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.
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:
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.
For the past 3 months, I haven’t even used Google Reader
Instead, I’ve been reading all my RSS Feeds through Feedly.
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.