Following the announcement of the retirement of Google Reader, many users started looking for alternatives as good as Google Reader. The internet is filled with a number of RSS readers but most of them are either not as good or they require users to pay in order to use the service. Since the announcement was made, I researched a lot to find an app that could take the place of Google Reader and luckily, I came across The Old Reader.
It’s a very simple and easy to use application that allows users to read their favourite websites. There is no doubt Feedly is also a very good alternative but I prefer The Old Reader as it has a simple and easy to user interface and can be used with Google account.
Using The Old Reader
The Old Reader is very simple and easy to use. You don’t have to download any browser extension or third party application in order to use the service. All you have to do is login to your Google or Facebook account and you are good to go.
You will be redirected to The Old Reader dashboard after authorizing your account. The next step is to import your feeds from Google Reader. Just use Google Takeout to create a backup of your RSS feeds. After exporting your XML file from Google Takeout, click on Import in the top right corner of the screen.
Now, just browse and select the subscriptions.xml file and click on the Import button. It will automatically start the transfer process. Do note that it might take some time and by some time I mean, days to import your data due to the large number of people switching to it.
After the import process is complete, you will be able to view your RSS feeds in a Google Reader like interface.
The Old Reader is a very useful online RSS reader that can replace Google Reader in most cases. Do you use The Old Reader? If not, please share with us your favourite RSS reader using the comments section below.