What to do when Google Reader shuts down?

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  1. DaveF

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    What are you doing when Google Reader shuts down this summer?

    I've been using Google Reader on the desktop, and MobileRSS Pro on the iPhone / iPad, avidly for the past year. I follow about 10 websites and read them nightly. The tech blogs all covered the coming doom, but I've not seen any news on possible replacments or alternates. I don't know what to do when RSS dies (the practical import of this, it seems)?

    Is it back to manually checking websites for updates? Is there an alternate approach? Will I have to pay for this in the future?
     
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    I've already switched to Feedly, as have many others as they experienced a significant spike in users after the initial announcement about Google Reader going away.

    I like it a lot and don't know why I didn't switch sooner. It has a variety of article layout options, which makes it easier on the eyes when there's a lot of material to get through.

    http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/tech-tips-10-minutes-or-less/2013/apr/24/feedly-set-your-new-google-reader/

    http://techcrunch.com/2013/04/01/now-with-3-million-new-users-google-readers-heir-apparent-feedly-relaunches-on-ios-android-reveals-how-it-plans-to-make-money/
     
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    Twitter.
     
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    I admit I'm a twitter novice, but isn't that make for a lot of fluff to sift through? Is there a way to organize who you follow into groups?
     
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    Feedly for my Android device.

    Newsbar for my Mac desktop
     
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    There's rarely someone I care enough who still blogs regularly that I'm not following at a minimum or conversing with more likely on Twitter.

    I never 'got' News Readers. I have a set of aggregators I follow that show me the stuff I care about from people who don't do it every day and a list of bloggers in a single folder I go to every time I get a chance to surf...

    I'd be interested in seeing who you guys gotta follow via a news reader that you can't live without...
     
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    Here's my RSS list. It's easier to use that checking each website individually to look for new posts. Twitter: I know DF has a dedicated feed positing only website updates. I don't know if the others do. However, that mean I have to use twitter and only use it as an RSS reader, so random posts from friends and other don't clog up my read-feed.I will look at Feedly. Does it have iOS apps? Is their a fee?
     
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    Installed Feedly. It too is merely a Google Reader interface. But it promises to pick up as the back-end when Reader shuts down. Hopefully they will. No apparent indication on price.Any other systems coming online?
     
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    If you intended to link to your RSS list you missed it.

    For twitter feeds you absolutely require to not miss a post from, create a list. That cuts down on the noise to manageable levels.
     
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    I'll try again
     

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    Also, I'll take recommendations for a couple good new blogs :)
     
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    Well that seems pretty Apple focused. I'd suggest Asymco for a deep dive on the stock, Louis Gassee for a historical perspective, Apple Outsider for an ex apple perspective. You'd probably really enjoy Kottke from what I know of you and since you like Marco.
     
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    I used to read Asymco, but it was too much to keep up with. I read Gasse when DF links to him :) Will check out Outsider and Kottke, at least for a month until Reader shuts down...
     
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    Fever is definitely not for me. But Feedly, Feedbin, and Betaworks look promising. Guess I need to keep waiting, while companies scramble to come up new new products.
     
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    Wow, and to think I thought I was a geek/nerd. 17 years in the IT profession, guess I'm a little burned out. You guys are way beyond my knowledge base.

    My laptop and cheapie prepaid cell phone are fine for my lifestyle.
     
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    It's almost time, right? This is going to be bigger than Y2K, with the sound of a millions of nerds screaming over lost RSS. I'll have a lot more free time if I lose my RSS. Be like Neo experiencing the real world after getting unplugged.
     
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    One rather essential piece missing is the ability to search within your collection of feeds. Admittedly, this hasn't come up very often, but it's been a definite need when it has.
     
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    I've never used that. But I use RSS like magazine reading, just flipping through.
     

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