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What You Said: Your Favorite RSS Readers


Earlier this week we asked you to share your favorite RSS reader; now we’re back to share your RSS favorites, tips, and tricks.

By an overwhelming majority, readers preferred Google Reader. While many readers simply used the web/mobile interface without any extra apps or modifications, plenty of them used reader in conjunction with something else.

Alex LaFroscia writes:

Google Reader, synced with Reeder for iOS and OSX. Both apps are perfect for me, and I never use the web interface anymore, although I used to use that exclusively.

Nolan syncs RSSOwl (a popular reader choice) and Liferea with Google Reader:

RSSOwl on Windows. Syncs up with Google Reader and closes/minimizes to tray.
Liferea on Ubuntu. Also syncs with Google Reader and integrates nicely into the Unity interface.


A few other popular Google Reader-friendly apps were Feedly and FeedDemon. Stemills writes:

FeedDemon, easy to navigate, opens full article in your browser of choice, previews so you can choose to read or skip, It does everything you want.

Despite the wild popularity of Google Reader, many readers were put off by the recent overhaul of the Google Reader interface. Lee writes:

I use Google Reader. I like it because it’s web based mostly. But I’m not sure how much I like the new design yet. I liked the simplicity of the older one. This new one just looks a little more bloated. If I could decrease the size of the list items (like Gmail) then I would probably like it more.

HelpingHand offers his, well, help, for readers upset over the new Google Reader interface:

For all power users pissed off with the new UI (like me) here’s something to fix it and make GR usable again. (found it last night)

GoogleReaderBack script – this keeps the new aesthetic but gets rid of all the unnecessary wasted space.

GoogleReaderBack is a Greasemonkey script so you’ll either need Greasemonkey installed or a browser with native Greasemonkey support (like Google Chrome 4+).

For more reader/device combinations, hit up the full comment thread here.

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 11/4/11

Comments (8)

  1. Markus

    GoogleReaderBack script is really cool! Thanks a lot “HelpingHand”!

  2. tyler78

    Try Google Reader with Feedly. Perfect extension for Firefox, Chrome, Safari, iOS and Android.

  3. Tam Nguyen Photography

    I use the web service daily and religiously. I didn’t like the new design at all, so I cooked up a few fixes here

  4. Thomly

    GoogleReaderBack is really nice!

    Now I just want the “next” and “previous” back at the bottom of the screen, I liked clicking those without going to the upper right corner.
    (Yeah I know there are keyboard shortcuts but sometimes I just feel like using only my mouse.)

  5. Andrew

    There’s a big difference between those that read about 10 posts a day and those that sort through 2,000+ daily and share 30-50 items.

    A solution for one is unacceptable to another.

  6. Anand Kumar

    I have been moved to Netvibes after the change in layout of Google Reader.

  7. Shari

    Nice script! I’m on a netbook and you just saved my poor mind.

  8. rid

    For me i just used, rss/atom feed reader in my opera browser. All in one, love opera. By the way I never test any other rss reder.

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