If you have been following my blog you might remember that I switched to Feedly because Google Reader shutdown. Well, now I've switched over to using The Old Reader as my new RSS reader for keeping updated with all my favorite blogs.
1. Google Login
I didn't like how Feedly asks for my Google login information. Why does Feedly still need to use Google account login info when Google Reader shutdown? I know some people might love using Facebook, Twitter, Google, etc. accounts to connect all of their various services. I am just not one of those people.
While this does make things less of a hassle I personally don't like 1 company having all my login credentials. The Old Reader allows you to use their service with just a good old fashioned email. However, if you want to use your Facebook or Google account you can.
2. The Old Reader makes it simple to Leave
>If I ever want to leave The Old Reader and use another RSS reader or service I can easily export an OPML file and upload it somewhere else. I appreciate the freedom that The Old Reader provides since a lot of other RSS services, like Feedly, don't make it easy to export your RSS feeds if you are unhappy with the service.
Even if you have complaints about The Old Reader at least be happy that they make it easy for you to leave if you want.
UPDATE: You can easily leave Feedly if you want. Check the comments below.
3. It's Simple and Easy-to-Use
The Old Reader is simple, easy-to-use, and fairly intuitive. Like a lot of things there is a small learning curve but once you get the hang of The Old Reader I don't think many people will have issues using it. Check The Old Reader 101 and you should be good.
Feedly is pretty easy-to-use too but there were some things about it I just wasn't happy with. I prefer the layout of The Old Reader.
4. There is no Android app
UPDATE: You can use Greader with as The Old Reader Android app and the mobile site experience with The Old Reader is pretty good. Additionally check The Old Reader apps list for other apps you can use with it.
Ok, for most this is not a positive but a negative. The Old Reader doesn't have an Android app, which is a bit annoying, but I don't mind actually. I am trying to shift a lot of my news reading focus to my laptop and not use my smartphone so much. I think a lot of people have a bit of an addiction to their smartphone. As awesome as having a smartphone is I don't need to be checking people's blogs on their every second of everyday.
There is an iOS app for The Old Reader though. So if you are an iOS user you can gloat to Android users.
Most people probably think I am crazy for switching from Feedly to The Old Reader. I can't actually really argue that The Old Reader is better than Feedly. I do realize Feedly is much faster and more refined but keep in mind that The Old Reader developers work on it their spare time. They do a pretty good job in my opinion for a side project. There have been some technical issues with the RSS service recently where it went down but the developers seem to have resolved those problems. You can follow The Old Reader Blog and @TheOldReader on Twitter.
The Old Reader works for my needs right now and I could end up switching down the road. I've tried different RSS services since Google Reader shutdown but haven't been happy with them. BlogLovin seems ok but there are some things I don't like about it too. I wish the Keep Google Reader campaign could have been successful.
I did hear about a good Google Reader alternative recently called InoReader. I haven't had time to check it out but people to like it on Twitter and there is a mobile enabled site for InoReader. Just so we are clear I do not recommend it but I am just mentioning it here.
What do you think of me switching from Feedly to The Old Reader? Am I crazy or did I make a smart move? Do you have a Google Reader alternative that you really like and want to share? Let people know below.