Google Reader Users: Where Will you Go?

We know that the vast majority of you subscribe to the MAKE blog RSS feed via Google Reader. But on July 1, Google Reader is going away. What RSS reader will you use then?

Please take our quick survey and tell us your plan for switching readers and what platforms you plan to get your RSS feeds on. We want to serve our RSS readers the best we can and your responses will help us do that. And if that’s not incentive enough, taking the survey registers you to win a $100 VISA gift certificate. Thanks in advance for your participation and good luck!

38 thoughts on “Google Reader Users: Where Will you Go?

  1. I find it strange that people were surprised by google reader getting discontinued. As soon as they dropped sharing features in favor of G+, and didn’t provide RSS feeds from G+ I knew that Reader was completely doomed as it no longer aligned with Google’s long term goals. Google frequently drops features because they no longer align with their goals.

    1. Even though Reader was not a part of Google’s social media strategy, it was still the backend (sync and authentication) for many 3rd party apps. It surprises me that, that aspect of Reader is of no business interest to Google. … I take your point though, Reader was on the down slope.

  2. Another vote for Feedly! I jumped over as soon as I heard about the import feature and haven’t looked back. I’ve come to like it more than reader actually.

  3. I found feedly very limited. The Old Reader and Newsblur are pretty much the same as GR but this week I’ve fallen in love with Flipboard. It’s beautiful, like a never ending magazine. Superb!

  4. Make your own!

    I spun up my Tiny Tiny RSS server ( last weekend, and it’s brilliant (and where I read this post this evening). Control your data and own your feeds! The interface is good, and the native Android app is wonderful!

    1. The Make RSS disappeared for me, too. I got it back by manually adding the appropriate feed url ( from the page listing the feeds ( In other words, I went into my Feed Wrangler account, deleted the old subscription to MAKE, and add a new fee with the URL

  5. I’m still between Feedly and Flipboard. I can’t decide between them. They seem to complicated to me. GR was straightforward and clean. *sigh* I’m going to miss it…

  6. Feedly, since the day Google announced GR was going away. I tried Digg Reader briefly this morning, and it was missing so many features I relied on, like marking read if older than X, only showing unread feeds, etc. I deleted it immediately. I will probably export my GR feeds to my computer and maybe try some others but Feedly works well, only concerns are lack of monetization, and I haven’t seen a way to export my feeds from Feedly if I did want to migrate elsewhere.

  7. Newsblur since the shutdown was announced. I have tried most of the others. Feedly is too much like flipboard and not enough like how gReader was. I find newsblur is the most similar. It has a supportable business model, and a great developer. Works great now on web, iOS, and Android. Its was the standard feed view but has the option for other views if you like them.

  8. I’m currently using Feedly and Flipboard, but I have 2 NewsBlur readers installed on my phone (Newsblur and Blar) that wait for me to have time to investigate them, and The Old Reader looks wonderful. I’ve also added Pocket to my list of news-related stuff- I was using stars in reader to remind me to revisit things, but now I’m just using Pocket instead. I’m still kinda devastated at the loss of Reader- I’ve put 8 years of my life in there, and I’m kinda just overwhelmed at all the data I’m losing in my transition, even with Takeout.

  9. Since we’re on the subject, can we get a non-digest version of the feed, so we can actual read in our readers? Make used to be a go-to feed, but since the facelift it’s just been a pain to look at.

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Stett Holbrook is editor of the Bohemian, an alternative weekly in Santa Rosa, California. He is a former senior editor at Maker Media.

He is also the co-creator of Food Forward, a documentary TV series for PBS about the innovators and pioneers changing our food system.

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