By now, most of the web is abuzz with news of Google axing its Google Reader, which is a platform that most bloggers, including me, identify with. I’ve lived with Google Reader open while I worked for several years, either via FeedDemon and also directly. With the demise of Google Reader, Nick has also decided to kill FeedDemon, most of you might already be hunting for alternatives.
About a week back I noticed that the stats for all my feeds at Google’s Feedburner had turned to zero. Google acknowledged the issue a few days back. There has been a lot of speculation about the future of Feedburner with Google losing the Feedburner.
I’m sure most of you have heard of it already, but FeedDemon now includes synchronization for Google Reader as well as the already existing Newsgator, which has been a part of it ever since the beginning. I’ve been using FeedDemon for several years now and the best part of it is the complete synchronization it has with Newsgator. I’ve been running the beta versions and it’s turning out better with time.
There are quite a few RSS readers out there and after taking a look at a few of them I stumbled upon FeedDemon. To be more specific FeedDemon 3, which is currently in it’s beta state and is available for download here. For those who have never used FeedDemon, it is a really neat and clean RSS reader that makes keeping track of and reading your feeds extremely easy.
I’m a big fan and a two year old user of FeedDemon. However, my feed statistics as well as those of several others I know, show that Google Reader is one of the maximum used online feed reading software. I, for one, hate the concept of a web based reader.
One little known and even lesser used feature of Feedburner is called MyBrand. MyBrand lets you use your own domain name to host your feed instead of feedproxy.google.
Using FeedBlitz or any third party service requires your visitors to move away from your site when they are subscribing or using that service. Google’s Custom Search Engine as well as Adsense for Search ensured that visitors stayed on your site by embedding custom forms on pages of your site. Now, FeedBlitz has introduced Embedded Subscription Forms.
FeedBlitz, a popular Blog to Email service has changed its Terms of Service which come into effect on August 19, 2007. The two main changes to the terms of service are: Lists with an active circulation of 5,000 or more must be on a FeedBlitz premium service (Pro, Turbo or Newsletter Edition). Ads will be inserted into subscriber emails for lists with circulations of this size until such time as they comply This is indeed a surprising change, though their reasoning for the same makes sense.
IndiaNewsBox is a new Indian startup that aims at being a news aggregator to display news on a single page while preserving the segregation in news source. Currently they offer news from the following categories: National Headlines International Headlines Business Sports -> Cricket Technology News Showbiz Regional News -> Hindi Regional News -> Kannada Market News Indian Blogs Each page has nine different sources for news. Clicking on an article takes you to the respective page.