Google has already declared the retirement of our favorite Google Reader in July 1st, 2013. So now the question is who will fill the void of Google Reader and will be perfect alternative of Google Reader.
For past few days I was searching rigorously in the web to find a suitable alternative of Google Reader. Because for me as a blogger to stay up to date in my field is very necessary and to do this RSS is one of the best option. Even for you also to stay up to date with your favorite blog or sites, RSS feeds are among the best options. And To maintain feeds of different sites you need a good RSS Feed Reader which is simple, easy to use and fast which will save your time with added productivity. So, from this perspective The Old Reader can be the suitable alternative of Google Reader.
So today in this article I will discuss on some benefits and advantages of The Old Reader which make it a nice Google Reader alternative.
- Usability: When we are using any software or web application or web site then very first thing which attracts us is the site’s usability. It comes from User Experience and Ease of Use, means how easily user can use or navigate the entire site. Because it decreases time and improves productivity. That is the reason where The Old Reader scores, for it’s nice User Experience. It simply Ease the usability of the site.
- Manageability: Now comes manageability, it also related with Usability. Manageability means how easily you can manage all the activities like subscribe to a feed, read a feed, import existing feeds, share your reading, configure settings etc. In the case The Old Reader has a very compact design which increases the overall manageability of the site.
- Speed: How fast a site load or update feeds are also very crucial. In this case the loading time is short which is nice.
- Find friends, Share and Like: Some cool features of The Old Reader is, beside reading, you can also share your reading topic with other existing users to whom you follow. For doing this there is a service called “Find friends”, using this you can find your friends from Facebook or Google account and follow them. So when you follow someone or followed by someone all the post you shared and liked will be visible to them and they can comment. A nice community engagement.
- Availability: Browser extension for Chrome and Safari is also available.
- Without any dependency: If you want you can import your feeds from Google Reader just using subscription.xml file from Google Takeout. If you are a first time user then just add your favorite feeds by using add a subscription button. It is as simple as that.
- Keyboard shortcuts: These help to speed up the access.
- Portability: Currently it doesn’t have any official app for Android or iOS but if you have an account in Pocket (an app to read your saved article later from any platform like iPhone, Android etc.) then you can connect your The Old Reader Account with this. So when you read an article in your feed you will get an option button to save it in Pocket. In this way you read your saved article later from anydevice using Pocket.
So here I have given my complete thought from an user’s point of view. If there is any thing that I have missed then you can share it via comment and what is your view on The Old Reader? Let me know.
Visit: The Old Reader