With the shut down of Google Reader happening on July 1 many of you are going to need to find a new service to follow blogs (either via RSS, Twitter, Email). I have done quite a bit of research in trying out new RSS systems and thought I would throw out my two cents.
I landed on Feed Wrangler. It has most of the same bells and whistles as Google Reader but the main reason I chose Feed Wrangler is the ability to create “Smart Streams.” This allows you to create feeds (from your subscribed feeds) based on key words. For example, I have a stream that just shows blogs that focus on original languages. This searches all the blogs that I follow and if one of them mentions “greek” or “hebrew” then it gets sorted into this “Smart Stream.” There are also a couple blogs that I follow that solely focus on original languages all their feeds are included as well.
The cost is 19 $/yr but I think it is well worth it to support the developer and give them incentive to continue to create and maintain a great product.
If you are looking for apps to reader RSS feed with I suggest the following:
Check out this more in depth review of Feed Wrangler.
Here is a helpful review of all the RSS options out on the market now. I highly suggest this article if you are still on the fence about what RSS option to choose.
Be sure to export your Google Reader subscriptions before July 1!