Gini Dietrich

RIP Google Reader: There are Other Options for You

By: Gini Dietrich | March 14, 2013 | 

RIP Google Reader: There are Other Options for YouNooooooo! Google Reader is leaving us!

Mr. D is all upset they’re sunsetting iGoogle and now I join his sadness after learning last night they’re going to do away with Reader on July 1.

Reader is the web-based program that allows you to subscribe to great blogs (like Spin Sucks!) without having them all come into your inbox.

It grew out of the Google acquisition of Blogger. In 2004, Jason Shellen, who was part of the acquisition, created Reader and launched it in 2005 under then Marissa Mayer’s consumer web-based services.

It started as a a Google Lab project, but quickly grew into its own service. In fact, it began to become something even bigger: A place to not just read, but to comment and share with friends and strangers.

But, of course, it makes sense Google wants to replace – or kill – anything that could compete with the whole world using Google+, so away it goes.

Why Google+?

As it turns out, Google employees are incentivized on whether or not Google+ makes it. Twenty five percent of their bonuses require its success.

So they’re highly motivated to make you use it.

Have you tried to set up a new Google analytics account in the past few months? What about a Google doc? Or calendar? Or YouTube channel?

You cannot do it without having a Gmail account, which ties to a Google+ account.

This does two things: 1) Beefs up the numbers when people talk about how many users Google+ has and 2) Gets people using it.

After all, I’m pretty sure the quiet vision of Google is to rule the world. They continue to move toward that with these kinds of transitions.

So What’s Next?

It’s not the end of the world. I panicked last night because I cannot (and will not) have 696 RSS feeds come into my inbox.

I’ll continue to use Zite to give me the top stories of the day and recommend new stuff. It already transfers blog posts and articles from my Facebook and Twitter friends. Hopefully they come out with something quickly that will feed what were found in my Google Reader.

Triberr has become an RSS feed of sorts in the past few months. While that won’t help me discover anything new, it definitely helps stay abreast of the bloggers I want to make sure I don’t miss.

And, with TweetDeck retiring, I’m now forced to recreate my six year old lists so I can set them up to feed me my favorite bloggers.

But probably the best way to transfer your existing feeds? It looks like it might be Feedly (I’ll bet they’re jumping up and down in their offices right now).

At 1:30 this morning they were adding new bandwidth and servers so the mass exodus has begun.

I haven’t tried it yet, but will today. They say the transition is seamless.

Other Google Reader Options?

If you don’t like any of those options, you can still subscribe to blogs via email, Netvibes, Bloglines, Yahoo!, MSN, AOL, Agregator, and more.

While the switch from Reader is painful and very sad, it’s not the end of the world (though it felt it last night).

If you have another option, please share it in the comments!

About Gini Dietrich

Gini Dietrich is the founder and CEO of Arment Dietrich, an integrated marketing communications firm. She is the author of Spin Sucks, co-author of Marketing in the Round, and co-host of Inside PR. She also is the lead blogger at Spin Sucks and is the founder of Spin Sucks Pro. Join the Spin Sucks   community!

  • jesslaw

    I began using Feedly last night and so far, I like it. As you mentioned, it is a seamless transition (although right now, it connects directly to your Google Reader, so I’m not sure how that will change when Reader officially goes away). It will definitely take some getting used to, but I’m already a fan of the social sharing buttons directly within each post in Feedly.

    • @jesslaw From what I can tell, they’re keeping it connected it for now so things like Zite don’t get screwed up. They’ll transition it all on their end so it’s painless for us. But I really, really hope Zite (and Flipboard and the others) add new feeds to their apps before July!

      • @ginidietrich  @jesslaw Flipboard is what I’ve used most, but it is in dire need of some updates to keep up with additional feeds.

        • @allarminda  @jesslaw I really, really love Zite. I like it better than Flipboard. But that could change with this news.

