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Feed Reader Switcharoo Time

The Google Reader RSS news-aggregator service shuts down on 1 July, 2013.  Save all your Google Reader subscriptions now. According to Google, you won’t be able to to this after Reader shuts down, so do it now while you still can!

Check out the 46 Google Reader alternatives – Crowdsourced List assembled by Nick Kellet.  Also see 5 readers currently available and some of the notable features. Feedly, NewsBlur, The Old Reader, AOL reader and Digg Reader. via the CBC News – Interactive: RSS Readers Comparison.

R.I.P. Google Reader. Here Are The Other Products Google Killed (Infographic)

Shortly after I removed all the blogs I was following from the Reader to import them into to the Google Reader, Google declared the Google Reader would be history. (groan)

It seems to me that Feedly is the clear winner. It’s easy to navigate, everything is in a familiar format. What do you think?

23 thoughts on “Feed Reader Switcharoo Time

  1. Hi Timethief, I finally have settled down to this and have gone with Feedly and am setting up all the feeds. One thing that puzzles me – and I dimly recall similar problems in Google Reader – some, not all, Feedly feeds for WordPress blogs show what appears to be a random selection of old content in between some new. For example, my feed for One Cool Site is fine (shows last 8 articles in reverse chronological order as I would expect), but the feed for This Time This Space is listing 7 articles, five of which are from anywhere between 2007 and 2012. Is this something to do with your feed (are you re-sending back content?) or is this a flaw in Feedly? I have the same trouble with a few other WP blogs. Thanks!

  2. I’ve been using Bloglovin’ for a couple months and am happy w/ it so far. I still use my WordPress reader. For some reason I like keeping those separate. Like an exclusive little club for my fellow wp bloggers.

    • Hi there,
      It’s good to hear from you. Bloglovin isn’t a feed reader service. It’s blog directory primarily for fashion, beauty, interior design, and food blogs. Many bloggers enter their blogs into blog directories thinking they will derive a lot of traffic from them. In fact that’s rarely the case and ass reciprocal linking is required the value of the backlink is negligible. I’m glad to know you appreciate using it. Best wishes to you.

      • Thanks for that info. That’s really interesting about Bloglovin’. They do such a good job at making themselves look and act like a reader that I didn’t see them as a blog directory. I also agree w/ you about blog directories…they don’t really drive any meaningful traffic

        • All blog directories do tend to look like feedreaders services because if it weren’t for RSS feed they would have no content to display. If Bloglovin works for you in the sense of sending traffic to your blog then that’s a good thing. If it doesn’t send traffic to your then the page rank they have reflects the reciprocal value of those who are back linked to their site and does little for yours.

  3. I have all my most favourite blogs in Feedly because I can organize them into categories. I have lots of WordPress blogs in the WordPress reader because I follow them. Neither of them are as good a Reader as the Google Reader was, though.

  4. I love Feedly for its elegant design and easy to use system. I’ve been using it since shortly after Google made the announcement about Google Reader. I’m more than satisfied with Feedly.

  5. WP Reader, with email notification Off, is my preferred catch up method if only because email notifications tend to get lost in the post . . .

    • Hi Patti,
      I have the same thing going. The last thing I need in my life is more email.

      P.S. Your most recent photo is outstanding – show quality for sure.

  6. I would be utterly lost without the WordPress Reader. Its the only way I can tell if people like you, who I follow have written another post without jamming up my emails

    • I hear you when it comes to emails. I do everything under the sun to avoid subscribing to anything that increase me email load. I’m using the Reader and not only for blogs. However, due to the fact I corrupted the file I’m not re-entering the blogs I follow.

    • I am strongly inclined to continue using Bloglines and the Reader as I can’t see any particular advantages to moving.However, it does appear that Feedly is the front runner when it comes to switching.

  7. I have switched to Feedly and love it. I only use the desktop version, but I think it is available on all devices.

  8. The sad part about Google Reader’s closure isn’t so much the loss of an RSS news aggregator. There are, as you’ve pointed out, many replacements out there that offer similar to nearly-identical functionality. The sad part is that years and years of history accumulated in Google Reader — some of which belong to websites that no longer exist — will be lost forever.

    I have RSS feeds from dozens of websites that have long disappeared from the internet. Google Reader is the only place in the world where I can still search for and read content from those websites. It’s a crying shame that there’s no way to rescue their old posts from Google Reader. Google Takeout’s saved data is completely insufficient. Saving RSS subscription links without saving the post history would be like saving email addresses without the actual email content.

    I’ll miss Google Reader and its repository of knowledge very, very much.

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