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How Many Of You Used Google Reader?

posted Friday, March 15th 2013 by Jonathan Drain
News, Reviews & Culture

Google has announced that they’re retiring Google Reader, the RSS feed aggregator. Over 1,200 people read D20 Source via the RSS feed, and the overwhelming majority of those came from Google Reader.

Since most blogs have RSS feeds, a lot of people used Google Reader as an easy way to follow RPG blogs. For those of you who still mainly visit D20 Source from Google Reader, there are a few options.

Feedly is a top contender that has apps for iOS, Android, Kindle as well as Chrome and Firefox extensions. According to our statistics, 87% of D20 Source readers use one of these platforms.

Feed Demon is a stand-alone Windows RSS aggregator program.

NetVibes is an RSS reader similar to Google Reader. Lifehacker also recommends The Old Reader. Both are web-based, but have no mobile app version. NewsBlur has mobile apps too, with a subscription fee of $1/month if you want to subscribe to more than 64 feeds.

If you’re one of the 1.64% of D20 Source readers who use Opera, you may be surprised to learn that Opera has a built-in feed aggregator. (It also has an e-mail client, IRC client, a torrent client, and a USENET reader, left over from an era where Opera tried to cram as many features as possible.) Simply click the RSS icon in the address bar and subscribe via Opera Mail. You can read your RSS feeds via the menu Opera > Feeds > Read Feeds (this only appears if you’re subscribed to at least one feed). Press j to go to the next post, spacebar to scroll through that post, and k to mark it as read.

Most of these options will let you import your Google Reader feed list, which you can download from Google Takeout.


  1. Granger44

    March 15th, 2013

    Feed Demon will not be an option once Google Reader shuts down as it will be shutting down too. http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/the-end-of-feeddemon.html

  2. Jason P

    March 15th, 2013

    I used and even bought Feed Demon. Sadly, it was integrated with Google Reader guts and it now being terminated along with it. http://nick.typepad.com/blog/2013/03/the-end-of-feeddemon.html

  3. Alexander Dörge

    March 15th, 2013

    It was actually Google Reader who suggested me this blog together with blogs like Gnome Stew and Campaign Mastery.

    I think it is a shame, because i’ve used it a lot and it is hard to find a good aggregator which can do it as organized as that one. Really a shame.

  4. Matt Brown

    March 15th, 2013

    I used Google Reader to track all my sites, and was really disappointed when they said they were killing it off.

    Since the announcement it appears that NewBlur has lowered the feed count to 12 for the free account and raised the price to 2/month for the premium accounts.

    Personally I have been trying out NetVibes, while it doesn’t have mobile apps the mobile version of the site works pretty well, at least on android.

  5. Christopher Spencer

    March 15th, 2013

    I’ve used RSS for years. Got introduced to it by other journalists. It just failed to catch on, sadly. It’s amazing and I read my RSS bundle of Roleplaying Blogs with enthusiasm daily.

    I’m testing out feedly.com … we shall see.

  6. James House-Lantto

    March 15th, 2013

    Google reader has been my main source of blog/article reading for as long as I’ve been reading blogs.

  7. infocyde

    March 16th, 2013

    I use google reader for political activism (as well as skimming RPG blogs). I’m subscribed to about 500 politics/geopolitical/military/esoteric/whatever blog feeds. With one click I can tweet links out of google reader. This is an extremely useful feature that I will miss.

  8. neocow

    March 16th, 2013

    I do, it is sad. :( I doubt i’ll migrate over myself, really.

  9. Josh

    March 17th, 2013

    Hmmmmm… I hope this doesn’t affect the Reading List section of blogger. I’ve never actually used Google Reader, but there’s that link on the Reading List that says, “View in Google Reader,” and now I wonder if I’ll lose my list…

  10. Noumenon72

    March 17th, 2013

    D&D blogs are what made me start using Google Reader because so many good ones update so irregularly.

  11. Jonathan Drain

    March 17th, 2013

    I’ll take that as a compliment :)

  12. Kevin Swartz

    May 17th, 2013

    Pulse is a good news aggregator; does many of the same things that Google Reader does but I switched over mostly because of the good iOS and Android Pulse apps. Create an account, go to add content and then paste the RSS feed you want to look up (in your case: http://www.d20source.com/feed) and most usually it works as easy as that.

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