Aw, hell no. Google made a “spring cleaning” announcement today, and one of the major products that are closing the door on and discontinuing is Reader, the RSS feed organizer that many of us have used to wrangle all the blogs we followed. Here’s how Google broke our hearts.
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”
OY. Back when Bloglines shut down (shut up, I’ve been blogging forever) the whole blogosphere panicked and jumped ship to Reader. I personally have used Reader since day two of its launch. So you can imagine my dismay; I have over 500 feeds in my reader ranging from friend’s blogs to news sites to industry sites.
So naturally I’ve found a good alternative. Ready?
If you use Firefox as your browser, a great free option is Feedly. I like it because it has a snappy attractive layout – but best of all it was simple to import my feeds from Reader, and it retained all of my very carefully organized folders. Best of all, when I click on one site, it is really easy to skim through the headlines and see what catches my eye. Best of all, it comes in tablet, phone, and desktop versions. Behold:
Another option that looks more like Reader is Newsblur; sadly, they are clearly overwhelmed with traffic today so I’ve had a hard time getting in there to take a good long look.
Good luck moving your feed.