imageGoogle just did a big changeup with their Google Reader product, and it’s ticked off a lot of people. Arguably, Reader was one of Goog’s most successful products. People who use it loved it, it worked without complaint, it was fast and there was literally nothing wrong with it.

Well, of course, things must “progress”, and that’s what Google did. Reader now has very strong ties to Google+ and has a match to look. The reaction?

The new Google Reader looks f*cking awful. Any way to change it to the previous version?

From that thread, alternatives were mentioned, so here are a few just in case you want to switch to something else:

…and of course someone has already programmed a user style called Google Reader+ Minimal, which still uses Google Reader but cuts out a whole bunch of crap.

On a final note, watch out for HiveMined; a site currently in development but intends to be the replacement for what Google Reader used to be – complete with the social options just like it was in the old system.