Replacing Google reader
Depending on 'cloud' services is always dangerous. Case in point, Google is axing 2 services with a large userbase very soon: Jabber (XMPP) better known as GTalk and Google Reader.
And chances would have it these are the only 2 Google services I use. As I don't have many jabber contacts, it only took 15 minutes to install ejabberd on my groupware server and invite all my contacts again.
But when I got to replace Reader (there are many fine alternatives out there, but to get the same functionality you need to put it on a server, which is ok for me) I immediately thought of using OwnClouds news app (which can even import from Reader). But after setting it up with a single feed (which works beautifully), I stopped to think if replacing Reader with something very similar would be wise.
So, I decided to do a little experiment in the time I have left before Google terminates life-support. I have long been running a Friendica server, which is a Free and distributed replacement for Facebook and Twitter.
Now, with Friendica you can follow all sorts of networks, including Friendica, Diaspora, Facebook (partially) and Twitter. But you can also follow a site that publishes an RSS or Atom feed...
So, I'm currently trying out my 2 potential workflows to see which one feels best. I will report back with my conclusions shortly!