Decline in Google reader usage .
Google wants to concentrate more on fewer products.
“Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer
Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.
Google official Blog.
Google Reader has always been the favorite here in the office, but a few of us have long held secret crushes for Netvibes, which is really very similar to Reader once you switch it out of the default “widgets mode.” Netvibes has lot more functionality than Reader, too (and some of them cost money!) — but at the expense of usability.
Importing your Reader OPML file into Netvibes is as simple as clicking “Add content” and then “Import.”
If you only have a few feeds — ExtremeTech and a handful of newspapers, perhaps — theniGoogle is well worth checking out. The only caveat is that it doesn’t accept OPML files (why not?), so you have to do a little bit of hacking to make it accept your exported Reader feeds. It’s also worth noting that iGoogle will be shutting down in November 2013, so this is only a temporary fix.
A very different take on RSS feed aggregation, Feedly takes the form of a browser add-on for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari, and also an iOS and Android app. Feedly takes your feeds and turns them into a magazine-type view. Its sharing features and integration with social networks is top notch.
By far the youngest kid on the block, but by no means the weakest, NewsBlur is a beautiful, slick, fast-paced and innately intelligent RSS reader. NewsBlur seems to be unique in that it combines RSS feeds and headers with actual websites: so for example, you can quickly surf through the headlines on the ExtremeTech’s site from within the NewsBlur site (just try it out if you’re having problems visualizing it — you don’t have to sign up to see what it’s like).