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CommaFeed Offers a Clean, Simple, Open Source Alternative to Google Reader

May 16th, 2013 by · 5 Comments · Google Reader Alternatives, News Reader

imagesA new news reader has just come across my desk, and based on the few minutes which I could get it to work I think this could be a serious alternative to Google Reader.

CommaFeed is a free news reader service that is strictly browser based at the moment. As you can see from the following screenshot, it offers a clean and minimalist alternative to the more colorful Feedly.

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Or at least it is supposed to offer a cleaner alternative to Feedly; I can’t get it to work with any consistency.

One of the nicer features of CommaFeed is that it will let you integrate your Google Reader account, which I did. Unfortunately, the service wasn’t really intended to work with an account that follows over 2k RSS feeds, and I keep managing to break it. But this is probably a problem that is unique to me, so the service is probably worth a look.

Here’s what the developer had to say:

When Google announced Reader shutdown, I started to work on a clone. It is now available. It’s simple, bloat-free, and it’s open-source. Say hello to CommaFeed.

CommaFeed currently has around 1,000 users (so said the developer in a tweet this morning), so this service probably isn’t a serious threat to Feedly with its millions upon millions of users. But this could be still be a good alternative for someone.

You can try it on the website, and if it fits your needs there are Firefox and Chrome plugins. CommaFeed is also open-source, so running your own version is also a possibility.

Please let me know what you think.

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