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 apart 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 staying 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.
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 too. 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. Moreover, 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.
- Learn: What is RSS Feeds?
If you are a ShoutMeLoud reader, and using Google reader to track our updates, here are some alternative way to get our latest updates:
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?