Put Feedbin in your Mac's menu bar with FeedbinNotifier

Not happy with Feedbin integration in existing Mac apps? Put Feedbin in your menu bar with this free app.

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Unless you've been living in a cave with no access to the Internet, you likely know Google Reader is now dead . If this comes as a surprise to you, you still have time to export your Reader data through Google's Takeout service. Be sure to do this before July 15th, when Google will remove Reader from its Takeout offerings.

One of the many Google Reader replacement services that has popped up since Google announced Reader's execution date is Feedbin.

Feedbin is a subscription service, costing $3 a month or $30 a year, with an API for developers to integrate into apps, and a functional Web site to browse through your newsfeed.

Currently Reeder (free) for iPhone has Feedbin support, with plans to add it to the iPad and Mac version in a future update. Press for Android ($2.99) also has Feedbin support. You can see a full list of apps with Feedbin support at Feedbin.me.

As Feedbin and its competitors try to gain traction with new Reader refugees, the app selection might not appeal to everyone, leaving those people to rely on the Web site. One major drawback to using the site is the lack of an unread count. Thankfully, a developer and Feedbin user decided to make FeedbinNotifier an OS X menu bar application, open-source it, and give it away for free.

As the tweet points out, the source code for the app can be found on Github, where you can download and edit to adjust refresh rate (currently at 2 minutes) or make any changes you'd like if you're comfortable enough. Should you just want to run the app, you can find a signed app at the bottom of the Read Me file on the Github page.

Update, 7:27 a.m. PT: Updated to reflect the Google Takeout end date for Reader.

 

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