When I started reading blogs, I needed somewhere that would allow me to subscribe to and read WordPress and Blogger blogs, as well as other sites that had RSS (real simple syndication) feeds. The best solution at the time was Google Reader, so I used that. Needless to say, Google got out of the RSS reader business, and I had to find another place to read my blogs.
For a while, that was Feedly, which allowed me to read articles, put them in a "read later" application such as Pocket or Instapaper, store them directly into Evernote, or post them to Facebook and Twitter, which, at the time, I was active on. I was happy with Feedly and might still be there now had it not been for the fact that certain facilities I had been using for free suddenly cost money, and what I considered to be a lot of it per year. They also started rolling out what they considered "improvements" to Feedly to make it more of a social media application that I didn’t care for, and displayed an attitude of "well, you have it whether or not you want it. Take it or leave it." I left it.
So, I was off to find another newsreader, one that did what Feedly had done for me, but in a much more cost-efficient way. I found that in Inoreader.
My needs for a newsreader are actually pretty simple: I want the posts to come in so that I can read them and decide whether I want to save it for later or do nothing with it; I want to be able to group my blogs so that, if I don’t have time, I can skip an entire group and read it later; and I want to have the options of passing an article on to Twitter or Facebook or save it in Instapaper or Evernote, and I want to do it more cheaply than Feedly.
The solution was Inoreader. It does everything I need it to do (and more) for about half the cost of Feedly. One feature that it has that I don’t think Feedly ever had (they might now) is the ability to set up addresses to which you can send email newsletters, so that they’re not clogging up you email. You can use it on anything that produces an RSS feed, including Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit, and YouTube. It has social media capabilities, but doesn’t beat you over the head with them. The interface is clean, too.
If you’re looking for a newsreader, I recommend Inoreader.