RSS In A Post Google Reader World

It was only six months ago that Google closed the doors on Google Reader, angering those of us RSS lovers. Sure, Google Reader wasn’t making Google any money, but I think they got plenty of revenue streams over there. Like many RSS devotees, I was in a panic, making sure to use Google Take Out to backup all of my feeds and favorites. There were a ton of RSS replacements mentioned all over the web, but of course my number one concern was how many of these replacements would be accessible? 
 
Lets just say I tried a ton of them, and a lion’s share of them either didn’t work with VoiceOver, didn’t have the functions I had come to love, or had other issues.
 
Like many VoiceOver users, I found my options fairly limited. Fearing the July 1, 2013 RSS Apocalypse quickly approaching, I made the jump to Lire. Thanks to an interview I heard with the developer of Lire, I at least knew that he was committed to the app being accessible with VoiceOver. Lire also seemed to have a lot of the functions I wanted in an RSS reader. Was Lire perfect? No, as Lire didn’t offer the cross platform functionality I had become accustomed to. Additionally, being someone who is subscribed to way too many feeds, I found that Lire and its 5000 article limit was quite annoying if I hadn’t checked my feeds in a few days. One good thing this 5000 article limit did cause me to do, was get rid of some of the feeds I had subscribed to and never read. Still, I found the 5000 article limit to be quite irksome. What I did love about Lire, was all of its sounds and the ability to quickly delete an item using the VoiceOver rotor and just flicking down. Unfortunately though for me, the cons with Lire outweighed the pros, so the search continued.
 
I started playing around with an old RSS reader I still had installed on my iPhone, Newsify. In playing around with Newsify, my biggest gripe about it was that it didn’t have the delete functionality of Lire. Considering I am someone who is constantly reading my feeds for a minute here and there, I wanted to delete what I had looked at immediately and not be bothered by it the next time I returned to my feeds. Having never played around with Newsify a ton, I really hadn’t checked out all of the apps settings, and decided to do so one day. I was really impressed with all of the settings Newsify offered, as I guess at first glance I never scrolled all the way through the settings (including the advanced settings). I learned that Newsify did offer several of the options I had become accustomed to.
 
Since I am someone who likes to group all of my feeds in folders for common topics. I liked that I could go in to a folder, start reading that folder, and if I wanted to delete all of the articles I had flipped through I just had to go in to the additional actions, click mark previous as read, and Newsify would delete all of the articles I had scrolled through. This delete function was my biggest selling point. Also, when I go in to a folder, I can use the headings navigation on the VoiceOver rotor to quickly jump from one day to the next with a simple flick up or down and then mark all the articles before then as read.
 
And what about cross platform synchronization? It’s easy, as with a free Feedly account and Read Kit on the Mac, I have been able to sync up my feeds just like the old days with Google Reader. It’s funny though, as I spent so much time searching for a accessible RSS reader for the Mac to replace Newsstand, but have grown so accustomed to quickly flicking through my feeds in Newsify that I rarely even view my RSS feeds in Read Kit on my Mac anymore.
 
So, in a post Google Reader world where are you reading your RSS feeds, and on what platform?  

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4 Comments

#1 I Use Three RSS Readers

Thank you, Blindgator, for this post. As a devoted RSS reader, I have three clients that I use constantly: Newsify, Lire, and Feeddler Pro. Newsify is highly configurable even though I find the labels explaining some of the settings rather cryptic. I remain a Lire user because of its simplicity and because I have been told by its developer that an iOS 7 update in the works. I use Feeddler Pro because it can be used with multiple accounts from different services and because even if I don't check my eed for several days, I can retrieve very old articles. I have had correspondence with all three developers, and each is very responsive. Of late, replies from Ben Alexander, Newsify's developer, are often received within hours of my request for help. Craig

#2 Great to hear the developers are so responsive

Thanks for letting us know the developers have been so responsive, and thanks for the update on Lire, as it has been awhile since I had heard anything about Lire which led me to using Newsify as my go to RSS reader.

#3 I'm using Feedler RSS on my

I'm using Feedler RSS on my iPhone and TheOldReader on the web browser side of things. This is working out pretty well for me, though I'd like to give Lire a try. I'm also using Instapaper to keep and share posts with others.

#4 NewsIFY is the one

Hello All, I used EZ feeds news reader, while it was still around during IOS 5 and 6; but since the developer was not committed to it in IOS 7, it is now a broken application, it has gone by the wayside. I have also used Feeddler Pro and find the developer responsive to an email, but not so responsive to any requests. I have been asking the developer of Feeddler Pro to encorporate feedly sink into his app for about 7 months now. Each time I have contacted him, I have received a response, stating that it was next on the list, or coming up in a future update, but I think he is just telling me what I want to hear at this point as this request has never surfaced in any updates to his application. I am using newsify in conjunction with feedly sink and it works great. This is why I asked the developer of feeddler pro to encorporate feeddly sink into his application, because I don't want to have to use two different sinking services to keep track of my rss feeds. I have also been using twitter to send links to insta-paper and while that works good, not everything in a particular feed from a site gets posted to twitter from that feed, so, between the two(twitter and newsify), I get everything I need and save what I want to insta-paper from both. I imagine now that twitter has gone public, this is how more and more of the "news" will go and I'm just trying to get ahead of that curve by making sure all of my information is on twitter as well as the rss side of things. I use tweetlist4 and twitterific as my accessible twitter clients, if your curious. -Andrew-