A kick in the teeth.
Alas the news of Google Reader’s impending departure has reached the muddy shores of Greenwich. I am devastated. Still seething from Google replacing their small-business friendly Google Products to the new monetised Google Shopping, the news that Google will soon be retiring their RSS reader service has left me feeling like I just been stood up for the second time by a negligent boyfriend/girlfriend.
Just yesterday Google announced it was officially ditching the service on 1 July, giving invested users like myself who have used this tool to help them organise their lives three months to relocate all their bookmarked reads.
Extreme as it is, for many this chap on youtube has hit the nail on the head (a must watch).
No idea what I’m taking about? See our article What is RSS?
I decided the best way to move on was to install myself a rebound RSS reader.
Will Shanklin at gizmag.com has published a very timely top ten list of The best Google Reader replacements. Jason Parker and Jaymar Cabebe have recomended just five worthy alternatives over at cnet.com. Lifehacker.com have written a step by step guide to finding the right replacement RSS Reader for you. Technorati.com have an alarming doomsday style countdown marking the day of Google Reader’s demise and note that Digg are currently building their own replacement as a priority, but how long will this take? Feedly.com are already in waiting for those moving from Google reader before it meets it’s end.
Clearly I’m already on it.
It was a swift decision, which is rather unlike me, but for the moment I have decided to go with Feedly because it promises a seamless transition from Google Reader, is PC and Android compatible and offers numerous different different navigation and display option which I at first glance find appealing. Only time will tell.
I can already vouch for the seamles transition, I literally visited www.feedly.com for the first time about 4 minutes ago and am already browsing through my favourite feeds magazine style. It’s also already on my smart phone.
Are you mouring Google Reader? Didn’t know? What is your preferred replacement? Share with a comment.