As you already must be aware, Google Reader is closing on 1st July. Like most of the other services of Google, this one was available for free as well and now with its unavailability, you must be looking forward to a suitable replacement right? Let me discuss with one possible replacement, the name is Feedbin.
How Does Feedbin Work?
Well, this is not free. However, the price is low at $2 per month, so I guess most of the people reading will find it to be affordable.
The sign-up page is simple enough and there are no fancy images accompanying. You won’t find any sales pitches either. It will ask for your credit card information and you will be billed for the 1st time 3 days after signing up. So, you basically get 3 days to test the services out.
Nothing is defined on Feedbin and once you are logged in, you can import an existing OPML file. Once everything is imported fine, you will see the screen populated with your feeds. List of all your feeds will be presented on the left side. The current list’s stories will be presented in a vertical manner right in the middle portion of the screen. The right sidebar is your reading pane.
For each feed, you will see a small badge denoting the number of unread items. There is enough excerpt shown helping you to decide whether you want to read the complete story or not.
Well, Feedbin does not support sharing, so, even if you like a story, you won’t be able to share the same with your friends of social networking websites.
The 2 things I loved the most about Feedbin are: its advertisement free interface and fast service. However, I feel that a bit of handholding (In form of tutorials) would have made things much better for Feedbin.