Okay, so the obituary is a couple of weeks premature. But Google Reader is definitely on it’s way out. As of July 1, 2013, it will no longer be active, and if you haven’t found another feed reader, you will be, shall we say, dead in the water.
If you have found blogs you like (like this one), a feed reader makes it easy for you to keep up with new content that gets published. You don’t have to check back every day or every week to see if there is something new. All of the new content gets compiled for you, and is waiting whenever you decide to read it.
Many blogs offer the option of receiving an email with the new blog content, and while that certainly is nice, I prefer a feed reader. The challenge for me with an email subscription is that I’m not always ready to stop and read a blog post when it arrives, and it will often get lost in the crowd or deleted by mistake.
A feed reader compiles all the latest content from all the blogs I follow and serves it up to me when I’m ready to read it.
There are several feed readers lined up to be the replacement of choice for Google Reader. For your convenience, I will list some of them down below. Most of them are working hard to make the transition to their platform painless for you, so I’ll just give you the generic form of instructions here.
When you go to their site and create an account, you should use your Google email, the one that is associated with your Google Reader account. When you do that, the site will assume that you are planning to use them to replace Google Reader, and it will ask you if you want to transfer all your subscriptions (feeds) over. When you say yes, it will ask you to confirm that it has permission to access that information from your account. And in short order, you will be set up with all your feeds on the new platform.
Many of them go so far as to have a button on their site for you to click to “Replace Google Reader Here!”
I’ve looked at several options over the past month, and have chosen Feedly.com. The transition was seamless and painless. And it was easy to add to my iPhone and iPad.
One of the things I especially like about Feedly is that when I subscribe to a new feed, it automagically loads it right into my account. In the past, with Google Reader, when I would click on an RSS Feed button, it would take me to Feedburner and allow me to choose my preferred method of receiving it. Feedly makes it much easier.
Now, there are, of course, many other options. Here are some of them.
And if you want more choices, just do a Google search for “Google Reader Replacement” – You’ll find plenty!
I would love to know what you are using and why you chose it – won’t you share with us in the comments?