Super Test – RSS feed readers
Every time there’s announcement of spring cleaning over at Google, there’s always one service people lament the loss of. Google Wave was the first notable one, although at least the best features of that got into Google Docs. Google Listen was perhaps a little past its expiry date, but that didn’t stop our own Rob Zwetsloot from shedding a single tear for its passing. So it was with much outcry around the world, mainly from journalists and the enthusiast press, as Google announced that Reader, their browser based feed aggregator would be the next to go.
It was a simple service, but it synced to Android devices, and was one of the first of its kind to allow you to have a universal feed reader accessible on all your devices, without having to re-read older items. While there are some online readers that have come up since Readers inception, if Google can’t afford to run one, then the future of the others does not seem reliable.
Thankfully, over the years client side RSS readers have improved tremendously, partly in response to the popularity of Google Reader. It’s time to revisit them now, and we look to find out which is the best in this Feed Reader Group Test.