  • I think that the advent of apps like Flipboard and Zite has in some ways helped to reduce the amount of users directly using Google Reader for accessing RSS feeds – but really the other reason is that Reader and RSS are not as mainstream as we “geekier” types would like to believe.
    My wife (a total non-geek) who is a much more succesful blogger than me – struggles to understand the concept of Google reader and RSS. Despite me setting up Reader on her laptop and RSS readers on her ipad – and showing her the wonders of being able to get all your favourite blogs in one location , and how easy it is to share content from within a RSS reader – The thing is that most of her “blogger” friends seem to get Reader and RSS too
    As for me – i never really was a “fan” of the Googles RSS Reader – i used netvibe back in the day – and then when i got my ipad i migrated to using Flipboard and Zite (and just allowing those two deliver my Google Reader feed for me)
    On the desktop, i have being using feedly since it came out (two years now?!) – and it rocks! I like the layout and how easy it is to import your reader account into Feedly – add to that the fact that you can connect your linked and facebook accounts for easier sharing, makes it my go to desktop app.
    Oh and feedly on the ipad – lets you post directly using Buffer (something that Zite and Flipboard dont let you).

    • @yaseend I laughed out loud when I read your paragraph about explaining all the cool benefits of Reader to your wife. That’s awesome! We have a similar situation in our house, but I am you.
      I just started migrating to Feedly so I’m happy to hear you love it. Thank you!

      • @ginidietrich  @yaseend My wife seemed to be happy when i told her that they are discontinuing Reader – she think that it will get me to spend less time reading other peoples blogs , and spend more time working on my dissertation!
        Oh and if you use the Feedly ios app – there recommended categories and blogs can be a bit of a information overload! I probably ended up subscribing to more blogs than i have the capacity to handle!

  • How does Google Reader compete with G+? Instead integrate it so we HAVE to use G+, much like  hangouts or Author, etc.  I think they have made some weird moves lately…

    • @KenMueller I don’t think it does, other than it’s a service that doesn’t require a Gmail or Google+ account to use. Based on recent moves, my guess (and I don’t know this) is they’re putting all of their eggs in the Google+ basket.

      • @ginidietrich Clearly. So why  not find ways to integrate things that people already use? Bingo, instant audience.

        • @KenMueller  @ginidietrich I agree. I think there is a missed opportunity here. I am willing to venture a guess that the people who DID use Google Reader are probably a pretty strong target market for Google+.

        • @KenMueller  @ginidietrich I’ll second that. Wouldn’t it have been nifty if reader was integrated within G+ to make it easy to share directly within their platform? A no-brainer to me. But, clearly, they know something we don’t.

        • @TaraGeissinger  @KenMueller  @ginidietrich I agree. Nearly my entire Twitter feed last night was people complaining about the Reader news. They are also some of the people most willing to be on G+.

    • @KenMueller Sorry – I see now that I said it would compete in the blog post. I meant only from the perspective of having eyeballs there instead of on Google+.

  • SandyNMH

    How does Google+ equates to Google reader?? I totally understand the use of Google Reader. But in the contrary it is still blurry for me on how Google+ work and how effective it is.

    • @SandyNMH It doesn’t – they’re completely retiring Google Reader as a free service to consumers so they can focus on Google+. They’re story is no one uses Google Reader, but it’s pretty clear that’s not the case. But now, if you use Google+, you can use it like one would Twitter to discover new people, articles, videos, podcasts, and blog posts.

      • scribblinghappy

        @ginidietrich  @SandyNMH Is it part of the push to using Author markup language? Because in theory, you could follow a blog via G+ by following the blogger.

        • @scribblinghappy  @SandyNMH Yes, I think that’s exactly what they want to do.

  • I had a discussion with a journalist friend of mine about Google Reader. To my surprise, he tracks all his news and blog discovery through Twitter nearly exclusively, supplementing that with occasional email and internal chat of news sharing. It boggled my mind that he could restrict the firehose to such a point that he could actually suss out important news. 
    As for alternatives, Vienna for OSX is pretty darn nifty.

