Google Reader is shutting down, and while I’m sad about it, it’s difficult to be truly angry about a free service being taken away, because hey, it’s free. That said, I’m currently scrambling around trying to piece together a system that sufficiently mirrors my current setup, and luckily there are plenty of options. Unluckily, they’re all in a shouting match to snatch up as many Reader evacuees as possible, and sometimes it’s difficult to sift through all the noise. The most crucial piece of the puzzle for me is integration with IFTTT (If This Then That, a wonderful customized web macro service), which I have been using to generate post ideas (here’s my recipe). Thus far I’ve had posts tagged in Reader with ‘wg’ automatically saved as draft with all the pertinent info so I can flesh them out later. As of this writing, none of the Reader alternatives can do this directly, so my workaround during testing has been to share articles to my Pocket (RIL) account, which which then gets drafted to WordPress as usual. It’s basically transparent, but I don’t like the extra layer of fallibility the system adds and hope to see further IFTTT integration soon.
I’ve spent the last two weeks researching the available options, and here are the contenders: