Monday, March 18, 2013

On The Demise of Google Reader

I use Google Reader.  I have for years.  2 of my 3 smartphone screen panels are just for Google Reader widgets (everything else is packed on the one home screen).  I was less than happy to hear that they have decided to close down Google Reader on July 1st.

It's also a issue for me because I have 17,247 feed subscribers who read my blog using Google Reader.  Am I going to lose all those readers?  I don't want to lose you!

Ugh.

Any suggestions on what to use to read my feeds when Google Reader shuts down?  Bonus points if you've actually used your recommendation and like it's android widget. ;)

The one I saw mentioned in articles a lot last week was Feedly, but I'm not sold on it yet.  It's pretty, though.
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Ed said ...
My brother also recommended Feedly. I haven't looked at it yet.
3/18/2013 8:31 AM

Lynda M O said ...
Bloglovin seems to be as close an alternate as I have found. It appears to have picked up all my subscriptions--I'm not sure how but that's ok-I'm not a computer geek so I really don't care how it does it, just that it does...
3/18/2013 8:36 AM

freya forbell said ...
I vote twice or thrice for feedly please. Love the blog and am too dumb to find any other place. I also loved google reader .
3/18/2013 9:02 AM

Sally Walter said ...
Let your readers know what you decide. . .I'm not techno savvy. I'm so saddened about the demise of Google Reader :(
3/18/2013 9:38 AM

Amy said ...
Arghgh! I hadn't heard this. Ditto on the "been using it for years". I'm off to try feedly... let us know if you find a good alternative.
3/18/2013 9:45 AM

Carina said ...
I've been using it for years too.. almost since the beginning. I do like the overall look and feel of Feedly, but it's really annoying me that I can't find any information about subscriber stats. And like you I'm wondering where my subscribers are going to go.

I'm going to spend the coming months trying different readers. Hopefully Feedly will add some more tools or maybe other readers will pop up in the meantime which will suit my needs...
3/18/2013 10:00 AM

Jennifer U said ...
I've been just as traumatized by this announcement. I'm trying Bloglovin' (and so far not lovin'). I've installed Feedly and trying to get used to the interface. The app is a pain and does not open the stories I click.

I've also tried The Old Reader which looks the most like Google Reader. They are inundated with requests to import feeds from GR so I've been manually subscribing, but it is a pain. I may stay with The Old Reader, but there is no app.

Newsblur is another, but they are not taking new "free" subscribers, so you will have to pay. Here's a story I found helpful: http://lifehacker.com/5990881/five-best-google-reader-alternatives
3/18/2013 10:03 AM

Michele said ...
I'm in the same boat. Don't know what to use for a reader or for my blog :(
3/18/2013 10:08 AM

jude said ...
Yeah - officially not happy here either. I read a bunch of articles and reviews and I'm going to give NetVibes a try. I've already exported all my Google Reader subscriptions and imported them to NetVibes, so we'll see how reading in it goes.
3/18/2013 10:27 AM

Cheryl turner said ...
I use feeddlerRSS to read the blogs I follow. I love it. It's free. You just add the blog you want to follow by pasting in the URL.
3/18/2013 10:40 AM

Crys said ...
I've started using bloglovin this weekend, so far so good :) It imported all my google reader info and the iPhone app is great.
3/18/2013 10:53 AM

Crystal said ...
If you have a tablet you can use flipboard app.. If you set up a flipboard account and link your google reader it will save all your feeds. Really easy!
3/18/2013 11:23 AM

Hev said ...
I suggest Feedly (feedly.com). I have been using it for over three months (when I first heard the rumor reader was closing). I love it & it is very easy to manage.
3/18/2013 11:45 AM

Carine said ...
I am also very sad.
At the moment, I am trying the brief firefox plug-in https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/addon/brief/ but there is no synchronization between devices (not a cloud solution). It is possible to change the presentation of the feeds with CSS.
I will also try netvibes http://www.netvibes.com/en, feedly and the old reader http://theoldreader.com/
Let's know what you will choose.
3/18/2013 12:11 PM

Laura said ...
You've transferred into Feedly just fine for me :) I'm using it because it's cross-platform. I read on PC, iPad and my Android phone, and it looks the same and syncs nicely on all of them.