    • @jasonkonopinski Wow, that IS sort of mind boggling. I’m not sure why, but I am continually surprised by how truly powerful Twitter is.

      • @TaraGeissinger I certainly couldn’t use it that way, but he trims his Twitter and Facebook feeds to be newscentric and uses Tweetdeck to organize that into lists and columns.

        • belllindsay

          @jasonkonopinski  @TaraGeissinger I do the same thing Jason – maybe it’s a journalism-training thing….? Not sure. Interesting though.

        • @belllindsay  @TaraGeissinger Maybe. It was just a brief exchange on Twitter, so I’ve invited him to be on the podcast.

  • Also note that all your RSS feeds can be easily exported into XML using Google Takeout:

  • Sigh…another change. I feel and sound like such a curmudgeon when the tools I depend on are removed. And yet, so often in the process I discover newer and better tools. (OK, not on the Tweetdeck front, but you get my drift.) Off to try Feedly and see what all the excitement is about…

    • @allenmireles Between TweetDeck and this, you and I might both be driven to drink.

      • @ginidietrich  @allenmireles Like you don’t already.

  • Here is a crowdsourced list of alternatives:

  • Noooooo!!!!!  Okay, now that I got that out of my system, here’s what I think…..
    I suppose we should have known this was coming. They essentially killed Feedburner last year, so it makes sense that Reader was next. I was slow to move away from Feedburner, but before I did, when I clicked on my Feedburner feed, it redirected to Feedly. I wondered what was going on with that. Now, it all makes sense!
    When Feedly came out, I tried it for awhile. I will say that it’s much cleaner and visually attractive. So, hopefully, it will prove to be a nice alternative.

    • @lauraclick I almost used the Darth Vader “Noooooo!’ button for this! Interesting…I didn’t know that about Feedburner redirecting. You’re right. I guess we should have seen this coming.

  • I am not a fan of RSS feeds as they encourage people not to visit the actual blog so the closest I have come is via Triberr.
    And FWIW, not using RSS has helped me not accumulate 2k posts that I want to read but never get around to looking at.

    • belllindsay

      @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes What you said. I don’t use them either.

    • @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes I love it, but I must use it differently than most because I never read in the Reader, I always to go the blog post from there. Otherwise I can’t comment so it’s never occurred to me to read it in the Reader. LOL!

  • I left Google Reader for Netvibes about two years ago. I knew I’d lose major cool cred, but it has been a great choice for me. The interface is more engaging and I like its flexibility.

    • @sierratierra Interesting. @yvettepistorio uses Netvibes for clients. I wonder if it’s a good alternative for us?

      • @ginidietrich  @yvettepistorio I’d be happy to screenshare with y’all if you want to see how I use it for RSS reading/curation.

  • eclectitech1

    Feedly looks good, but the problem is that to use it I have to grant them permission to monitor all my activities that occur in my browser… one of the beautiful things about Reader was that it didn’t extend to monitoring all of my other activities.

    • @eclectitech1 Crap. Really? All I did was allow them to move my feeds over. But you’re saying I have to give them permission to monitor all my activity?

  • My dismayed Tweet yesterday was immediately favorited by something called Prismatic, which looks intriguing, but I’ve heard more good things about Feedly.

    • @RobBiesenbach Ohhhh. I’ll check it out. Let’s compare notes.

      • @ginidietrich Hmmm, there is so much movement today with other providers scrambling, I’m going to hold off. For instance, this announcement from Feedly:
        “In a blog post today, Feedly says it’s been expecting the Google Reader shutdown for some time now and has been working on a project called “Normandy” that is a clone of the Google Reader API and will allow for a seamless transition when Reader shuts down.”

  • I’m still pouting and not ready to look at alternatives just yet. i’ll do it tomorrow 🙁

    • @yvettepistorio LOL! I’ll do the work for you. Don’t worry.

