AOL Reader Launched: Just in time to export your Google Reader feeds

Since Google announced they were shutting down Google Reader, there has been a scramble by smaller feed readers products to try and get as many people to migrate to their service. While Feedly, seems to be the biggest beneficiary, while there are still some other alternatives around. AOL has just announced a feed reader, that allows users to migrate their RSS feeds from Google Reader to AOL. Visit to sign-up for the beta service.

AOL Reader

AOL Reader is in beta, but in the hour or so I spent on it, it looks pretty stable. It has some very basic features built-in like sharing posts to some of the popular social networks.

I also saw some advertisements from AOL on a right sidebar. Personally, I am not a fan of adverts on any service I use, but the ads on AOL Reader are not much of an distraction for me to think of not using the service.

AOL Reader lacks on some fronts like there is no native Android or iOS app for the reader. This is a web only service at the moment. It also lacks integration with any 3rd party services like Flipboard which is very popular with tablet users. But I think that will change as AOL Reader already has released an API for developers.

AOL Reader is very basic and very beta at the moment. So I won’t exactly be moving away from Feedly, which is now my default Google Reader alternative for a couple of months. But it is good to see more services getting into RSS feeds. I guess RSS feeds are not going to die anytime soon.

Link: AOL Reader


Reeder App for iPad and Mac is Free for Limited time

If you own a Macbook or iPad from Apple, chances are you might be using a popular feed reader app called Reeder. The Reeder app was available for the price of $4.99 previously but now has dropped the price to ‘zero’. So now Reeder is available free for iPad and Mac users. The iPhone users are not so lucky, the app remain a paid one for the phone.

The app will probably not remain free for a long time. It will remain free until Reeder releases a version 2.0 for iPad and Mac users.The new version will also be a time when it moves away from its dependence on Google Reader.

Reeder - Mac

Reeder’s move away from Google Reader

  • Though Reeder app has a healthy community, its future is a bit unclear. This is because it was totally dependent on Google Reader. But Reeder insists they will continue beyond 1st July, 2013 the date when Google Reader goes offline.
  • Reeder will be also experimenting with a standalone local RSS Feed reader.
  • The iPhone app will also integrate with FeedBin a RSS feed reader which is a paid service.

So if you own a Mac and/or an iPad, then it will be a good idea to check out Reeder app. You can also look up other Google Reader alternatives.

(via Reeder)


Flipboard Allows Users to Curate Content as Public Magazines

Flipboard today updated its app for the iPad and brought in a new feature. This feature allows users to create public or private magazines with their favorite collections. While many users who use Flipboard actually use it to consume their social and RSS feeds, they could not really interact with other users.

This is basically a collection of webpages that can be bookmarked and saved with other Flipboard users. We can create these personalized magazines using a bookmarklet too. This makes it useful as we can bookmark some pages into magazines from your desktop browser and then get back to them on a tablet.


Flipboard also displays publicly available magazines prominently. This in reality makes Flipboard into a social network of content curators.

Flipbaord - User Magazines

At the moment this update is available only on iPad but should be available on Android soon.

Google Reader’s deathwatch impact


Just the other day, Flipboard unrolled a new setting for Android users to cut down their data plan bills with a setting that disables automatic loading of images. Our in-house Android fan Vibin yesterday came across Press for Android – which is a alternative RSS reader app to Google Reader.

There are also many Google Reader alternatives ramping up their plans. Also Digg which once specialized in social bookmarking is promising a new RSS feed reader. This is a great time for smaller companies who are specializing in tracking content publishing and feeds. The problem with companies as large as Google is they might not be able to dedicate innovative minds on a fulltime basis to smaller projects but that is not a problem with smaller companies.

At the moment, Flipboard is really coming out with some innovative features but its only downside is it does not have a web application to use from the browser.