Accounts) and the MobileRSS App can fetch the feeds from all of them


Few Images…


Try this FREE App and let us know what you think! For more reviews about free iPhone Apps, subscribe to our feeds, so that you can get them as quick as possible.

Make A Mobile Version Of Your Blog Using Google Reader

In my previous post I explained how to create a mobile site with MoFuse. Creating a Mobile version of a blog through Google Reader is another method for creating a mobile site. You can create a mobile site without any effort. Within seconds you can create one! Your Blog may look elegant and stylish in PCs, when your readers are visiting your blog in their mobile, they see your blog in a different way. The CSS won’t play an important role there. So the images and all the other stuffs will not be in order. Are you thinking your readers expect cool and attractive design of your blog in their mobile. Think once again! All they need is a decent design of your blog. That’s all. And the posts and articles should be in reverse chronological order.

So do I need anything special for it?

You don’t anything special except your blog’s feed URL. Even you don’t need a Google account for doing this!

Google Reader generates a excellent view of your blog obeying all the things explained above.

This is will be the format : –

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/Feed_Address

Now all you have to do is to replace Feed_Address will your Blog’s Feed address.

Mobile Site generated by Google Readers
Mobile Site generated by Google Reader

Need example or Demo? Then consider HellBound Bloggers. Check ours :-

http://www.google.com/reader/m/view/feed/feed://www.hellboundbloggers.com/feed

where feed://www.hellboundbloggers.com/feed is the Feed Address of our Blog.

Some of your Web Hosts may provide you the option to have subdomains. Then you can create one like ours.

Then redirect that subdomain to the URL generated using Google Reader. That will be very easy to remember and also very easy to guess. Most of the people prefer m and mobile as subdomain for mobile sites. I preferred m.

You can easily redirect a website [Eg : m.xyz.com ] to the Google Reader URL by adding a file in its server.

Open notepad . Paste the following code in it.

<?
Header( "HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently" );
Header( "Location: http://www.new-url.com" );
?>

Now replace the new-url with your destination URL and save the file as index.php and upload it to its directory. That’s all.

WordPress users are blessed with a plugin. It automatically detects a user who is accessing your blog through mobile and renders a mobile version of your blog.

UPDATED : HellBound Bloggers (HBB) Mobile Site Revamped