My search for a feed reader to replace the soon to be retired Google reader may be at an end. As I’ve previously posted, finding a decent cloud based feed reader has been a bit of a trial. Readers such as Feedly which has gained a lot of users since Google’s announcement are desktop or browser plugin based, and the cloud options such as Netvibes have been completely unsatisfactory. I guess the Google Reader spoiled me a bit.
I am now trialing The Old Reader. This is a cloud/web based reader which is what I want, and it is based on the original Google Reader. It was put together by a couple of guys who didn’t like the changes Google made to Reader a few years ago. They basically rebuilt the original reader. While I don’t actually remember how Reader originally worked and felt, this is close enough to what I am used to with Google Reader as it is today.
The only issue I can relate is that it takes a long, long time to import feeds.
I found The Old Reader a couple of weeks ago, just after I made the original search for a feedreader post, downloaded the subscriptions.xml file from Google, and started the import process to The Old Reader.
That’s right. It took two weeks to import 128 feeds. Though it probably didn’t matter how many feeds I was subscribed to, it just took that long to get to my import.
Now the reason for this is the monster exodus from Google at the time of the announcement. Don’t forget this is a small scale site created and operated by a couple of guys with limited resources. There were over 28,000 imports ahead of mine when I started. I’d love to see what their database looks like right now. It must be huge.
But, despite the queue, everything is now working at a good speed. Updates to feeds are being processed quickly, and I’m not having any issues at all. I can read the posts oldest first, and they have a setting to hide the post once it is read. Marvelous.
So I think The Old Reader is my recommendation to replace Google Reader. Still got to spend some time with it, but it is looking good. My recommendation though is to changeover as soon as you can before Google’s shut down date of the 1st of July. Don’t leave it too late because you might have to wait a couple of weeks while your feed list imports. That way you can keep using GReader and transition when your feeds are in.
So, all is right again in the world. All except North Korea, global warming, poverty, simcity, politicians, bird flu… okay dammit the world still sucks. But at least I can read about it on a decent feed reader!