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What to do when Google Reader shuts down?


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#1 of 24 DaveF

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Posted April 26 2013 - 09:01 AM

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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Posted April 26 2013 - 09:11 AM

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.w...-google-reader/

 

http://techcrunch.co...-to-make-money/


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Posted April 26 2013 - 11:59 AM

Twitter.


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Posted April 26 2013 - 12:12 PM

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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Posted April 26 2013 - 01:46 PM

Feedly for my Android device.

 

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Posted April 26 2013 - 08:30 PM

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?

 

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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Posted April 27 2013 - 06:38 AM

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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Posted April 27 2013 - 06:56 AM

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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Posted April 29 2013 - 07:21 AM

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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Posted April 29 2013 - 06:14 PM

I'll try again

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Posted April 29 2013 - 06:15 PM

Also, I'll take recommendations for a couple good new blogs :)

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Posted April 30 2013 - 06:16 AM

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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Posted April 30 2013 - 02:17 PM

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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Posted May 02 2013 - 03:50 PM

Chartier's advice:

http://davidchartier...e-alternatives/


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Posted May 02 2013 - 06:32 PM

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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Posted May 22 2013 - 01:40 PM

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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Posted June 20 2013 - 06:58 AM

Digg to the rescue?

http://www.wired.com...igg_reader/all/


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Posted June 21 2013 - 02:40 AM

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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Posted June 21 2013 - 07:24 AM

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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Posted June 21 2013 - 11:18 AM

I've never used that. But I use RSS like magazine reading, just flipping through.




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