Feedbin Is My New RSS Reader

About a month ago I wrote a post about RSS being alive in which I wrote the following regarding the impact of Google’s decision to shut down Reader.

Several companies (including Feedly and Digg) have already jumped into the fray to announce their support for new RSS news reading applications. Because while the reader market is small potatoes for Google it represents an opportunity for a much smaller company.

Since then I have tried out a few potential alternatives to Google Reader, including Feedly and Feedbin. If someone asked me which ones were the best alternatives to Google Reader right now I would say that those two are the best options, but for the moment I have chosen Feedbin as my primary RSS reader to consume feeds on a daily basis. I’ll explain why I have made that choice in the paragraphs below.

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RSS Is Alive But Hidden

Don't Panic

There has been much consternation on the Internet in the weeks since Google announced their decision to shut down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Count me among the first that initially recoiled in horror when I read the announcement…in Google Reader of course. The thing is that for many Google Reader has become an engine that processes large amounts of information and makes it available seemingly everywhere we need it. And so while it is certainly a niche product for Google, Google Reader is incredibly important to those who use it daily.

The concern regarding the closure of Google Reader is also borne out of the fact that in popularizing their tool Google essentially wiped out all of the competition for RSS (stands for Really Simple Syndication) news readers out of the market. Part of the reason Google was able to achieve this was based on the fact that Google Reader could be used and kept in sync across multiple platforms. The Google Reader API also allowed other applications (such as Reeder which I use and love) to to provide new news feed reading experiences without having to build all the back end systems required to manage and poll feeds. So knowing that Google Reader was going away many people began scrambling for the answer to the question, “Is RSS dead?” Because if RSS is dead some people will have to figure out new ways to read their news until developers can figure out a technology that can replace RSS.

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