The Old Reader isn't dead yet

Alan Buckingham
Aug 4, 2013

It has, perhaps, been enough time for users to get over the death of Google Reader. Many fled in the direction of Feedly, but it was far from the only option, as others existed and more popped up seemingly daily. One popular choice was The Old Reader, a very Google-like solution that got hammered upon death knell announcement, as did other services.

Feedly was able to beef up servers and bandwidth, but others have floundered under the rush from new customers that began hitting when Google announced its execution schedule.

Now, The Old Reader has found a bit of new life, announcing the service will continue as an option to the public for displaced RSS fans looking for a new home.

"We’re pleased to announce that The Old Reader will officially remain open to the public! The application now has a bigger team, significantly more resources, and a new corporate entity in the United States. We’re incredibly excited to be a part of this great web application and would like to share some details about its future as well as thank you for remaining loyal users. We’re big fans and users of The Old Reader and look forward to helping it grow and improve for years to come".

The startup had originally announced, on July 29th, that public sign-up would be deactivated, effectively ending user registration for all prospective new customers.

Details of what has transpired are a bit sketchy -- the developers are saying nothing at this point, but do say that "The Old Reader is going to retain all of its functionality and remain open to the public. Not only that, we’re going to do everything in our power to grow the user base which will only accentuate the things that make this application special".

There has obviously been an influx of cash, and the service plans to transition to a top-level hosting service. The transition will result in a bit of downtime, but the promise is ten-times faster performance once the move is completed.

The Old Reader is one of many options, but it has been one of the more popular destinations since the inevitable took place. Thankfully the service Will remain an option for the future


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  1. ilev said on August 5, 2013 at 5:10 am

    Feedly goes Pro: $5 per month for better search, security and more

    ..Feedly Pro will normally cost $5 per month or $45 per year, but it’s also currently be sold for $99 with a lifetime membership for the first 5,000 claimants. In return, the cloud-based reader promises the following:

    Https support to “add a layer of security to your Feedly browsing”
    Article search that allows you to search “within your Feedly feeds”;
    Evernote integration that enables one-click saving of an article to a selected notebook;
    Premium support, which means upgraders will “get bumped to the front of the support line” if they need a hand….

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 5, 2013 at 7:00 am

      While I can understand that they need to make money, I do not think that offering essential features only to paying users is the way to go forward. Anyway, will be interesting to see how this will turn out for them in the future.

  2. T.C. said on August 4, 2013 at 10:23 pm

    I really like the look and feel of The Old Reader and think it emulates Google Reader the best of all the readers I’ve tried. They are still going through intermittent periods of slowness for the time being so I’m using inoreader till they get back up to speed, which should be soon as they’ve announced new partners, and cash as you’ve mentioned. Looking forward to getting back,

  3. SFer said on August 4, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    Agree with minimal, (post above this one).

    I’ve been using INOreader
    to read my RSS subs online,
    for the last 5 months.

    My take:
    — it’s solid and rocks!

    I’m sticking with it.

    I tried Feedly, but I don’t like to sign in
    with my Google acct.
    Feedly still doesn’t allow you to register with an ID+Pwd.

    Also, Feedly does not have
    a fully functional “Search my posts” feature…
    INOreader’s Search OTOH is EXCELLENT.

    Plus great author response to user requests…

  4. minimal said on August 4, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    As a former heavy google reader user the only rss service that comes close to replacing it is Even the alpha android app is almost identical to google reader. Surprised it doesn’t get mentioned more often.

    1. Jojo said on August 4, 2013 at 11:50 pm

      I’ll second Inoreader. Working fine for me since Google Reader bit the big one.

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