On the 1st of July, Google Reader will be going away. And unless you have been living in a cave for the past few weeks you will have heard about it. Google Reader had been my RSS reader of choice for the past five years I would say and it is what I rely on in order to stay up-to-date with the latest tech news and other subjects I’m interested in.
What I really appreciated with this tool was its efficiency. In fact, the way the information was displayed and the numerous keyboard shortcuts allowed me to quickly go through what I would have missed on Twitter or on other websites I follow regularly.Therefore, its successor had to have at least a display mode that would make it easy for me to see which articles would be more interesting than others and my usual keyboard shortcuts.
After the annoucement of Google Reader’s death, several new tools were created by companies already working around the RSS technology and others trying to revive thanks to this opportunity aka Digg. I’ve had a look and tried a few of them and while some like AOL‘s have suprised me, I must say I was quite disapointed and not really finding what I loved in Google Reader.
I eventually decided to settle with Feeldy and I think I will try to use it for a few weeks and see how it goes. It has a good enough display mode and keyboard shortcuts so I shouldn’t feel too lost after all.