Feedly, Google Reader Alternative, Gets Pro/Paid Version

feedly-pro-splash Feedly, the popular RSS reader that shined during Google Reader's closure, has quietly launched a "Pro" version of their RSS service. The pro version comes at $5 per month or $45 per year. Some early adopters have the chance of paying a one time fee of $99 for a lifetime, which I gladly did this morning. The Pro version of Feedly gives you: Article Search: The ability to search within your RSS feeds for stories that match. A feature Google Reader offered and I used frequently. HTTPS: a layer of security to browser your feeds in a more secure manner. Evernote: One-click save feature t [...]


The Big Comparison Of Google Reader RSS Feed Alternatives

rss-featured Google Reader is turning off their feed on July 1st and by now many of you have already switched to a new RSS reader - but, for those of you who have yet to make the jump, keep reading. We wanted to give you a concise chart explaining the features, costs and functionality of some of the larger RSS feed readers on the market. Since then, many new readers have been built or are in the development phase now. So, this comparison is a supplement to our 12 Google Reader alternatives story released shortly after the Google Reader news was announced. A major consideration for some is free versus [...]


GlassFeeds: First RSS News App For Google Glass

rss-icon-200px Google Glass just got a lot more useful for me, and probably for a lot of heavy information consumers. As the SelfScreens blog reported, there's a new app that brings any number of RSS feeds into the Google Glass timeline. It's called GlassFeeds, and it comes with a number of powerful features: Activating the app is a point-and-click process, no heavy programming/coder skills needed (as some other third-party apps require). Any number of RSS feeds can be added manually via the web interface -- see the screenshot below -- after the app is activated. (There are also some suggested feeds [...]


Feedly Outlines RSS Roadmap, Touts 68% Conversion Of Testers To Active Users

feedly-logo With less than a month to go until Google Reader shuts down on July 1st, Feedly has shared what it's been doing -- and still plans to do -- as RSS users search for an alternate feed reader. In a blog post, Feedly also says its userbase has been growing since Google's announcement in mid-March: 68 percent of those who try Feedly convert into active weekly users active users have doubled the time spent using Feedly Feedly users are sharing 10x more content to Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and Pinterest thanks to its partnership with Buffer From looking at the analytics of some sites t [...]


Digg’s RSS Reader Will Beta Launch In June, Final Version Likely To Be Paid Product

Digg has announced that it's planning to release a beta version of its RSS reader in June. The company also says it's planning to charge for the final product, though exact pricing isn't decided at this point. The timing is good for Google Reader users that still haven't found a replacement reader. Google has said it'll shut down Reader on July 1st, so it should be to Digg's benefit to give users access to an early version of its reader before they have to make a decision. A couple weeks ago, Digg did another survey of the 18,000+ people that have volunteered to help provide feedback on [...]


Digg Does The Google Reader Survey That Google Should’ve Done

rss-featured It's ironic that the best survey of Google Reader users that's probably ever been done is being done by Digg. About a month after announcing its plans to build an RSS reader and asking Google Readers to help out by taking a survey, Digg has started sharing some of the survey results. Digg says it's already received 8,000 survey responses (an astonishing number, in my opinion), and no surprise: The data proves that Google Reader has a lot of power users. It makes sense because RSS never reached mainstream acceptance and has been a popular tool primarily among information connoisseurs. [...]


Feedly Continues To Eat Up Google Reader Mobile Users

Since the announcement of Google Reader closing shop July 1, Feedly has taken the lead for top news app on Androids, iPhones and iPads. After winning the No. 1 spot for news apps on Google Play and U.S. iTunes App Store last week, Feedly showed up No. 2 on Google Play and No. 4 on the U.S. App Store for both iPhones and iPads as of March 24. While a slight drop from last week's rankings, Feedly continues to out-rank other mobile Google Reader alternatives like NewsBlur, a favorite of our corresponding editor, Gary Price. Earlier this month, more than 500,000 Google Readers  transitio [...]