Because a lot of people are recommending Bloglovin, I'm going to give it a go, but it's going to have to have something extra to beat Feedly for me.
3/18/2013 12:48 PM

Helen said ...
I follow my blogs from the blog list shown on the blogger dashboard. It has the most recent updates shown at the top. Will this disappear too?
xXx Helen
3/18/2013 1:05 PM

futuregirl replied ...
Helen ... I don't know.
3/18/2013 11:50 PM

CitricSugar said ...
I can only help you with the one thing - I've been assured that Reeder will continue even after GoogleReader shuts down so we're good there - I'll still get your feed, but Reeder, though I love it and use all its versions, appears to be Mac/iOS only.
3/18/2013 1:11 PM

Riv said ...
*delurks* I've been reading your site via Reader, but I'm switching to NewsBlur. I'm pretty happy with its UI, but there are some pretty annoying performance issues at the moment. I really like its "training" feature, where you can teach it which types of post are the most important to you for more efficient skimming when you're in a hurry. My hope is that the number of paid accounts will mean that they can get it operating at scale by the time Google Reader goes away.
3/18/2013 1:20 PM

Laura said ...
You've transferred into Feedly just fine for me :) I'm using it because it's cross-platform. I read on PC, iPad and my Android phone, and it looks the same and syncs nicely on all of them.

Because a lot of people are recommending Bloglovin, I'm going to give it a go, but it's going to have to have something extra to beat Feedly for me.
3/18/2013 1:32 PM

Kingshearte said ...
I've been using Feedly for the last few days. Seems to more or less do what I need it to do, but I might investigate further in a month or so. I figure by then, more developers might have created apps that aren't google reader based.
3/18/2013 2:13 PM

Amanda said ...
I use Feedly now after switching several months ago from Google Reader. I really like it, and it has some nice features. :-)
3/18/2013 2:47 PM

Kim Werker said ...
I read this post on Feedly! I figured I'd try it out when I learned GR was kicking the bucket, and though it's taken me a few tries with different preferences settings, I think I'm starting to really love it. If they transition from GR seamlessly when it's taken offline in July, as they promise, I'll probably stick with it.
3/18/2013 4:00 PM

Kelly said ...
feedly was had a flawless transition for me. the format is a little awkward to read articles (especially in the ipad), but I'm getting use to it....slowly.
3/18/2013 4:14 PM

Jan said ...
I've transferred to Feedly, but I find it to be slow and I don't like how it displays. I'm a little worried about the state of my own sanity that I am feeling such a sense of loss over the pending demise of Google Reader.
3/18/2013 10:32 PM

Jen said ...
I was pretty annoyed with Google for shutting it down. I did notice that the "Reader" link was hidden in a drop down for the last few months. I'm just surprised since there are so many of us fans who have used it for so many years!

I used Feedly this week and even though it was easy to import everything, it's been a bit different to adjust to new keyboard commands and reorganizing everything. The different views are pretty cool but it seems that only when you're viewing all the content can you mark things read as you scroll past.

The Old Reader is very similar to Google Reader in layout and keyboard shortcuts. It took them a few days to import my feeds (I had 100+ of them) but Google Reader is still around so it's not like I was in a rush anyway :)

Curious to hear about your findings!
3/19/2013 3:10 AM

Grace said ...
I started using BlogLovin and I love it, works great :)
3/19/2013 4:26 AM

Tracy said ...
Lifehacker did a piece on this
http://lifehacker.com/5990881/five-best-google-reader-alternatives
3/19/2013 1:17 PM

Cheryl Ann said ...
OH NO.....ALL my feeds I read are on google and I dont know how to 'switch' them all over to another site ..or user friendly thing...aaauuuggghhhh....now I will have to go thru and read all these posts to see what to do as I DO NOT want to miss out following you or the others.....omg.....man,now this is not what i needed right now as Iam just getting out of rehab as I just had both my knees replaced totally.....I wont loose you...I just wont!!!!
3/19/2013 1:47 PM

Sara Jenkins said ...
I'm a bit confused - to say the least. I've signed up to Bloglovin - it was easy to transfer my blog list across. I'll look at both for a while to see how things go. x
3/19/2013 1:53 PM

Jacqueline said ...
Bloglovin seems good as well
3/19/2013 2:52 PM

maura said ...
loved google reader too. tried feedly, didn't like it. now using bloglovin. except for the name its ok
3/19/2013 3:29 PM

