Subpug Offers a Cool Logo and a Pleasant Theme But Can’t Actually Show Me Any News Articles

Subpug Offers a Cool Logo and a Pleasant Theme But Can't Actually Show Me Any News Articles News Reader Next up on my list of under-performing Google Reader alternatives is Subpug.

This news reader service supposedly launched in late 2011, but it does not appear to still be completely functional. It promised to offer a no cost, login-free service that could be quickly expanded to your smartphone or tablet.

Unfortunately I cannot get Subpug to work.

I got as far as importing my RSS feed catalog, but the service froze after retrieving the first few dozen feeds. And that's a shame, because I liked the theme and I liked the concept behind anonymous accounts.

Here's what the service looks like when you first visit. Is it just me or does this remind you of a Mac design aesthetic?

Subpug Offers a Cool Logo and a Pleasant Theme But Can't Actually Show Me Any News Articles News Reader

That is as far as I have gotten, but since I do like the concept I don't want you to go away with nothing. Here's what Techcrunch reported when Subpug launched:

You can choose from certain pre-subscribed options like Gadgets, Music, Fashion, and even Geek Humor, or you can build your own/import your Google Reader OPML. The set up process takes all of three seconds and you’re ready to read, mainly because there’s no sign up or log in of any kind.

The first thing you’ll notice is that it’s a totally different look from Google Reader, with a grey background and a nice, clean layout. But there’s more: on the left-hand side of the page you’ll see comments from the story that’s highlighted. I find this to be a pretty smart addition to your average RSS reader. I mean, what’s a post without the comments?

Users can also choose to hide certain topics from specific feeds, and there are options to share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+ etc. Subpug also added some cool cross-device functionality.

I am sharing this service in the hopes that it will work for someone else. I really like the features that Techcrunch described, and I also like the concept of using a service without logging in. Anonymity is the exception these days, and sometimes it can be useful to get a throwaway account that isn't tied to you.

Of course, Subpug probably puts cookies on your computer so they can identify you on your return trips, and there's no way to be sure that they're not collecting info elsewhere. But in the absence of evidence I will not assume guilt or nefarious intentions.

Subpug

Nate Hoffelder

View posts by Nate Hoffelder
Nate Hoffelder is the founder and editor of The Digital Reader: He's here to chew bubble gum and fix broken websites, and he is all out of bubble gum. He has been blogging about indie authors since 2010 while learning new tech skills at the drop of a hat. 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 Comment

  1. Aaron Wright23 July, 2013

    Hi Nate,

    I see that you are reviewing a lot of lesser-known alternatives to Google Reader. I have been building my own and would love a review from you. I have been reading your other reviews and I like that they are honest and critical. If you find the time, I would appreciate the chance to see what you think. The link is http://www.feedfiend.com. Feel free to contact me with any questions. Thanks.

    Regards,
    Aaron Wright

    Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Scroll to top