Radiation physics, environmental contamination, and computational science. Researcher working for the Japan Atomic Energy Agency, in Kashiwa, Japan

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Switching from Feedly to Inoreader

Inoreader - nicely reminiscent of Google Reader

Inoreader – nicely reminiscent of Google Reader

It has been over a year now since Google shelved their web RSS aggregator, Google Reader. This was a bit of a blow for those of us who were using Google Reader, as it really was very good. Since Google closed the doors on the service I had been using Feedly.

Feedly never felt quite right however. For a start the interface was like Google Reader, but it also felt different. And different was not an improvement in this case.

Feedly forces you to use their bespoke app when accessing from an iPhone. Switching out from Safari into their app just to read news feeds was cumbersome.

Feedly also require that you login via a Gmail, Facebook account or suchlike to join them. This requirement never sat well with me. I used a Gmail account, but in terms of privacy it is unnerving how Google’s code is slowly pervading every site on the internet. Do not worry, the irony of this for this particular case is not lost on me.

The last straw was Feedly have recently started pushing ads for their $45 Pro service more prominently. Today I switched to another web-RSS reader, Inoreader.

In fact I have been using Inoreader for the past six months. When I joined JAEA I needed a separate RSS reader account for journal new article feeds. To create a second account with Feedly would have required handing over a set of social media account details to them. Therefore I looked elsewhere and found Inoreader. They let you create an account using any email address.

Inoreader is very similar to Feedly using the ‘List View’ setting, but more like the old Google Reader. The interface is definitely better. There is no need to use a separate app on the iPhone – their mobile site on Safari is perfect.

Switching between the Feedly and Inoreader was painless. You just export your RSS subscriptions from Feedly to an OMPL file, then import that file into Inoreader.

If you are looking around at different RSS aggregators, take a gander at Inoreader.

About Alex Malins

Alex is a researcher working for JAEA in radiation physics and environmental contamination.

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