Published by Brian Witt on June 2nd, 2013
I can finally check this off my todo list. Just a few months ago, Google added the "Replace Reader" project to my list. It ended this past week and I can safely say I completed the project missing nary a post from my list of blogs.
Early in the process I was in a wait-and-see mode, still using Google Reader and Reeder on my iPad. Then, near the end of May, at a local social networking gathering, I was convinced to try out Feedly, and I used that primarily up to the last minute of Google Reader's life.
It was during this final month of Google Reader's life that I crafted my 'must have' list for it's ultimate replacement.
1. It must be a highly functional RSS reader. This isn't too tall an order as there are many that are, but I needed to include it to weed out the fringe cases that weren't ready for prime time yet.
2. It must have a functional web interface. While I don't normally interact with my RSS reader via a webpage, I want that option available in case it's all I have. To that end, my list was reduced a bit more, but most were still in the running.
3. It must have a robust API that is well supported by third party clients. Here is where the list really started to get whittled down. Clear winners were starting to emerge and my choices were starting to take shape.
4. Lastly, it must have a stable business model. I felt I had to look at this lest I be put back into the same boat rather quickly. Here my choices came down to only a small handful.
Ultimately, I decided to select Feedbin.me
as my RSS aggregator. They have a very affordable price and their business model seems solid. They've garnered excellent support from the likes of Reeder and Mr. Reader (my current iPad RSS client) and I finally feel comfortable that Google Reader is no more.
Mr. Reader has impressed me so much, I'm not sure I'll go back to Reeder; unless his update offers some very compelling reasons to do so.
I'm putting the Google Reader debacle 99% behind me. That last 1%? I'm still uneasy that Google may elect to pull the rug out from under some other relied upon service of theirs. I'm watching you, Google. I'm watching.