How to survive without Google Reader

At Geeks In Cambodia, we were big fans of the Google reader features. So when we heard, around one month ago, of the official end to come of our favorite RSS feed reader, we were really puzzled on how to find a new tool providing the same kind of features, able to take over its use…

Indeed, as we go through a lot of monitoring around the web, with Google reader it was more than easy to have a quick overview of our favorites topics meanwhile drinking our morning coffee :)

So now that we have to choose another way to gather our RSS feeds, here is quick review of the products we may pick :

  • Feedly was the first one that came to our mind,  as they advertise themselves to their website : “More than 3,000,000 Google Reader users have switched to feedly”.

Feedly is easy to get used to and simple to handle, even though we have to admit it doesn’t bring the same features that we liked so much about Google reader. Good to know, Feedly  has recently updated its browser and mobile versions in order to meet the needs of the grumpy users like us. Other updates should follow so we’ll keep you posted.

  • We already used Netvibes as a social dashboard, but had to think about focusing on its RSS features. But frankly, as much as we love Netvibes premium versions, the basic one remains limited considering the needs we’d have in terms of monitoring.

No need to say that many mobile / tablet apps allow to gather informations in a general dashboard, but we were still looking for a tool able to offer the same simplicity that we liked about Google reader (quick login, easy overview…).

  • That leads us to Pulse, a mobile app we were really addicted to, offering a version on browser, with a fast opengraph login, a set-up made easy and a friendly user experience.

Pulse as Feedly and some other RSS feed readers, allows you to import all your existing listings straight from Google reader. We might love Pulse but it remains that it also presents some restrictions, namely some users seem to miss the way the news appeared on Google reader, as simple links one above the others.

  • We also have to say that Digg announced they would launch a solution just as simple and as quick as Google reader was, following the massive complaints from user who just want the same kind of tool, nothing more, nothing less !

The legacy of Google reader is far from being solved, and at Geeks In Cambodia, we will keep you in the loop of our own quest to find the perfect new RSS feed reader !