Suggestions for web-based feed readers?

Since Google Reader lost half the functionality that made it worthwhile, I’d switched to Goodbits, which had the functionality that Google Reader still had, and didn’t belong to Google, and which was planning to implement the other functionality.

Unfortunately, Goodbits is shutting down in a week’s time. Can anyone recommend a good web-based feed reader? It has to be web-based because I use multiple machines and don’t want to spend half my life coping with duplication. Ideally, it would have sharing facilities, too. Can anyone recommend anything?

(Basically, what I want is Google Reader as it existed in September 2011. I am aware that nothing like that currently does exist, but the closer I can get the better.)

Were it not for the fact that any code I write is owned by my employer, I’d be very tempted indeed to knock a Google Reader clone together. The demand is definitely still there…

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5 Responses to Suggestions for web-based feed readers?

  1. I use my dreamwidth friends page. It’s easy to add feeds to it. But I’ve never used google reader so I don’t know if it replicates the functionality of that.

    • Andrew Hickey says:

      The main problem with using LJ/DW style pages is there’s no ‘mark as read’ or ‘share’ function. The latter’s not a deal-breaker, because I can always share/save with delicious, but the former is — if I read through a couple of hundred articles, but haven’t read *everything*, I’ve no easy way of getting back to the point I left off.

      • andrewducker says:

        Remind me what Google Reader doesn’t do?

        • Andrew Hickey says:

          The main thing is that it got rid of the sharing and comment features. Ordinarily, that wouldn’t be a deal-breaker for me, but they did it at essentially no notice, and have also been integrating it more and more with Google+ — it seems unlikely that it’ll last for much longer.
          I may well end up going back to it, but I’d rather use a technology that was likely to be supported for a reasonable time.

  2. I sent you a tweet earlier but thought I’d better respond here too as I suspect that’s what you wanted…

    Anyway, I actually just use Blogger and it works fine for me. I can follow feeds by inputting a URL and then I just click on new stories as they show up. You don’t actually need a Blogger blog to use it (I didn’t for a long time and still used it as my primary feed reader)-everything is managed through a Google account and Blogger features full integration with Google+ (for however much good that will do you).

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