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Jun 26, 2013

With the retirement of Google Reader being scheduled on July 1st, AOL grabbed an opportunity to launch its own RSS feed reader. With Feedly being the best alternative to Google reader (for now), AOL’s new feed reader would face a heavy competition.  With the tag “Made with ♥ in NYC” settling at the bottom, it looks like AOL has taken this project into its heart’s content. AOL Reader is still in beta.

To sign up for AOL Reader, you need to sign in to AOL with your Facebook, Google, Twitter, or AOL account. Once you have signed in, you can sign up for a beta invite by entering your email address and click the Request Access button. You will then receive an email with a URL which activates your user account.

Type of layout, views and tags menu looks similar to Feedly. As Google Reader is going to decline from 1st July, AOL has a lot of scope to show its space “atleast” in RSS.

With no direct integration of Google Reader access in AOL, you need to export your OPML file from Google Reader or you can also export your subscriptions.xml from Google Takeout and then import those files into AOL Reader.

If you need any help regarding importing of your Google Reader feeds into AOL Reader, then please click here.

AOL promises to roll out some other features to its reader in future such as
· Native iOS and Android App
· Integration with additional third party services,
· Search
· Notifications
· Export feeds to OPML
· Sharing within AOL Reader and with other AOL Reader users

Here is a brief comparison between AOL reader and Feedly.