You can find dozens of articles about alternatives to Google Reader if you start at http://goo.gl/nAzpx. I won't try to duplicate the information as you can already find many excellent suggestions available elsewhere. However, I will suggest Macintosh users should take a look at NetNewsWire, my preferred RSS newsreader. You can find it at http://netnewswireapp.com/. You can pay for an ad-free version, or you can get NetNewsWire for free with a small ad on the lower left side of your interface. A matching iPad version is available also.
Whatever you choose as your new RSS newsreader, you have until July 15 to grab the list of all the web sites you presently read in Google Reader and export it to a new program of your choice. Here's how:
Go to Google’s Takeout data export service at www.google.com/takeout and log in with your normal Google user name and password.I'd suggest experimenting with two, three, or more newsreaders until you find the one that feels most comfortable for you. There are dozens to choose from!
Click the select services tab and then select Reader as the service you want to export.
Click on Create Archive.
Your subscription data will be exported as a ZIP file that contains an XML file and separate JSON files. The new files will contain:
Go to whatever new RSS newsreader you have chosen and import the files just created.
- List of people that you follow
- List of people that follow you
- Items you have starred
- Items you have liked
- Items you have shared
- Items shared by people you follow
- Notes you have created
- Items with comments