Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Goodbye Google Reader

SUMMARY: Possibly some useful info.

If you use Google Reader to aggregate your RSS feeds, I hope you know by now that it's going the way of the dinosaurs on July 1st--that's right, it's retiring to a building on the train ride in Disneyland.

If you don't know what "aggregate your RSS feeds" means, or if you don't use Google Reader, you can stop reading right now and go practice some challenging weave entries.

No, really, it's going away.

Many tools provide similar services. I've been waiting until the last minute, of course, because lots of tools have been upgrading like crazy to try to capture some of the tens of millions of people who were suckered into using Google Reader and are now having the rug pulled out from under them. Fortunately, many of the tools make it so easy to migrate your list that you won't even realized that anything happened.

Today I opted for Feedly. I logged in to Feedly using my google log-in, and voila, I was up and running. I've dinked around with some of the preferences to get things the way I want (I set my initial page view to be the Index, to be the closest to Google Reader, but you might like some of the other options better).

The San Jose Mercury News ran an article yesterday on the subject, which is what finally propelled me. If you can't read the article, let me know and maybe I can copy it and email it or something like that.

That is all. Happy blog-reading to you all.

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for posting this. I signed up for Feedly months ago but couldn't remember the name of it and hadn't bookmarked it so I wasn't sure how I was going to find it again. I'm sad to see Google Reader go. Feedly doesn't look as good to me and it doesn't look like there are many settings for it.

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    1. As I noted, I set my preference for getting there to be the index page, which is similar to but notthe same as google reader. What's interesting is that it still sorts them by the categories I had set up, but shuffles all the ones with no unread articles to the bottom half of the page. I wish I could still see the list down the left while looking at items on the right, but otherwise it seems to work about the same--click the item to see the summaries of the posts on that blog, click the name of the blog to go directly to the blog. Then I have to select Index from the left drop-down icon again, but that's not too bad.

      You could try Old Reader, which is one mentioned in the article that's supposed to look pretty much like Google Reader; I haven't tried it.

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