Following Wednesday's news that Google would be shutting down its RSS aggregation platform Google Reader in July, personalized magazine company Zite today announced that it had built a functional replacement that does not utilize Google's infrastructure.

Zite has long included support for Google Reader, using the platform to allow readers to import customized feeds into the app. Zite’s replacement for Google Reader was built in just six hours and is simple to set up.

Users are able to link a Google Reader account to the app and then access those feeds through the app's Quicklist section.

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Zite notes that the current hastily pulled together implementation of Google Reader offers just basic functionality, which will be improved in the future.

Note that this is a basic feed reading only. There are definitely some limitations:
-The "Google Reader" section will only appear after you’ve restarted the app or added another category (something we’ll fix in the near future)

-Not every RSS feed is currently indexed by us, which is something we’ll be working on.

-There’s no way to edit your feeds (something we hope to add an interface for, probably on the Web)

-No folder support (we’re thinking about the best way to implement or eliminate the need for folders)

-No ongoing syncing with Google Reader (you can force a sync by re-linking, though)

-No prominent count of unread articles (just kidding, this is a feature!)

Other companies are also planning to release Google Reader alternatives. Digg has announced that it will be creating a reader of its own and Feedly has developed a clone of the Google Reader API called Normandy, which will allow users to seamlessly transition to the service.

Universal app Zite, which received an update earlier this week, is available for download from the App Store. [Direct Link]

Top Rated Comments

troop231 Avatar
143 months ago
Still really ticked off that Google is shutting down Reader :(
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jive turkey Avatar
143 months ago
One thing these new potential Google Reader replacements, from Digg to Zine, seem to have in common is a desire to use "deep personalization technology that can analyze user reading habits and pick the best stories from their Google Reader instead of getting inundated with hundreds of articles."

And you know what? That sucks.

I'm holding out hope that The Old Reader (if I can ever make it through the queue) or Newsblur can fill the void for those of us who live inside Google Reader and depend on RSS to do our jobs efficiently. Someone please give us something that simply gathers info from the sources we want and lets us read what WE want, when WE want it, without you trying to decide what it is you think we should want to read. Some of us need to go through "hundreds of articles" because often times the bit of info we need is in some obscure place.

One thing for sure is that, in this age of free everything on the 'Net, I won't mind in the least paying for a good GR alternative.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Razeus Avatar
143 months ago
Didn't know ZITE was still a relevant player in the IOS world...

I use it rather than Flipboard and the like. It's really a neat app.
Score: 3 Votes (Like | Disagree)
hybra Avatar
143 months ago
+1 to Zite vs Flipboard
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
afd Avatar
143 months ago
Still really ticked off that Google is shutting down Reader :(

Am still really ticked off that Apple shut down Rss support in safari, that's the only reason I started using Google Reader.
Score: 2 Votes (Like | Disagree)
aaron987 Avatar
143 months ago
A simple GR alternative

So far, there doesn't appear to be a clear alternative to email-style RSS aggregator, short of installing $30 Fever on your own a hosted server anyway.

I'm holding out hope that The Old Reader (if I can ever make it through the queue) or Newsblur can fill the void for those of us who live inside Google Reader and depend on RSS to do our jobs efficiently. Someone please give us something that simply gathers info from the sources we want and lets us read what WE want, when WE want it, without you trying to decide what it is you think we should want to read. Some of us need to go through "hundreds of articles" because often times the bit of info we need is in some obscure place.

If that is how you read your news, then I have an alternative that you might like. Check out Feed Fiend (http://feedfiend.com). The focus is on simplicity, which sounds like something you are looking for. In fact, I built it because I wanted something simple, so you can rest assured that it will stay simple. It is also totally free.

*Disclaimer: I own Feed Fiend.
Score: 1 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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