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The Old Reader

The Old Reader
The Old Reader logo.
Web address theoldreader.com
Type of site
news aggregator
Registration Required
Available in English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Catalan, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, Dutch, Greek, Slovene, Polish, Czech, Hungarian, Ukrainian, Russian, Turkish, Chinese[1]
Users 450,000+[2]
Written in Ruby on Rails[3]
Owner Levee Labs[4]
Launched 12 June 2012 (2012-06-12)[5]
Alexa rank
Increase 4,475 (Oct 2013)[6]
Current status Online

The Old Reader is a web-based news aggregator that delivers website, blog, and other Internet content to a web-based inbox. The service sprung up when Google removed social features from Google Reader;[7][8] the site supports social media sharing, including the ability to "like" content, and find friends via social media networks.

Contents

  • History 1
  • Features 2
  • Mobile applications 3
  • Reception 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

The Old Reader was started as a hobby project by Elena Bulygina, Dmitry Krasnoukhov, and Anton Tolchanov. In March 2013, it only had 10,000 users, but started gaining popularity quickly after Google announced it would retire Google Reader.[9] By the end of April 2013, the project already had 200,000 users and Anton had to quit, leaving just Elena and Dmitry.[10]

In August 2013, a month after Google Reader shut down, two remaining co-founders were struggling to keep the website running in the face of a large influx of new users. On July 29, The Old Reader team stated they had 420,000 registered users, with as many as 60,000 registrations in a single day.[11] The team announced their intention to close the public version of the reader, leaving only a private website for a limited number of people.[12][13][14][15] However, a few days later, another announcement stated that the website will remain public, with support from an unnamed "corporate entity in the United States".[16][17][18][19] In November 2013, the team mentioned that the new owner was Levee Labs.[2][4]

The new team invested in hardware upgrade and changed the hosting provider,[20] implemented a number of new features, including long-awaited browser bookmarklet.[21] The founders of the site had publicly rejected ad-based tactics to support the service;[22] the new team shares their vision, and in order to finance operations for the otherwise free application introduced a Premium service in February, 2014.[23]

Features

The Old Reader is free for up to 100 feeds and offers a Premium version with full-text search and up to 500 subscriptions and 6 months of post storage. Former users of Google Reader or other RSS readers can import feeds via OPML export.[24] A browser bookmarklet lets users send web pages directly to the The Old Reader account.

The service is integrated with Facebook or Google to help users find friends also using the site.[25] There is also support for Readability, Instapaper, and Spritz, a service to help read content faster.[26]

Mobile applications

The Old Reader has made its mobile API freely available to facilitate support for mobile applications.[27] The service is supported by a number of mobile applications for all major platforms, including Reeder[28] and Feeddler[29] for iOS, Greader for Android,[30] Old Reader for Windows Phone[31] and ThOR for Symbian.[32]

Reception

The Old Reader's reception was generally positive. PC Magazine praised its simple design and social aspects, but noted it lacked some of the features of its competitors.[33]Dave Winer, one of the creators of RSS and other technology pundits have praised The Old Reader team's commitment to open web standards and delivering ad-free services, although as of 17 March 2015 the service includes "sponsored posts" inline with aggregated content.

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External links

  • Official website
  • Official blog
  • List of supporting apps
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