Google Reader is the most popular service for consuming Web content via RSS feeds but are there any good alternatives? The Dmoz directory lists around 30 web-based alternatives to Google Reader but if you dig a little deeper, you’ll realise that most RSS readers have either shut shop or have been abandoned by the developers.
Bloglines is probably the only decent alternative to Google Reader but the Ask.com blog has informed users that Bloglines too will be closing down in the coming weeks.
Artur Adib recently sent me a note about his not-so-young online RSS reader service called FeedLooks.com that may appeal to users who, for some reason, aren’t able to use Google Reader or are looking for alternatives.
FeedLooks offers a plain-text style reader where you can add feeds either manually or import them in bulk from your existing feed reader.
There are some nice features here. For example, all the stories have an interest meter icon that show how popular that story is among the other users of FeedLooks.
The service also make it easy for you to filter stories that have been published in the past few days so you don’t feel overwhelmed with the volume of unread stories if you are checking after a long gap.
FeedLooks is minimal and beautiful but is not a full replacement for your Google Reader for a couple of reasons — there’s no mobile version; it doesn’t support keyboard shortcuts and you only get to see short snippets of the story inside the reader. The good part is that you can give this service a try without creating an account.