Danae said ...
I'm using this as an opportunity to try and make my own RSS reader...but if that fails, I'll probably move to Feedly. the great thing about Google Reader was that it was so simple!
3/19/2013 5:05 PM

Melissa said ...
I'm liking Netvibes OK so far. It doesn't have an app, but I find the mobile site fairly Android friendly. You might check the big Reddit thread for suggestions as well. Netblur looked promising because they have an app, but I think the free version caps at a certain number of feeds. I might try them, but free is a nicer price. Only thing I'm not liking about Netvibes so far is that the mobile site doesn't seem to allow much editing, so you have to do that from your desktop.
3/19/2013 8:43 PM

Silvia said ...
I also use Google Reader for years and it was a shock to hear these news! I'm beginning now to use Feedly... I just need to get used to it. It also works on smartphones...
3/20/2013 4:25 AM

Cindy Schmid said ...
I've been experimenting with NetVibes this week and like it a lot. You get the option to either use widgets or a reader screen that is similar to Google Reader and so far it has been really easy to learn! Also have been using Zite on my android phone.
3/20/2013 6:11 AM

me said ...
Use Bloglovin
3/20/2013 6:30 AM

Angie said ...
I won't leave you! Please post what you ultimately decide to go with as I'm looking for something new as well.
3/20/2013 6:12 PM

Dot said ...
I'm trying out feedly, but I'm not sold on it yet. I'm trying to use it instead of google reader - and you can compact it's view down so it doesn't show all the photos, but not sure yet. i'm as freaked out as you!
3/21/2013 11:32 AM

Sarah said ...
I started looking into other readers next weekend. Whether PC or mobile or Apple or Android .....
Most of them use google reader to link from, or as a base. I don't understand how google can claim they are losing users of their system - I think it must be that they don't make money from it.
I've downloaded Feedly, but haven't started using it yet. I'm still in denial. I use google for soooo much. RIP Google Reader - may your demise be postponed indefinitely ....
3/21/2013 2:46 PM

Holly said ...
Hi I am reading your blog on Feedly. It works great,and pulls everything from my Google Reader.
3/23/2013 8:12 AM

Redhedhels said ...
I tried Pulse first, but there isn't enough space in each folder to organise my feds the way I'd like. So now I'm trying out Feedly. So far I really like it, and it's much prettier than Google Reader, although I did struggle to get the keyboard to come up on my smartphone when I wanted to post this comment!
3/23/2013 11:56 AM

Helen said ...
I'm gonna have to put in another vote for Feedly. The more I'm using it, the more I'm finding it to be even better than what I used to always use Google Reader for, so I'm super excited about it! The Feedly mini widget while web browsing is awesome. I have an iPhone though, so I can't make any recommendations about the android app!
3/25/2013 9:46 AM

Connie said ...
I'm a recent adopter but huge fan of bloglovin.com
3/29/2013 11:29 AM

Seanna Lea said ...
I'm using Reeder, but I don't know if it has an Android app. It's really hard to use, not because the program is hard, but because it has proven to be really hard to untether myself to the browser experience. My ideal app would have an app as well as a browser interface, so I could access my feed from many different locations.
4/1/2013 8:15 AM

Lorinda said ...
I used google reader too. Tonight I transfered all of my feeds to feedly and am catching up on your blog and others.

It actually looks better than google's. Some things are a bit bumpy, but I am encouraged. It was easy to download and transfer from Google Reader.
4/6/2013 1:23 AM

Velody said ...
I switched to Feedly. It was easy because it imported my Google Reader feeds folders, tags and all. I love the mobile app (which is how I read most of my feeds anyway). I'm less impressed with the desktop Chrome extension but I'm definitely liking it.
4/6/2013 7:25 AM
 
Panya said ...
Ugh, I hate change. :-( I tried importing my feeds to both Netvibes and The Old Reader, but neither worked -- perhaps I have too many subscriptions? [400+] -- so for now it's Feedly for me. I've been using it a bit, but [as I said before] I'm trying to catch up on my blog-reading so I'm still using Reader while I can [since I'm used to it, it's "faster"]. As far as I've been able to tell, the Feedly people are being good about listening to Reader users about functions/layouts/etc. we'd like transferred over.
4/14/2013 7:54 PM

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