  • I like Feedly the best but I’m not a fan of readers in general.. like @Joshua Wilner/A Writer Writes  says.. 1) I don’t read the reader so I end up with a huge number sitting in my tool bar which gives me panic attacks and 2) I like giving the writer the site visit. The ones that I can’t miss (like you!) I get emailed to me and the rest I am putting into my RSS stream in hootsuite. At least I’m on hootsuite 24/7 and can visit the sites that I want to read and it also makes it easier to share.

    • @KristenDaukas  Great alternative with Hootsuite. I hadn’t considered that. Nice one.

  • EdenSpodek

    And suggestions welcome too. RT SpinSucks: From Spin Sucks: RIP Google Reader: You Have Other Options

    • SpinSucks

      EdenSpodek I’m going to try Feedly but still bummed Google Reader is going 🙁 Thanks for sharing Eden!

      • EdenSpodek

        SpinSucks You’re welcome as always! I’m probably going to do the same but have a bit more research to do first.

        • hessiejones

          EdenSpodek SpinSucks I just signed up for Easy peasy and the interface is better than Reader. TAmyVernonnon

        • AmyVernon

          hessiejones EdenSpodek SpinSucks I’m looking at The Old Reader.

        • hessiejones

          AmyVernon EdenSpodek SpinSucks Amy I looked at that also. Is it easier?

        • AmyVernon

          hessiejones EdenSpodek SpinSucks Not sure. They’ve been so overloaded in the past day I haven’t had a chance to *really* check it out

        • AmyVernon

          hessiejones EdenSpodek SpinSucks But the features & interface are said to be just like GR

        • hessiejones

          AmyVernon EdenSpodek SpinSucks so, I’ll try back again when they have capacity. Feedly was fairly easy to set up. Interface is better 🙂

        • AmyVernon

          hessiejones EdenSpodek SpinSucks I LIKE the simplicity of the reader interface. Was underwhelmed by feedly’s

        • EdenSpodek

          AmyVernon hessiejones SpinSucks Sorry for missing out on this helpful discussion. Guess it’s time to check out feedly and report back.

        • hessiejones

          AmyVernon EdenSpodek SpinSucks OK, good to know! Eden, I suspect this will be a trending topic for today at least!

        • EdenSpodek

          hessiejones AmyVernon SpinSucks No doubt, Hessie. If any company can trump the Pope announcement it’s Google. 😉

        • EdenSpodek

          hessiejones AmyVernon SpinSucks So far, I’m liking what I see because feedly is more visual but I need to spend more time exploring. 😉

        • SpinSucks

          EdenSpodek hessiejones AmyVernon I gave in and signed up already. Agree, it’s more visual but need to explore more.

  • Answer me this: Why kill something that works thinking it will help something that kind of, well maybe will?  Ugghh!

    • @AmyMccTobin The formal word from Google is people aren’t using it and numbers are declining. Perhaps we don’t represent the whole world?

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich  @AmyMccTobin someone today is still upset they cant rent a VHS tape from Blockbuster. They are staring at their VHS layer under their TV and thinking ‘If only I could rent Rambo life would be good’

        • @HowieG  @AmyMccTobin I’m pretty sure they can still rent Rambo.

        • belllindsay

          @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @AmyMccTobin My dad – who never bought *any* newfangled, modern tech or tools (we didn’t have cable until I was a teenager), eventually broke down and bought a tape player. He bought a Beta. :

        • HowieG

          @ginidietrich  @AmyMccTobin there are a few blockbusters open…so maybe…but in VHS?

  • I was so sad to hear!! And I knew you’d be too Gini! This article from Cnet proposes 5 alternatives. Feedly seems the most popular so I’ll probably try that. Wonder if the guys at BufferApp will create something?

    • @DiFrancescoLyd I moved my feeds over to Feedly this morning. I have it in Chrome and I like the extension. We’ll see how it integrates with some of the other things we use.

