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Who Needs Google Reader Anyway?

RIP Google Reader -- it was nice while it lasted.

Last night, Twitter erupted with more “OMG!” than a Justin Bieber concert. The culprit? Google announced they would be pulling the plug on their much loved (and at times maligned) RSS aggregator, Google Reader. Apparently, there’s more people complaining about the service going away than there were people actually using it (thankfully, Google is allowing you to export all your data seamlessly through Google Takeout). While we at Gilt Man are also more than a little annoyed (how else are we suppose to keep up with the world’s steeziness?), we had to act quickly. We compiled a list of the best RSS aggregators out there, all (mostly) compatible on iOS, Android, and of course your desktop.

Feedly is probably our favorite of the options available right now. For starters, it seamlessly integrates with Google Reader, which, while useful now, won’t be so come July. According to their blog they’re fully prepared to handle the migration of former-Readerites, which is promising given the fact they’re likely going to blow up with new members soon. Feedly is available across platforms and even has extensions for Chrome and Firefox. It’s pretty much why you loved Google Reader, but with a better interface and features.

Taptu basically allows you to act like a RSS DJ. You can mix and match sites to create your own curated feeds, as well as choose from already curated-by-Taptu feeds. According to cNet, the in-app scrolling was a bit lagging, but the ease  of customization still made it worthwhile. It’s also available across iOS, Android, and the web.

Newsblur has been another much buzzed about cross-platform reader. Migrating from Reader is seamless and it allows you to save stories to a number of services like Evernote, Instapaper, etc. It’s literally run by one dude in Brooklyn, which is pretty damn impressive. We’re willing to bet he may need a team in the very near future. One cool optional feature is the ability to have Newsblur learn your tastes and offer up new articles.

Everyone likely already knows about Flipboard, the fairly popular iPad/Android “social magazine.” You can’t use it on the web which is kind of lame, but it’s magazine-like functionality makes it really easy to go through all your articles and sites. Plus, you can connect all your social networks and stalk everyone in one place. Easy-as-pie.

(cNet, Techcrunch, USA Today)

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