Does the loss of Google Reader mean the world is ending for people of the internets?
As you all know by now, Google’s popular RSS reader (or shall I say not as popular as Google would like it to be) is getting beheaded on July 1st. The service will no longer exist, it’s going be-bye, sayonara, in other words it is going to the big Internet graveyard in the sky… I say Bohoo! Why is everyone thinking the sky is falling? (okay, maybe not everyone).
Personally I rarely used reader… it was worse than my email box. So full of feeds that I never got to. It was a mess. But I know a lot of people did use it, and relied on it for their daily fix of their favorite subscribed blogs. So to you folks I say, I feel you. But you will find a new reader. Life will go on!
In Fact, here are a few RSS reader options to get you started:
- Feedly: This is a pretty cool reader. It displays magazine style, and is pretty to look at. It was heavily tied into the Google Reader feed (so I bet they are bummed) but you can add feeds direct to the platform as well. It is available on the web, iOS and Android.
- Microsoft Outlook: For those of you still in the stone age using this platform, did you know you could use it as an RSS reader? Yup you can!
- Google Currents: (iOS/Android) This is pretty neat, and a joy to look at content. But, it’s a Google product, so you may not want to get too attached. =) #JustSayin
- FireFox Simple RSS Reader: Do you use Firefox for your browsing pleasure, well now you can add RSS feeds here too.
- Chrome Store RSS Options Galore: The world of open source on chrome has you covered my friends… click that link and explore all the options other coders have developed for you.
- Flipboard has you covered: Similar to Feedly, different wrapper.
- Digg: While this is not available yet, Digg has come to save the world from RSS catastrophe.
- Alltop: This is a great site where you can create your own feed. As a curator of content, I use this site often.
- And there are many, many more.
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Now go, fall in love with a reader that will love you back. A reader that it’s programmers will not ignore like cousin Bart (sorry Barts of the world).
At least we can pre-mourn the loss of the ill-fated Google reader. Knowing now that the end is near makes it easier to say goodbye. Maybe this post should have been its obituary… but I will leave that to its Google family to write. It's only proper don't you think?
Google Reader, you were loved by many, just not by your makers. I’m sorry you will not be around to see the 4th of July, or the many posts I had hoped to send your way.
Now… let’s get back to work people. If I see one more post about Google Reader is dead, I may go crazy. It is not the end of the world. I promise.
Until next time…