  • Sumbich; I guess I better go check out Feedly, huh?

    • @bdorman264 Is that your way of getting away with swearing here? I’ll allow it!

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich  @bdorman264 uses bad words a lot. Just saying.

  • Dave Thackeray

    There really are no other logical options if you’re totally tied into the Google ecosystem. What the lord gives, he taketh away…

  • I thought Google’s ‘mission’ (the public version) was to bring the world’s information together…
    Someone, somewhere isn’t on message.

    • @DaveThackeray I thought it was do no evil.

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich  @DaveThackeray Google actually makes pizza

  • Hi. My name is Brad, and I am a recovering Google Reader-aholic.
    I didn’t know I had a problem until I found that I couldn’t tear myself away until I had read or marked every post as “read.” This would sometimes take an hour out of my day, so finally, one day, I stopped using it.
    Now I have a Twitter list set up that contains blog posts from most of the same feeds, but my OCD self doesn’t feel the need to click every link.
    Man, that felt good.

    • belllindsay

      @bradmarley There are places for people like you Brad.

    • @bradmarley OMG I thought it was just me!

    • @bradmarley Hi Brad! You’re among friends.

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich  @bradmarley @belllindsay @katskrieger see if your name was Bob instead of Brad you could of said ‘Google reader mon?….oh shit….I think I misplaced it with my keys mon…anyone see my keys mon…Jah I am so hungry mon, (long pause)…what were we talking about again? Oh yah…..Google Snack Chips mon….

        • @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @belllindsay  @katskrieger If I had a dollar for every time I’ve heard that comparison…I’d have about 27 dollars.

        • belllindsay

          @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @bradmarley  @katskrieger Oh my god. I actually didn’t get it at first. HAHAHAHA!! I’m such a TOOL!!!

        • HowieG

          @belllindsay  @ginidietrich  @bradmarley  @katskrieger you are lucky Brad. if you were Bob you would have me hanging at your house every day.

        • belllindsay

          @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @bradmarley  @katskrieger Jammin’.

        • @belllindsay  @HowieG  @ginidietrich  @bradmarley  @katskrieger Tokin’.

  • Jennifer MacDonald

    I add all my RSS feeds to my Outlook account. Crappy for when I leave my current company but makes it easy for now.

  • I transitioned to Feeder this morning. I am getting used to it. I have to download the mobile app now.

  • iagdotme

    I woke up to hear the news this morning and was gutted. In fact I have been in a bad mood all day. Google Reader has been absolutely central to my way of working for years and it’s going to be a massive change. Google, Twitter and Facebook have been trying to suck the life out of RSS for years and this is almost the final nail in the coffin. I was going to write a blog post about it, but I wanted to write about it when I felt calm and composed, but then I came across your measured article- and you’ve said it all really- and very politely.I think the only alternative to Google Reader will be Feedly. It’s not quite the same- it doesn’t have the same simple interface but I know they are working on it. Once they have sorted out a global “titles” view that will be helpful as well as making it easy to bookmark (aka starring) articles with one click (it has that annoying swiping hide/show thing currently) However the big one that needs to be sorted out is IFTTT integration.  Currently I link my starred articles in Google Reader to EverNote, Pinboard, Pocket and Buffer. I don’t have time to read all the articles at the same time- I like to bookmark them to read later and share them with my followers on Twitter.

    • @iagdotme I moved my feeds over to Feedly this morning and so far, so good. The IFTTT integration is a good point…and I hope Zite does something quickly, too. Huge opportunities for companies like that. And who knows? Maybe you’ll love your reading experience more with the change.

      • iagdotme

        @ginidietrich oh you’re being so positive.. don’t make me cry! 😉  I think you’re probably right. I think this will be a painful process for those of us who have invested so much in Google Reader over the years. I transferred my feeds into Feedly today too, but for the time being I am going to continue to use Reader- basically because I can’t do without IFTTT. However I do know they’re basically wanting to clone the Google Reader API- so it shouldn’t be difficult for IFTTT to integrate. I’ll get there… just give me a few more days and I’ll be ok…!

