Need A Google Reader Alternative? Meet Newsblur

newsblurWith the shutdown of Google Reader having just been announced, the Web is full of discussion about where those of us who utilize RSS should turn next. I’m happy to report there’s a solution I already use and love: Newsblur.

I have been a user of the completely Web-based Newsblur since 2011 and have been nothing but impressed. It’s easy to use, dependable, fast, and gets the job done. Plus, it has a ton of features for those who want them. I use several.

Newsblur is the work of a sole developer based in Brooklyn named Sam Clay and has been online since 2010 with a growing but still small user base. That’s very likely going to change. Newsblur received funding from Y Combinator during 2012.

When I first started using Newsblur, I had a few questions, and Sam answered them in a matter of hours — something that Google is not able to do. My bet is that Sam might need to expand from a one-person operation and hire some staff. If this happens, I hope his commitment to answering user questions and listening to suggestions continues.

Developers might be interested to learn that Newsblur’s code is open source and posted on Git Hub.

Ten Reasons To Choose Newsblur

Here are a few of the reasons you might want to consider Newsblur as you look for a Google Reader alternative.

1. Migrating from Google Reader is easy. Point, click, and in a matter of minutes, your feeds are being checked by Newsblur.

2. Feeds can be viewed in the reader in one of three formats.

3. Save stories to a number of services (Evernote, Instapaper, etc.)

4. Share, annotate, and post stories on your Newsblur blog.

5. iPad, iPhone, and Android apps. iPhone is the primary way I interact with Newsblur.

6. Pricing? As of now, up to 64 feeds are free. An unlimited number of feeds and a few additional features including more frequent checks for new headlines is $1-$3/month.

7. Feeds are polled often (10x more often for paid users).

8. Newsblur can learn (this is an optional feature) what’s most interesting to you and then highlight articles meeting your criteria. Here’s how they describe their ‘training’ feature:

By using NewsBlur’s training filters, you can hide stories you don’t want to see and highlight the stories that interest you. Teaching NewsBlur your preferences (or lack thereof) for certain blogs, authors, and topics cuts down on the noise and connects you with the news that interests you most.

9. Newsblur’s code is open source and posted on GitHub.

10. It’s good to support the work of small companies. (-:

More Reasons To Try

Here are other comments and reviews about Newsblur:

As you look for alternatives, make sure to stop by and give Newsblur a whirl. But, if you want further choices, see this article at our sister site Marketing Land: 12 Google Reader Alternatives.

Related Topics: Channel: Content | Features: Analysis | Google: Reader | Toolbars & Add-Ons


About The Author: is a librarian, author, and an online information analyst based in suburban Washington, DC. He is the co-founder and co-editor of INFOdocket and and prior to that was founder/editor of ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. He has worked for Blekko,, and at Search Engine Watch where he was news editor. In 2001, Price was the co-author (with Chris Sherman) of the best-selling book The Invisible Web.

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  • Ittiam

    Can we add ‘keyword’ feeds? Most of my subscriptions on my Google Reader are not websites. They are keyword alerts (like ‘Android’). Does Newsblur have the feature?

  • Rosa Soota

    Try DaTerminal

  • Skimr

    Google Reader alternative? Try Skimr –

  • Jawad Latif

    I am going to give it a try right now.

  • Jawad Latif

    I tried but deleted my account as it is too slow.

  • Chenzo

    I have heard mixed feedback about newsblur Gary – this isn’t a paid post is it ;o)
    your pal,

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  • Kevin Görner

    Danny here are about 100 alternatives, maybe this link is useful for the article:

  • Andrew Hiddleston

    I really like Google Reader — it’s a shame they are retiring it.

    Just tried to get on newsblur but the site is down.

    Anyone else having this issue?


  • Travis Prebble

    Alternative feed reader sites are taking a beating with the Google Reader news. I had a bear of a time getting on Feedly last night.

  • Shannon Sofield

    Bloglines. Oldie, but a goodie. Save from being shut down a few years ago and is better than ever.

  • nsauser

    Yea, this isn’t working very well. The site was barely functional to load and then when I set-up a new account it ‘logged an error’. I think I’ll just use Feedly. Being overwhelmed by traffic is no excuse in this day and age.

  • Arjan de Raaf

    Have a look now at http://Totally.Me if you are looking for a alternative for both Google Reader and iGoogle (shutting down on November 1). Totally.Me offers a visualized experience for all your Social Updates and News Headlines.

  • Zanpher

    How does this work with NewsBlur being consistently offline?

  • Harsh Bawa

    I have used Newsblur quite often but on many occasions, I have seen that its really slow and sometimes the site is completely offline.

    Bloglines, feedly are other things I have used in order to make my life easier.

    On the whole, I am sure millions will be disappointed with Google reader being shut down as it was one of the best places you can go and get everything.

    I think the developer of Newsblur should hire some experienced staff and not be a one man army because thousands will sign up after reading this post ;)

  • pauljmartinez

    FeedBin looks promising.

  • Daily Deals Script

    While Reader is near about gone, its user base is now groping for alternatives that can serve as the perfect replacement. While there are plenty of options worth exploring, Feedly, Taptu, Pulse, Flipboard and Google very own, Currents are the ones FATbit found closest substitutes to humble Reader.. as FABlog Post

  • Sanket Patel

    I just try to use Newsblur but site is down and also facing the problem to using it. I always like to use Google Reader and it such a best place to get every updates very easily. Unfortunately they are retiring it.

  • Staffo

    i’m trying it right’s taking up to 10 min to add a single feed !! I really hope they’ll upgrade their servers

  • treb072410

    I haven’t tried it yet, but I will.. Thanks for sharing it…

  • robertrizzo

    Free accounts currently suspended. Also, only 64 feeds…really!? Try feedly.

  • wonders4

    Too many free ones for this crap.

  • Michal Řepásek

    And what about to try

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