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Alternatives to Google Reader

Alternatives to Google Reader


I’ve been a huge fan of Google Reader for years. I usually start every morning with my coffee and Google Reader…

Note: i am still not decided between Tiny RSS and Newsblur, both are running on my server…

The bad news

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months. see

Get your data

As usual Google do a great job, and let you download your data very easily with Google Takeout. You can get there a copy of ALL of your Reader data:

  • List of people that you follow / follow you
  • Items you have starred / liked /shared
  • Notes and comments

Follow this link to download only your Reader data from Takeout.  Your subscriptions are then available in a xml file that can be imported in most RSS aggregators. (see below)

The hidden plan

Both Google+ and Facebook are pushing now to be your one and only news aggregating site. You can still sign the online petition at (for what it is worth)

My Alternatives to Google Reader



Tiny RSS

About The Author

Cédric Walter

I worked with various Insurances companies across Switzerland on online applications handling billion premium volumes. I love to continuously spark my creativity in many different and challenging open-source projects fueled by my great passion for innovation and blockchain technology.In my technical role as a senior software engineer and Blockchain consultant, I help to define and implement innovative solutions in the scope of both blockchain and traditional products, solutions, and services. I can support the full spectrum of software development activities, starting from analyzing ideas and business cases and up to the production deployment of the solutions.I'm the Founder and CEO of Disruptr GmbH.