A colleague informed me about an email notice to me regarding my preferred RSS reader Newsgator. After my gasp of dismay, I loaded the site to check my feeds and wham:
NewsGator’s Online Reader will no longer be available for consumer use as of August 31, 2009.
In conjunction with the release of our latest versions of NetNewsWire and FeedDemon which synchronize with Google Reader, NewsGator will no longer be supporting our online reader for consumer use. Paid customers who utilize the online reader or our online platform will continue to be supported.
For free versions of the latest clients, please click the appropriate link:
For detailed instructions on migrating your account to Google Reader and answers to other questions, please see our FAQ page.
A quick investigation finds a newsgator subscribers welcomed via the Google Reader blog.
Normally, I embrace change. Today, the aggravating thought of importing my 82 feeds into Google Reader, reorganizing everything, marking everything as read – again, and not doing this onerous task of my own free will just makes me unhappy.
I use Google Reader to keep my client file news monitoring activities separate from my personal/professional development and current awareness monitoring. This sounds silly, but I liked to 'share' my Google Reader access on rare occasions with users interested in seeing the monitored news first hand. Unlike Google Reader, when I mark a Newsgator feed Read, it no longer displays the item…keeps the news box nice and tidy. I also liked the functionality in Newsgator to create organizing folders for my feeds.
Does anyone have a suggestion for a free, functional, RSS reader other than Google? I like many baskets for my eggs.