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Feedly is the best replacement for Google Reader

If you're a heavy RSS user, chances are you've been using Google's Reader service. This also likely means that you're aware Google is shutting down Reader in just a few days, which leaves you scrambling for a new RSS service. Don't worry, though. Feedly is here to help cure your Reader woes.

Since Google announced they were shutting down Reader, Feedly, which works on most desktop and mobile platforms, has been very aggressive about stepping in to take over the crown as the go-to RSS reader. Over the past three months, Feedly has added over three million users and introduced their Cloud backend to help power your RSS reading needs (Feedly previously worked by syncing with Google Reader).

One thing that makes Feedly worth considering is its one-click import feature, which will pull in all of your Google Reader subscriptions without requiring you to jump through any export-import hoops. Do this right now, before you forget, since your Reader subscriptions may soon vanish from the face of the earth forever.

Feedly's web interface is definitely different from Reader, but the flexibility in how you can consume your news is what helps it rise above others. Feedly offers you four views that accomodate the minimalist, as well as the information junkie. Power users will appreciate Feedly's keyboard shortcuts to help you quickly get through your feeds.

Accessing Feedly on the go is pretty simple, since it provides apps for Android and iOS. Just like its web counterpart, Feedly's mobile offering provides a clean aesthetic while still delivering a good visual experience. Want to do something that isn't directly supported by Feedly, like use a native app on your Windows Phone or BlackBerry? Feedly has opened up its service to third-party developers, and there are already solutions in place for those platforms, along with alternative readers for iOS, Android, and other platforms.

Feedly also integrates with IFTTT (If This Then That) to help automate a lot of how you share and read. For example, you can use IFTTT to create a "recipe" -– what the site calls its automated actions -– to automatically post an article to Facebook when you mark it as "Save for Later" in Feedly. This provides endless options if you're prepared to dig in and experiment.

If you find that, despite all that, Feedly still doesn't work for you, there are other options, including new offerings from Digg, our friends here at Aol, and the one-man operation Newsblur. Some fee based services – Feedbin, fever, FeedWrangler – look capable, and could be worth paying for if you have highly specialized needs.

Feedly has been an in-house favorite since Google announced it was shutting down Reader, and it's easy to see why. With its clean and customizable interface and 3rd-party integrations, Feedly is the Reader replacement you've been waiting for.

Update: Google has updated the About page for Reader indicating that users will have until July 15th at 3PM EST/12PM PST to retrieve their data through Google Takeout.