Needly Launches a Google Reader Replacement, Only They Won’t Let Anyone Use It

needly logoThere are only a few days left until the Readerpocalypse and new possible replacements are still being launched.

Needly, a new startup that just opened to the public today, is launching with a Google Reader alternative. Or at least that is what PandoDaily is reporting:

After debuting to a private audience at South by Southwest Interactive (SXSW) Los Angeles-based WYSIWYG social Web publishing platform Needly is pulling back the curtain and launching to the public today. The general idea is to allow anyone, regardless of technical ability to design any website from scratch using drag and drop tools. In addition to this design and publishing functionality, the platform also includes social following of other content creators – inside and outside the Needly network – and a RSS-based reader solution. (Yes, another one!)

The news that ther was yet another GR alternative naturally caught my attention, so I decided to try it and post a short review.

The thing is, I signed up for Needly about an hour ago and have been trying to ferret out their GR alternative. I still have not found it. It’s mentioned on the Needly website, so I am pretty sure it actually exists, but for the life of me I don’t know where I should be looking. If anyone can find this news reader service please do me the favor of leaving a comment. I’ll update this post as soon as I get new data.

Update: A reader showed me that he could subscribe to a feed. Bbased on his image I  figured out that the Needly feed reader is accessed from the same Dashboard that you would use to build websites. The trick is that you need to click the subscribe button on the right to add a feed. I can’t get it to work, unfortunately.

Please don’t giggle too much at my oversight; this is a rather unusual design decision and I was frankly expecting to find the feed reader in its own menu.


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Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills weekly. He fixes author sites, and shares what he learns on The Digital Reader's blog. In his spare time, he fosters dogs for A Forever Home, a local rescue group.


  1. LM28 June, 2013

    I only bothered subscribing to one feed, but here it is:

    1. Nate Hoffelder28 June, 2013

      Ah, so it’s the subscribe button. I thought there would be a special menu for it.

  2. Chris Meadows28 June, 2013

    “Needly”? Really? What are we going to see next, a reader from, or Macebook, or FAOL?

    1. Nate Hoffelder28 June, 2013

      Yes, that was pretty much my reaction.

  3. Joe Smith28 June, 2013

    I don’t have any problem subscribing to feeds in Needly. Maybe they’ve fixed a bug since this article was written.

  4. Cosmin1 July, 2013

    For news reading, you can also use
    It’s a highly visual web app that allows you to select which websites contents to keep up with.


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