Alternatives as Google Reader Goes Belly Up

reader screenshotNo sooner did we talk in class about the benefits and uses Google Reader has for journalists than Google has announced that it’s discontinuing the service as of July 1, 2013.

Google said it’s in part because “usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.”

That’s all well and good, but devoted Google Reader users are in an uproar.  There are Twitter protests, petitions and all kinds of threats to boycott other Google products.  But honestly, though I liked Google Reader, it’s demise shouldn’t be too surprising since its old fashioned interface was beginning to pale next to glitzy new RSS services.

So here are a few Google Reader replacements to try out:

Feedly

Flipboard

NewsBlur

Netvibes

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