  • I thought I saw something about this yesterday but was so busy — or hurt — I immediately blocked it out.
    Now that I have seen it here, it’s made too real and I am just a pile of cranky. I’m going to go do some emotional eating  now.

    • @dwaynealicie Make me a banana split while you’re at it!

  • Have you looked at Guy Kawasaki’s It covers blogs and feeds for over 700 topics and you can personalize an account to cover the ones you want.

    • @searchguru I have, but I don’t love it. I think it’s a design thing for me.

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich  @searchguru who is Guy Kawasaki?

        • @HowieG Guy Kawasaki wrote Art of the Start, Reality Check, Enchantment, and A.P.E. (recently). He founded Garage Technology Ventures, and is a venture capitalist. 

          I worked with him doing the SEO for Alltop when it first began.

      • belllindsay

        @ginidietrich  @searchguru I agree Gini, I hate the design. It does NOT make me want to stay and explore.

  • Remember a year ago when Google announced the Nov 2013 end of portal page iGoogle, which allows you to set up your favorite RSS feeds as headline news boxes? Then, Google said you should switch your feeds to Google Reader. Now they are killing that too, after already ticking off the hardcore Reader fans a year ago by “plussifying” it – making all community/commenting be G+, and adding that ridiculously large whitespace design they like and have pushed onto so many products. 
    The Portal concept may be a bit Web 1.0 but is still viable, especially for your quick-scan infofix. My Yahoo! was the only part of Yahoo I didn’t and don’t detest, but I liked iGoogle better, so switched to that. However when Google announced iGoogle death sentence, I resurrected my My Yahoo page, found they have better features now, configured all the same feeds and more that I want for quick-scan along with news sites, weather, etc. Then moved others into Reader and started using it more.
    Google is driving me back to Yahoo, maybe for Flickr too, since they are killing the non-plussified part of Picasaweb. Also making me rediscover Firefox for its Live Bookmarks of feeds. (Actually Pale Moon optimized Firefox variant). I love G+, as G+. G+ is Google, but not all of Google needs to be G+

    • @MarkXS Whoa. I hope Yahoo! sees this comment!

  • Argh – I just recommended Google Reader to a newbie. I like it BECAUSE it is tied into what is rapidly becoming a familiar interface with all of the Google+ Integration. Guess I will take a look at Feedly now.
    On the iPad, I really appreciate the Mr Reader app. It also has Buffer integration, so that’s a bonus.

    • @dbvickery  I used to use that app on my iPad, but switched over to Zite a few months ago. Like it looooooots more.

  • Crying for the same but different reason… I’ve been using Safari for RSS management, and now Apple has eliminated it in Safari 6, keeping me from upgrading browsers until I can figure out where to move the RSS to.
    I guess I should thank Google for killing G Reader before I moved everything over to them!

    • HowieG

      @Adam | Customer Experience Firefox has an RSS reader in it’s bookmarks still. And you can block most digital ads still 8)

    • @Adam | Customer Experience WHY ARE THEY SO MEAN TO US?!?

  • bschorr

    You can also pull RSS feeds into Outlook. Use those with Search Folders to aggregate and it’s not a bad RSS reader – especially the newer versions.

    • @bschorr I’m pretty sure doing that would send me into OCD overload. But it is a very good option for others.

      • PattiRoseKnight1

        @ginidietrich  @bschorr OCD overload – you have worked with me too long – LOL

  • HowieG

    Sounds like your life is way too complicated @ginidietrich  you need some sort of mind melding curation app….can you set up Siri to do this?
    I stopped having content come to me. I go to the content. This way I can stay fresh with my explorations. Every day a new choice. Flipboard? Currents? What blog might I find? What business pub will I visit.
    The few blogs I frequent show up in my drop down URL bar on Firefox if I just type ‘w’.
    Who needs readers? Readers schmeeders!

