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Google Reader Alternatives: Feedly, Newsblur Among The Most Popular.

Intrepid Internet users who logged onto their Google Reader Google Reader is a Web-based aggregator, capable of reading Atom and RSS feeds online or offline. It was released by Google on October 7 2005 through Google Labs. Reader graduated from beta status on 17 September 2007.  account Wednesday were (http://googlereader.blogspot.com/2013/03/powering-down-google-reader.html) met with the harsh reality that the beloved RSS (Really Simple Syndication) A syndication format that was developed by Netscape in 1999 and became very popular for aggregating updates to blogs and the news sites. RSS has also stood for "Rich Site Summary" and "RDF Site Summary.  service, widely considered the best online, will no longer be available past July 1. The news will be tougher on Iranians (who are able to (http://qz.com/62867/google-readers-demise-is-awful-for-iranians-who-use-it-to-avoid-censorship/) navigate past their country's Internet blackout with Google Reader), but its nonetheless an inconvenience for users who browse the Web with their own succinct, customizable feed.

Luckily there are a slew of other RSS services (which stands for Rich Site Summary but is more often referred to as Really Simple Syndication) that will be thrilled to accommodate the exiled mass of Google users.

As is the case with most online "emergencies" those seeking answers turned to the tech experts and community forums on discussion sites including (http://www.reddit.com/r/AskReddit/comments/1a8zgj/what_are_some_good_web_rss_readers_to_replace/) Reddit and (https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=5371725) Hacker News . The most useful beacon in the night has certainly been (http://lifehacker.com/5990456/google-reader-is-getting-shut-down-here-are-the-best-alternatives?utm_campaign=socialflow_lifehacker_twitter&utm_source=lifehacker_twitter&utm_medium=socialflow) Lifehacker , a blog under the Gawker umbrella that offers breakdowns and solutions to common problems -- technology and otherwise.

The simplest solution is (http://www.twitter.com) Twitter . Influential bloggers and journalists frequently cite the social media titan as the easiest (but more importantly, fastest) way to keep up to date on the news.

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 Google Reader, which is that its sociability functions were gutted in an effort to force users onto Google +. Based on the traffic numbers, provided by (http://www.buzzfeed.com/jwherrman/google-reader-still-sends-far-more-traffic-than-google) BuzzFeed , that experiment has been less than Google strategists probably hoped for.

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With that in mind, a quick tour reveals (http://newsblur.com/) Newsblur.com as an early favorite to succeed Google Reader's seat at the RSS throne. There is a free option but users will have to pay for premium Newsblur service (a measly measly

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 $1/month). In return they'll be able to import their old Google Reader feeds onto a service Lifehacker deemed "a little more polished" and access their reading on apps for Android An open platform for cellphones from the Open Handset Alliance (OHA). Based on Linux, Android includes a library of Java classes for building mobile applications.

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RSS lovers looking to convert to Newsblur right away might experience some temporary hiccups, though, as multiple reports have indicated the site's functionality has seen intermittent interruptions in trying to accommodate so many new customers so quickly.

Are you feeling adventurous? (http://www.feedly.com/) Feedly already has a devoted following for taking a different approach to keeping updated with the Internet. It's a cloud service that merely requires a browser extension A browser extension is a computer program that extends the functionality of a web browser in some way. Depending on the browser, the term may be distinct from similar terms such as plug-in or add-on.  on Chrome and Firefox, and there's been no indication the site is suffering outages.

The service promotes creativity and personalization, bragging in its (http://www.feedly.com/about.html) About section : "We all have unique appetites when it comes to feeding our minds. Add the sources that inspire you and the news that matters to you. Pick your layout and your theme. Feedly is your Web."

Or don't change at all. Diehard Google Readers have been vocal in advocating (http://theoldreader.com/) The Old Reader , which is exactly what the name suggests. The informational page makes it clear that, while The Old Reader is a viable option in the present, the future could be very bright. A mobile app and the option to follow other users are forthcoming, building on the easy import settings and Facebook customization that are already present.

The options are overwhelming, there's no doubt. But Google disciples would be wise to take advantage of the nearly four months available to switch to a new RSS. Happy reading.
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