With the announcement Google reader was being discontinued I started searching around for my alternative.
During some casual searching in late March I found an OSS project TTRSS that seemed to have many of the Google reader features (including some that G+ caused to be removed) and a way to import the feeds from reader (more recently some success on importing stared items as well)
SO I set up the program on my VPS with a self signed ssl key for passwords security.. and off I went.
The first thing I noticed was the configuration interface felt (a) much allow much more customization but (b) was a little clumsy.. Obviously over the years many shortcuts and features were added.. but some less used functionality was never updated thus required going into specific views to find/change.
However with a note that the project activity is very high (thanks to google killing reader) this seems to be getting addressed as we speak.
The android app is lacking a Widget but otherwise appears very efficient for reading the feeds. The webclient by default is similar to a 3 pane email window with list of feeds, list of items, and content as expected.
Has the ability to publish or share posts.. this simply adds it into a "Published" category where others can access as its own rss feed .. in ttrss or other rss reader. Notes can also be added by the reader to this feed.. and presumably I could read reply notes if I was following one of my readers similar feeds.
My published items for example are at:https://ttrss.devnull.name:23058/public.php?op=rss&id=-2&key=0f0e24090c9d66a75ec66cfbfbf3e9fedbe9ff5e
Overall This if a very functional replacement, hopefully keeping it updated will not take too much effort. Actually it may be an improvement over Google reader. But maybe that is just my knowing Google can't shutdown or watch me use the service.
Anyone looking to install on your own server you may be interested in the projects website and forums http://tt-rss.org/redmine/
Otherwise If you are not up to the task of self hosting, I can provide accounts (to requires a working email and a username.. I don't have a real name policy) Only ask is if you actually use it to give a small donation to hosting fees, and that if you find a security issue to let me know and not exploit it.
This just leaves the question .. what google cloud service that I use do I want to yank from google