aside from the blatant disrespect of taking google reader completely off the google navigation, i seem to be reminded daily that come july 1st, google reader will no longer be there.
alright, i get it.
these last few months ive been experimenting with other readers looking to find my new replacement. even though ive found several i like at the current moment i find myself still using google reader at the end of the day.
when designing user interfaces is part of your job, you tend to get a little nit picky over small things. I absolutely love the simplicity of the google reader, so when searching for a replacement that’s one thing i look for in my replacement. simple and functional. so ive found two that i will be sticking to:
feedly | for the iphone + ipad
perfect for: someone looking for a more hip reader that gives you different layout options for each of your feeds.
why i use it?
+ although i prefer using the browser to read my subscriptions i love the interface of feedly on the ipad + iphone. love the magazine layout as it generally makes the reader more appealing as you have options what you can read instead of having to keep scrolling.
+ as a blogger i subscribe to my own blogs so that i can see just how many people ‘love’ specific posts to help me with further topics to write about.
+ the sharing capabilities on feedly are awesome as most websites have a feedly sharing button located on the bottom right hand side.
the old reader | for the browser
perfect for: someone who enjoys the simple layout google reader has to offer. looking for a replacement but wants the same feel.
why i use it?
+ i prefer the simplicity of the google reader – subscriptions to the left, content to the right. if you like something, you start it – simple. the old reader gives me that same google reader vibe with a fresher type choice + retro color scheme.
+ the installation is simple as it requires you transfer your google reader subscriptions via .xml file, plus it takes about five minutes to completely transfer all the data.