As a blogger I always rely on Feeds, and few content discovery app to find the news which interest me. I use Google reader to subscribe to blog updates, and using Netnewswire (Which will shut down too) on my Mac to read latest updates. Netnewswire syncs with Google reader, and thus you could always stay updated with the latest news from your favorite blogs. Now, Google has decided to shut down Google reader as part of their spring cleaning, and this came as a surprise for many, because usage of RSS feed is declining, there are many users like me, who still relies on Google reader to maintain the feed.
Here is the official announcement, where Google mentioned some of the services they will be shutting down in coming days. That will include:
- CallDAV API
- Google Builder Maker
- Google cloud connect
- Google reader on July 1st 2013.
- Google voice app for blackberry
- Search API for shopping
I have never used any of the above apar from Google reader, and seeing G reader going away, it’s little sad. Though, if I look at my usage pattern, I already moved to other sources for discovering new news. For example: Zite, News360, trap it!, they work as a content discovery, and are much better than using traditional RSS feed method to stay updated. Again, this will be sad for people who are subscribe to some of their favorite blogs via RSS, as now they have to change the subscription to Email or use any of the Google reader alternatives to stay updated.
How to download data & my favorite Google reader alternative:
If you are using any 3rd party desktop based Feed readers like Netnewswire or feed-demon (Feeddemon will also shut down with Google reader), all of them offer feed export feature. So, all you need to do is, export OPML file, and you can later import OPML file to any alternatives which are mentioned below. You can also use Google takeout feature to take a complete backup of your Google reader data. Here is how you can do it:
- Go to Google takeout
- Login with your Gmail account
- Click on Select services
- Select Google reader from the list, in minute it will populate the size of the data.
Click on create Archive. It will start archiving your data, and depending upon the size of your data, it will take little time. In my case it took around 45 seconds. Once done, click on download, and it will download your Google reader data in .zip format. That’s it, and now you have a local backup of your Google reader data.
Google Reader alternatives:
Here are some of the alternatives that you could consider:
Feedly is one of the famous feed reader, and is available for multiple platforms, including chrome addon. All you need to do is, use feedly on your mobile device or on your browser, and sync with Google reader, once Google reader will shut down on 1st July, feedly will keep updating you with the latest news. You can read about it, on their official blog post.
I have already reviewed Pulse web feed reader, and mentioned in my favorite iPad feed readers. Though they have not made any official announcement regarding seamless transition from Google reader to Pulse feed reader, but you can always add feeds manually.
Pulse added a quick importer from Google reader to your Pulse account. Since Pulse is available on Web, mobile apps, I’m sure you will love it. Specially, if you are using Pulse on your smart phone, you will enjoy the amazing layout and feed reading feature. To get started with Pulse Google reader importer, you need to go to this link, click on Get started, authenticate access to your Google reader account, and Pulse will import all your existing feeds to Pulse. If you are a new user, you can quickly create an account and import all feeds, or existing users can add all feeds in existing account. The process is very smooth and will not take more than 1 minute to import all existing feeds from Google reader to pulse.
Flipboard is another good alternative, but it works only on mobile. Though you can use Bluestacks app player to use it on your desktop. Newsblur seems to be a good option according to searchengineland. Netvibes and the old reader are few more options you have.
Major problem will be faced by many iOS/Android based feed reader app, which relies on Google reader. Now, all of them have to find an alternate option, or simply give an option to import Google reader data. You can also publish your blog on Google current, and users can subscribe to your blog updates via Google currents iOS or Android app. You can subscribe to ShoutMeLoud updates on G Currents from this link.
Shutting down of Google reader came as a complete surprise for many, but as I mentioned the way we discover news are changing. Now, we don’t rely on single blog updates, rather we follow topics, and use content discovery apps to find new content. More over, Google already shut down AdSense for feeds, now G reader, and if I’m not wrong, in coming years next could be Feedburner, as it doesn’t make any money for Google.
If you are a ShoutMeLoud reader, and using Google reader to track our updates, here are some alternative way to get our latest updates:
- Subscribe to Email updates
- Subscribe to Facebook Updates
- Subscribe to Twitter updates
- Subscribe ShoutMeLoud on Google Currents
Do let me know which one from the above list is going to be your Google reader alternative?? If I miss any, do let me know via comments. Also, I would love to know your opinion on Google shutting down reader?
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