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8 Alternatives to Google Reader

Now that Google’s retiring Reader, what tool/app would you recommend that other entrepreneurs use in its stead?

The following answers are provided by the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC), an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, the YEC recently launched #StartupLab, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses via live video chats, an expert content library and email lessons.

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1. NewsBlur

NewsBlur is an entirely open-source app, so there is no worry about it going away. There is one developer, and he has a business model in place, so it should be supported indefinitely.

Wade Foster, Zapier

2. Zite and Flipboard for Mobile

I recommend Zite or Flipboard. Zite is amazing, as it remembers your usage and starts filtering better content as it learns about what you like. For main news content, Circa is also a great app that is highly recommended. To create a cool newspaper, Paper.li is a great tool for gathering feeds and is very unique for your branding, too!

andreskorda, Avanti Way

3. Feedly

Feedly does a great job replicating the Google Reader experience, and it’s super easy to import all of your GR subscriptions quickly. They are also working on their own syncing engine, which should be ready before Google Reader shuts down on July 1.

Josh Weiss, Bluegala

4. Digg

After being super impressed by Digg’s redesign, I’m now looking forward big time to their promised alternative to Google Reader. Sign me up!

Derek Flanzraich, Greatist

5. The Old Reader

The Old Reader is currently the closest direct replacement to Google Reader that you will immediately be familiar with. The appearance and layout are similar as well as the social aspects of sharing stories. With the ability to use your Google login and the same Google keyboard shortcuts, you’ll feel right at home with The Old Reader.

Jared Christopherson, Yellowhammer

6. Press (Android)

I do 90 percent of my feed reading on my tablet or smartphone. Press is a beautiful-looking reader for Android. It is easy to set up, and its ease of use is top-notch!

Justin Nowak, Startup Canada

7. Twitter

RSS feeds used to be all the rage, but these days you can stay up to date on current events, new technology and more with Twitter. Follow thought leaders on subjects you’re interested in, and you’ll see a curated list of articles in your feed.

Bhavin Parikh, Magoosh Test Prep

8. Flipboard for iPad

Flipboard on the iPad has access to all the best content sources and is a free, elegant and easy-to-use application that makes the most of the iOS features. I love being able to create custom content categories and can spend hours flipping through stories.

Henry Glucroft, Henry’s / Airdrop

About the Author: The Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world's most promising young entrepreneurs. In partnership with Citi, YEC recently launched StartupCollective, a free virtual mentorship program that helps millions of entrepreneurs start and grow businesses.
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