I woke up this morning, grabbed my iPhone to check the news in Reeder — which is powered by my Google Reader account — only to find at the very top that Google is shutting down Google Reader, for good, on July 1, 2013. They said it’s because too few people use it, which is rather ironic since most of us heard the news via articles synced in Google Reader.
Of course, it’s been a rumor for some time that Google Reader might be the next Google service to hit the chopping block, but it’s not just a rumor this time. Rather, is the first thing the Google Reader team has posted on their blog since 2011. That should, in itself, tell part of the story. And rather than beating around the bush about it being shut down, Google Reader will now warn you itself, rather starkly, that it’s going away. It’s really, really real this time.
That’s terrible news, since most RSS apps for desktops and phones are powered by Google Reader, and Google’s service was so popular that it practically pushed all alternatives out of the market. FeedDemon has already announced that it’s being killed as well, since it’s powered by Google Reader sync, even though years back it had its own sync engine. Google pushed most other RSS readers out of the market, and is now killing their own RSS reader app. It’s not a good day for RSS, a service that’s already been tough enough to convince people to use, and Google+ isn’t a good alternate unlike what Google apparently thinks according to a former Google Reader product manager.
So what do you do? Quit subscribing to RSS feeds? Nope. I sure won’t, and we sure hope all of our RSS subscribers here won’t, either. The good news is, there’s a ton of other great RSS services out there today, ones that have come online in the past few years or held on even though Google Reader remained dominant.Here’s all the info you’ll need to find a new service and get your feeds moved to it, pronto, before your Google Reader subscriptions are lost.
Google just announced that they’re shutting down Google Reader. We’ve just put together the tips you need to move away from Google Reader, and the apps you should try now for subscribing to RSS feeds. Be sure to check it out!
Google Reader is one of the predominant RSS subscription apps and, for the few phases of RSS use I’ve encountered, I’ve used it. Google’s product is stellar and offers a great selection of features, but there’s always room for improvement. Unfortunately, today on the web, it’s one of the only apps designed just for reading RSS feeds.
Developers have taken Google Reader and used it to power a number of third party apps, one of them being Reeder. Reeder is one of the most popular Google Reader clients, available on iPhone, iPad and Mac. In this article, we’re not going to compare two web apps, but rather take a look at how the experience of Google Reader on the web differs from Reeder’s range of native apps. (more…)
Google Reader is now getting shut down, and a lot has happened in the world of RSS readers since this article was first published in 2010. Check out our brand-new article on the best apps to replace Google Reader, which has a ton of apps you should try out as well as tips for moving your feeds, favorites, and more to new services.
Using a web-based RSS reader allows you to keep up with your online reading, even as you move from computer to computer. Some even offer mobile versions so that you can keep up to date on your phone. There are a variety of different RSS readers available, with different features that you may find useful.
Here are the top ten web-based RSS readers collected from around the web.
Do you ever scan through your RSS list of feeds and wonder how you could improve on the quality of your subscriptions? If you answered yes, then SuggestRSS is a tool that will be of interest to you.
Okay, we all know most people are doing what they can to trim down the number of feeds in their feed reader. But that doesn’t mean that you don’t have more room for more quality content — you just need to trim the fat. Here’s a good way to do just that and get more from your browsing sessions.