    • @HowieG I should ask Siri for help. That’s a good idea.

  • Did you see the latest Hitler meme…he wasn’t happy about losing his Google Reader. I’d share here, but the language was definitely R-rated…and the spelling was X-rated (as in, forbidden spelling combinations).

    • @dbvickery  I did just see one about clients wanting responsive design halfway through a new website launch. It made me laugh out loud.

  • Arment Dietrich, Inc.

    I gave in and already tried Feedly…it’s not bad, just have to get used to it. ^yp

  • Wow, that’s big news. 
    I’ll check out at your advice and also… review my reader and do a lot of cutting and pasting.

    • @barrettrossie I need to do that, too. So much organizing to do, so little time.

  • PattiRoseKnight1

    I am probably the only person in the world who hasn’t used Google Reader.  The plus side is no withdrawal.  I am confident Google will be just fine in the future.

    • @PattiRoseKnight1 Oh Google will be fine. But I might die. What will you do without me??

      • belllindsay

        @ginidietrich  @PattiRoseKnight1 Patti, you are not alone – I don’t use readers either. If i like something, it comes into my email. End of. I don’t give a whit about Google Reader shutting down! 😉

        • @belllindsay  @PattiRoseKnight1 I AM GOING TO DIE!!!

        • belllindsay

          @ginidietrich  @PattiRoseKnight1 Patti, I’m sure that if you, me, Allen and Yvette really knuckle down, we can keep this ship afloat and and really honour Gini’s memory in the manner she deserves. Don’t you think?

        • PattiRoseKnight1

          @belllindsay  @ginidietrich My dear Gini if I didn’t die on August 16, 1977 you won’t die about Google Reader.  You do know what that date is don’t you?

        • @PattiRoseKnight1  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich ELVIS!!!!!!!!

        • PattiRoseKnight1

          @jasonkonopinski  @belllindsay  @ginidietrich Jason is in the will!!!!! Yes that was a sad day for your friend here.  And if I lived through losing him you will make it through Google Reader going away.  GR is in heaven with Elvis LOL!

        • @PattiRoseKnight1  @jasonkonopinski  @belllindsay Google Reader is in heaven with Elvis?! LOL!

        • @belllindsay  @PattiRoseKnight1 How will you get your paychecks? Do you know how to forge my signature?

        • belllindsay

          @ginidietrich  @PattiRoseKnight1 Patti’s working on that.

        • PattiRoseKnight1

          @belllindsay  @ginidietrich My dear Gini when you go I go – you better not leave me with the crazies!!!

        • belllindsay

          @PattiRoseKnight1  @ginidietrich Patti, didn’t Gini tell you? Hank and I are moving to Chicago and Gini said we could move in with you!

        • PattiRoseKnight1

          @belllindsay  @ginidietrich if I can claim you on my taxes we’re good.  Love those deductions 🙂

        • @belllindsay  @PattiRoseKnight1 Dear Patti, Don’t worry. I’ll take you with me. Love, Gini

        • PattiRoseKnight1

          @ginidietrich  @belllindsay (sigh of relief)

  • Reader had to step down when it was discovered it had been using feed-enhancing stats without the knowledge of the bigger concern that is Google. Seems every bugger’s doing it!

    • @Danny Brown Darn them!

      • HowieG

        @ginidietrich  @Danny Brown firefox Ghostery add on exposes the hidden tracking sites. We only talk about the biggies who got caught being tracking sleazes like Apple,Google, Facebook. But all the digital ad networks and scottish mafia hacker is tracking you without your knowledge/approval.

  • rdopping

    Stuff changes so often I never know what to do. The divorce rate is as high in the interwebz as it is out here. Thanks for all the great suggestions.
    BTW, feedburner still works. Hahaha……

    • @rdopping I hear you’re seeing a mutual friend of ours next week. I’m jealous! Come to Chicago.

