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Many web users are fans of feeds (RSS, Atom, etc.) as there is no other better way of following multiple sources of web content.

Google has announced that they are closing Google Reader by 1st of July 2013 and, if you are a user of it, you’ll be hunting for an alternative before that date.

It is great that Google Reader has an export feature for getting the subscription list. In short:

  • Click “Settings” icon in Google Reader and then the “Reader Settings”.
  • Choose “Import/Export” and click “Download your data through Takeout” and Google Takeout will guide you with the rest.

You may choose to keep following feeds with a web-based (hosted or self-hosted), desktop or a browser-integrated solution and here are all the good ones.

P.S. If your favorite is missing, please share them too.

 

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Netvibes

Netvibes

Netvibes is a service that is around for a very long time. It was famous with its iGoogle-like dashboard (that is actually created before iGoogle).

The service has both free + pro plans and the free plan is enough to get a Google Reader-like experience by importing unlimited feeds and switching to the list view.

NewsBlur

Newsblur

Newsblur is a very nice feed reader application which has the ability to load the real web-page besides displaying the feed-view.

Its free plan is limited to 64 feed addresses which may be enough for many. Also, the application is open sourced (check the self-hosted ones below).

The Old Reader

The Old Reader

The application has a very simplistic interface, allows categorizing the feeds and browse them easily.
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Infinite-Social-Wall is an open source PHP-MySQL application for presenting any social activity in a Pinterest-like interface.

The application can actually grab the content from any number of given RSS feeds but it has built-in styles and icons for social networking sites like Twitter, Reddit, Instagram, Github and more.

Infinite Social Wall

It makes use the awesome Isotope plugin for the layout and can scroll infinitely by loading new items while scrolling.

Infinite-Social-Wall uses the database for storing the parsed content from the feeds in our not to parse them each time.

For anyone willing to create such a self-updating website, the application is a very handy resource.

FeedEk is a jQuery plugin for parsing and displaying RSS and Atom feeds.

The plugin is so easy to use and can grab the feed items from any domain with a few lines of code.

Just mention the feed URL, how many items to be displayed, description and publish date to be shown or not and that's all.

FeedEk jQuery RSS Parser

selfoss is an open source and lightweight web application that can fetch content from any number of sources.

RSS is the content type supported by default, however, with its plugin system, any new source types (log files, e-mails, etc.) can be implemented by adding a single class.

selfoss

The application has a simple-yet-functional interface which also supports navigating via keyboard.

It is also flexible in means of the database used; you can either go with MySQL, SQLite or MongoDB.

Tiny Tiny RSS is an open source and web-based feed reader application that offers a desktop-like user experience.

It is built with PHP, uses MySQL or PostgreSQL for storing data and makes use of the Magpie and SimplePie libraries (check PHP RSS Parsers) for fetching the feeds.

The interface is completely Ajaxed, there is support for RSS, RDF + Atom and protected/authenticated feeds can be read as well.

Tiny Tiny RSS

Tiny Tiny RSS not only fetches data but can re-publish them as well (again as a RSS feed). The data is also reachable via a JSON-based API.

The application supports multiple users, it is multilingual and has a mobile-version as well.

And, there are many other features like OPML import/export, keyboard shortcuts, duplicate content filtering or article scoring.

One of the best ways to keep getting inspired and informed regularly is following the feeds of the websites we like.

And, Google Reader is the most popular application used in this case, thanks to the simplicity and price it offers.

WebReader is a free and cross-platform application that carries Google Reader to the desktop.

WebReader

Once logged in with the Google account, it synchronizes with Google Reader and offers many features like subscribing/unsubscribing, starring items, searching them and more.

Any item can be easily shared in social networking websites, there are multiple view options and a notifier can inform you when a new item is available.

Newswall is an open source web application that can display feeds and e-mails from any number of sources.

It shows the items as blocks in a dynamical way: the browser width determines the number of blocks per row. Also, depending on the text size of a message, the block contains text only, a header image and text below or just an image.

Newswall

Besides the intros, full feeds and e-mails (pop and imap are supported) can be read on a click.

The application is multilingual (several languages are already included) and its look can be customized by updating the CSS file.

Newswall is built with PHP and doesn't require any database.

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  • PHP RSS Reader, a free application with a paid/premium version that was shared before at WRD, now has a new version with nice features.

    The application can crawl any number of feeds and can organize them inside categories created.

    Similar to how Google News does, it can now show related news articles appear below each new item, in clusters nice way of discovering more.

    PHP RSS Reader

    The premium version has the ability to categorize contents that include pre-defined keywords which is very useful if you're monitoring your brand or a specific subject.

    That version also has a multi-user interface where each user can create his/her own feeds and vote on the stories displayed.

    Who is it good for?

    It fits to various scenarios:

    • creating a website from scratch which totally feeds from other sources.
    • a companion to a website for displaying content from other similar websites.
    • monitoring your brand or specific keywords from preferred sources (Twitter, newspapers and more).

    P.S. The premium version also comes with an optional free installation.

    Managing News is an open source application that aggregate RSS/Atom based content with search, republishing and mapping.

    It is built on Drupal and 30 other open source resources (mostly Drupal modules) and can display the content as list or on a map (by geotagging them).

    Managing News

    Using Managing News, it is possible to search for key trends within the feeds followed and graph the results.

    Also, it enables you to share any story using Facebook, Twitter or email.

    PHP RSS Reader is an application which can crawl an unlimited number of feeds & presents them with an easy-to-use interface.

    For an organized navigation, It is possible to create categories & place feeds inside them.

    A handy feature is "keyword-based" categories which can auto-move items with the keywords mentioned into the related categories which is great for anyone who follows multiple feeds but hunts for specific keywords.

    PHP RSS Reader

    PHP RSS Reader comes with a complete admin panel where every setting can be controlled.

    The application creates SEO-friendly URLs for every category & article which is important for anyone who will use PHP RSS Reader for creating a feed-based website rather than using it as a personal feed-reader.

    It is possible to change the look & feel of the interface by simply playing with the CSS files.

    There is a web-based installer that help making the application online in a few minutes.

    PHP RSS Reader comes with 2 versions:

    The application is a must-check for anyone looking for an advanced RSS reader, planning to create a feed-based website or integrate feeds into an application (where PHP RSS Reader can be used only as the backend engine).

    P.S. This post is a sponsored review.

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