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Replacing Google Reader

This week the news came out that google reader is to close down. As a google reader user I’ve been thinking about where to turn, and with help from twitter I’ve had a look at some other feed readers, and I thought I would share my findings.

If you are a fellow Google Reader user you can sign this petition to keep Google Reader open



  • Viewing blogs takes you to the whole blog, which makes it easier to comment
  • Ability to import bloglist direct from google reader
  • Easy to follow other bloggers who use bloglovin’
  • Ability to see stats for people following your blog on blog lovin’ (need to add a blog lovin’ link to your blog for this feature)
  • Ability to group blogs, but…
  • Web based so can be viewed from any computer.
  • Apple app
  • Easy to find new blogs on topics you are interested in and by popularity


  • Bloglovin’ page doesn’t show the whole post meaning you either have to flick through posts one by one or go back and forth between the homepage and the blogs you want to read.
  • …laborious to group blogs, can only do one at a time.



  • Different options for viewing; as webpage, text only, rss view, by comments and sharing
  • Ability to ‘teach’ what you like and don’t like so you only see posts you’re interested in
  • Ability to group and see how much is available in each group
  • Apps for android and Apple
  • Ability to try before joining up
  • Web based
  • Ability to mark posts as read with a time limit (e.g. all posts more than a week old)


  • View seems a little ‘clunky’
  • Need to pay to follow more than 12 feeds



  • Easy to follow WordPress blogs.
  • Ability to track comments made on WordPress blogs
  • First thing you see when you log into wWordpress so means you look at other blogs every time you go to work on your blog
  • Android and Apple apps
  • Web based
  • Blogs can be imported from Google Reader
  • Easy to find new similar blogs


  • Whole posts not shown on feed page
  • Images are moved so content images become title images



  • Android and Apple apps
  • Ability to import google reader blogs
  • Easy to group blogs and see unread content numbers for each group
  • Variety of ways to view content. I like whole article view for intense reading and magazine view for a quick overview
  • Ability to sync with twitter and facebook so all your feeds can be seen in one place and for easy sharing
  • Ability to mark posts as read with a time limit
  • Clean, easy to use layout
  • Ability to import google reader feeds
  • Ability to tweet and retweet within page
  • Sign-in with google, no need for new account


  • App/add-on based so can only be viewed from computers/portable devices with add-ons/apps. Can be used with Firefox, Chrome, Android and IOS
  • Suggested sites based on pre-ordained interests rather than blogs already followed.
  • Some on twitter have re[ported problems with images but I haven’t come across this problem.


Currently feedly is my favourite, but we shall see how continued use goes.


Which Feed Readers do you use? Should I try them out? What might I like about them?



Filed under Musings, News


Seeing as this blog now has ‘outlets’ all over the place I thought it would be about time to make a list of how and where you can connect with the blog.

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RSS Feed

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All my blog posts automatically cross-post to twitter, as do my goodreads updates. I also sometimes post interesting articles and make observations- generally about books. Plus twitter is a good place to find me for a chat! Follow me @lucybirdbooks or by clicking the twitter feed on my sidebar.


This is the newest way of connecting with me. As with twitter all my posts automatically cross-post to Facebook. From Facebook you can send me a message or make general comments on the blog quite easily. I post the occasional article from other places and also talk a little about my reading, although for chat you’re better to follow me on twitter. A good advantage to facebook is that you can message me without giving away your e-mail address (but why wouldn’t you want to right?!). You can Like Lucybird’s Book Blog here


All my reviews are cross-posted to Goodreads (although the scoring has to be adapted when I use half stars) plus you can see how far along I am with my current reads. I’m a member of a few groups as well and as with facebook you can message me over there. You can find me as Lucy over there.


You can also find my reviews on Amazon UK


You can now find me on tumblr. Posts are automatically cross-posted, I will be sharing manly pictures and quotes, and re-blogs


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