      • rdopping

        @ginidietrich Yeah. J and I are super excited. We also get to see some cool architecture. Look like Chicago in May for the long weekend as long as Porter cooperates and you are around.

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  • designintowords

    I knew I could turn to you for advice. BECAUSE YOU’RE IN MY READER!

    • @designintowords Sigh…so sad. But you bring up a good point. How are bloggers going to reach those who have RSS feeds in a way that is non-intrusive, but still valuable?

  • I prefer to use emails but I understand it’s a problem for those using rss. Just like the permanent updates affecting traffic of almost every site Google buys services and close them down, except YouTube.
    Clearly they’re pushing G+ in every possible way, not least that it seem to affect ranking of posts. Well no one will use it otherwise, much like FB and Twitter. If it’s not useful for traffic better use the time to read on blogs, imho.
    Anyway Google does want to rule the net, and just like every other dictator will fall down to pieces, sooner or later. It happened to the Roman Empire, it will happen to them, sooner probably. 🙂

    • @Andrea T.H.W. Ha! Just like every other dictator…very funny!!

  • I’ve built a project called “freemyfeeds” (just add dot com and you’ll get there). I started it a few months ago. It’s pretty basic but does the job reasonably well. If you export your subscriptions from Google Reader, you can import them to freemyfeeds.
    The homepage gives you a list of recent post titles across all of your subscriptions. You can click a preview button to read the post within the freemyfeeds website. You can quickly Tweet, +1 and Like the posts.
    There are a few things I’d like to do to improve the site, but if you’re looking for a simple option that makes sharing easy, give it a try.

    • @benbarden Thanks for letting us know! I’m going to add to a list of recommended sites.

  • adammbsmith

    I used NetVibes myself, because it’s like iGoogle used to be.

    • @adammbsmith I’m going to tell Mr. D that. He’s very sad iGoogle is going away.

      • adammbsmith

        @ginidietrich Happy to help 🙂

  • askdebra

    Sigh. Goodbye to the first Feed Reader that worked for me. Hello to Netvibes, I guess. I’m with you about the loss of TweetDeck as well. I feel like I ordereda Betamax with TweetDeck, but gotta go the VHS HootSuite route.

    • @askdebra LOL! I’m testing out TweetBot, but don’t love it yet. Also, I really like Feedly so far.

  • The lack of interoperability is driving me crazy. I want one source to view blogs that I subscribe to. Be they blogger, self hosted, —  Right now I am viewing them on Google Plus, Google Reader, WordPress Reader, and email.
    One source that I can view on multiple devices, smartphones, computers, and pads. Is Feedly the closest thing to this currently? Can Feedly subscribe to blogs that do not have RSS feed option active?

    • @smoothreentry PS: Organizing comments too.

    • @smoothreentry I think Feedly is the best option for that, but I don’t know if you can subscribe to Blogger blogs that way.

      • @ginidietrich  @smoothreentry Okay, thanks. I will try Feedly. But there is still not a good way to get into feedly. You can import, but that is not a “cloud based” system where they both stay updated. Seems like feeds would have a similar system to ical with calendars…

  • Dave Thackeray

    Try The Old Reader. Or hold out for Digg’s version in the next few weeks.

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  • Interesting, Gini, as I started to say before livefyre posted my comment without me. I am aware of the sundown on Google Reader but missed the announcement on Tweetdeck… I still have the old version because I never liked the new one. SO now it is going away all together? I also can’t decided what to replace Feedburner with… so many changes. Sigh!

    • @Julie Walraven My recommendations: Hootsuite to replace TweetDeck, Feedblitz to replace Feedburner (and do that soon because my sources think it’s going away very soon), and Feedly to replace Google Reader. I was very, very upset about this until I started using Feedly. Now, a week in, I am super happy Google forced me out of my comfort box. I LOVE it!

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