Why It Is Good Google Reader is Shutting Down

google readerIf you haven’t heard the news already, Google Reader is shutting down on July 1st this year. (Thank you Kristi Hines for letting us know in your article here).

For me, this was how I read and kept track of all of the blogs I follow.

At first, I freaked out. But as I started to think about it, I realized this was actually a good thing!

Let me explain why.

So when I first found out this news, I had a mini panic attack.

What Do We Do Without Google Reader?

I started freaking out. All the time I’ve spent finding good blogs and adding them to Google reader. All the articles I starred. What would I do?

But then I calmed down a bit.

Kristi Hines points out in her article that we can actually export all our RSS feeds from Google reader. Again, click here to see how Kristi’s article on how to export RSS Feeds from Google Reader.

You will be using Google Takeout to do this.

It basically gives you a file with all of your RSS feeds that you can import into other RSS readers.

Life Without Google Reader

So while I was panicing, trying to figure out what to do with Google Reader, I started wondering:

“There’s got to be an alternative to Google Reader?”

I mean, Google Reader can’t be the only RSS Reader out there.

Luckily, Kristi Hines shows us some alternatives to Google Reader.

The Alternatives to Google Reader

She mentions the following:

  • Feedly
  • Netvibes
  • Newsblur

I’ve only used Feedly, and I really like it.

It has a very clean interface, makes it really easy to organize your Feeds, share your feeds (it has a built in button for Buffer even), and to save articles you want to read later.

They even have an iphone app that makes reading articles on your phone super easy.

In fact, when I discovered it, I liked it so much that I started reading my Google Reader feeds through Feedly.

In fact…

For the past 3 months, I haven’t even used Google Reader

Instead, I’ve been reading all my RSS Feeds through Feedly.

The reason?

I actually hated Google Reader.

I Actually Hate Google Reader

I thought I loved it, because, for a long time, everyone used it so I figured it had to be the best RSS Reader app out there.

But it’s difficult to use on an iPhone and iPad. And that’s where I do most of my reading. It doesn’t have very many built in features. And it isn’t all shiny like Feedly is.

Why Google Reader Shutting Down Is Good

Simply put…I don’t use it.

I don’t need it.

And I think it’s starting to get clunky.

I think it’s used so much because it’s been around for quite some time, but that doesn’t mean it’s the best.

Feedly is much better.

So what should you do?

Start using Feedly (or one of the other Google Reader Alternatives Kristi Hines suggested in her article).

What Do You Think?

What are your impressions on this news? Will you miss Google Reader?

Let me know in the comments below.

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  • http://www.corporateinvestigators.com/france.php Hyptia@Corporate Investigators in France

    I think it’s not good atleast for me because i am using google reader almost 7 days in a week because blogging is that kind of thing from where we can learn and share many things about those topics in which we want to get more knowledge.

    • Brandon Yanofsky

      Yes. But you can still use Feedly to read all your blogs. It won’t affect anything.

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  • http://speakingabouthealth.com/ Aini clive

    well If feedly is exact replacement for google reader then no issue. I am never fascinated by this thing. I never make my life dependant on something. That’s why I am feeling better .cheers.

    • Brandon Yanofsky

      I love feedly. Much better than Google Reader. Let me know what you think.