Digg: We’re Building A Google Reader Replacement

digg-logo-144px Want a good replacement for Google Reader? Perhaps it's appropriate that another brand from the Reader heyday, Digg, is planning to build that. From Digg's blog post today: We’ve heard people say that RSS is a thing of the past, and perhaps in its current incarnation it is, but as daily (hourly) users of Google Reader, we’re convinced that it’s a product worth saving. So we’re going to give it our best shot. We’ve been planning to build a reader in the second half of 2013, one that, like Digg, makes the Internet a more approachable and digestible place. After Google’s announ [...]


Don’t Kill Google Reader Petition On Pace For 75k Signatures In Under 24 Hours

Sign-this-Petition A revolt is afoot. Since Google's announcement to close the popular Google Reader service 17 hours ago, loyal users have taken to a change.org petition in droves. Since being constructed by Dan Lewis 1 hour after the announcement, the petition has reached 76% of its goal toward 75,000 signatures: The petition is averaging 3,570 signatures an hour which equates to a signature every second.  While there are other Google Reader Alternatives out there, the community is speaking out passionately against this early retirement. The petition itself includes some pretty poignant state [...]


12 Google Reader Alternatives

rss-icon-200px The scramble is on. With news today that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st, its users are on the hunt for a solid RSS reader alternatives. Here are some options you might want to consider if you're a Google Reader user. Postscript: Also see our follow-up post from June 26, 2013: The Big Comparison Of Google Reader RSS Feed Alternatives 1.) Newsblur This is a top choice from one of our corresponding editors, Gary Price. It's accessible via the Web and also appears to have iOS and Android versions. There's even a Google Reader import tool that will no doubt prove popular. Ne [...]


Google To Close Google Reader On July 1

google-reader-closed-featured Google Reader user? Say goodbye. Google has announced the service is closing on July 1. The news came today in a "Spring Cleaning" blog post from Google, where the company said: We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next fo [...]


Google Continues Dismantling Feedburner: Goodbye Adsense For Feeds

adsense-for-feeds Google has announced plans to shut down its Adsense for Feeds service, a move that continues Google slow dismantling of the Feedburner RSS service. Adsense for Feeds is (was) Google's primary moneymaker for Feedburner. The program allowed publishers to make money by putting Google ads in their RSS feeds; when a user clicked an ad, Google and the publisher split the money. In the big picture, Adsense for Feeds probably earned Google peanuts compared to other Adsense-related services. And by turning off that revenue source, even if it was just pocket change, Google has no business reason [...]


Five Days Later, Feedburner Restores Feed Counts

feedburner-logo They're back. It took almost five days, but feed counts are now showing again in Feedburner's dashboard. While the feed counts are back, I'm missing five days worth of stats. Feedburner is reporting zero subscribers for September 18-22 in my account, and presumably in all accounts. On Thursday night, I first noticed that the counts for my feeds were all showing zero subscribers. Google posted about it Friday morning, saying that Feedburner was experiencing " difficulties with our stats production pipeline for data representing Sept 19th and 20th, 2012." About an hour ago, the feed [...]


Google Loses Feedburner.jp Domain (The Latest Sign That Feedburner Is Dying)

feedburner-dying-featured A series of actions -- and inaction -- on Google's part makes it clear that Feedburner is a very low priority in Mountain View. Google has been slowly abandoning Feedburner over the past 16 months, and all signs show that the RSS service is headed to the dead pool. Google's latest move involves the loss of Feedburner Japan's domain -- feedburner.jp -- in late July. That was where Japanese users could manage their feeds, much like English-language users can do now via feedburner.com (which redirects to feedburner.google.com). Whether intentional or accidental, Google failed to renew the [...]


RSS: Your Social Media Monitoring Secret Weapon

rss-featured Ever ended a workday and thought: "Whoa, what just happened?" Social media goes by pretty fast. But if part of your job is social media monitoring, you need to make sure you don't miss anything. That might include keeping an eye on competitors, tracking conversation around your industry and nurturing and following up with leads. Luckily, there's a simple, free and foolproof way to store everything in one place and make sure nothing slips through the cracks: RSS feeds. I use RSS feeds every single day for lots of different social media monitoring purposes. Here are some of my favorite use [...]


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