On March 13, Google announced that they will close down Google Reader on the first of July. I use Google Reader every day to keep tabs on the dozens of blogs, webcomics, news sites, etc. that I follow, so I immediately started looking around for a replacement for Google Reader. While I did find a few sites that showed promise, none of them quite did what I wanted.
Specifically, I wanted a simple news reader that I can read on whatever device I happen to be using. So it would need to be able to do a few things:Maintain my list of feeds and harvest them periodically in the background for me even when I'm offline (there's nothing worse to me than logging in and having to wait while something goes out and parses a bunch of feeds)Remember which entries I've read, regardless of which device I'm on. The problem with some of the apps and desktop readers I found is that they maintained my reading history on the device, meaning that as soon as I wanted to check my feeds on my tablet or phone, I'd have to mark a bunch of stuff read again. Unacceptable.Have a simple interface. I don't want a bunch of flashy nonsense. I don't need a fancy interface where my reading pane flies in from offscreen or does a dance or something any time a new post appears. I just want something simple and usable. I want Google Reader, but if Google is going to deny me that, I want something close.Be a web app, if possible. If I'm at a friend's house and I want to use her computer to check my feeds, I should be able to do that without the need to install a browser extension or download some app.