Best Options Now That Google Reader Is Shutting Down

For some, it comes as a shock; for others, it's a little surprising; but one thing is for certain, no one was expecting the announcement from Google that they would be shutting down their extremely popular RSS reader, Google Reader, in July, 2013. That gives us only a few short months to find a replacement.

RSS feeds are like a daily news source for many real estate agents- perhaps you follow the National Association of Realtors RSS feeds, the AOL real estate RSS feeds, or the Wall Street Journal's real estate RSS feed. No matter what RSS feeds you follow, if you are using Google Reader, you will have to find an alternative. If you want to keep your old feeds from Google, you can download and transfer your data to ensure you don't lose any of your data.

The best Google Reader alternatives

While there are many Reader alternatives, Feedly seems to be the preeminent successor to Google Reader's demise as the company saw Google Reader users flock to their service- an influx of over 500,000 users within 48 hours.

Other alternatives include Fever, The Old Reader, Netvibes, Pulse, Tiny Tiny RSS and NewsBlur. Each reader has its own unique features, and Google Reader's D-Day is still some months away, so you can take your time and try out different readers, analyze their features and go with the one that best suits your needs. I would not be surprised if we see some companies release clones of Google Reader in efforts to woo some of the current Google Reader users. We hate to see Google Reader go, but it's happening and you should take the steps to move your feed soon.