Well it looks as though all may not be lost with the shutdown of Google Reader, if this new open source replacement service is anything to go by. CommaFeed.com offers the same kind of simple, easy to use interface as the soon to by gone Google service, but without all the branding fluff.
The key thing is you can instantly import all of your Google Reader feeds and content with just one click, which means that switching over is a breeze. If you’ve got a large list it may take a few minutes for it all to come over though, so you’ll have to be patient.
We also noticed that there’s still a few glitchy patches in the operation of the tool, which we’re going to put down to teething problems and server issues. The fact that it’s open source means that anyone can take the code and improve on it, or indeed fork it and start their own RSS reader service, which should offer more security for online RSS feed services in the future. The main thing the developers will need to do though, is ensure that they have enough server power to cope with a lot of users flooding to their system in July when Reader shuts down.
For now though, this is a very nice implementation of a free RSS service and if you’ve been wondering what to do about your Google Reader account in the summer, this could be a great chance to experiment and see if you like the change. It’s very early days yet for this tool, so we imagine the developers will continue adding features to it to bring it up to full comparative spec with Reader in time. Well worth bookmarking.