Yesterday afternoon, thousands of Google Reader users logged into their account only to be shocked and dismayed by a pop-up message that Google Reader will be retired on July 1st of this year.
Although it’s a free service, it’s one that many of us rely on for staying in touch with other blogs, and the prospect of finding a new service can feel daunting!
I spent this morning researching a few of the alternatives that I’ve seen mentioned, and my conclusion at this point is that Feedly.com is the best option. I’ve heard great things about The Old Reader as well, but unfortunately their bandwidth isn’t able to handle the influx of users, and I’m frustrated that I haven’t been able to import my Google Reader data, so I will probably stick with Feedly instead. (Feedly has done a remarkable job of scaling very quickly in the 24 hours since this announcement!)
Note: Feedly currently pulls from the Google Reader API, but they already have a replacement solution called Normandy in place already, and they seem confident that the transition on July 1st will go off without a hitch.
Feedly actually runs as a plugin in Firefox, Chrome or Safari or as an app for iOS or Android rather than as a web-based reader like Google Reader, but your account will sync across various devices and browsers. If you’re still using Internet Explorer, now is a great time to switch to Firefox (my personal favorite) or another one of these browsers, which are preferred by most techies.
Importing your Google Reader account to Feedly is easy (but do this sooner rather than later so that you don’t forget about it and lose all of your data on July 1st!): head to Feedly.com, where you will connect with your Google account, import your feeds and create your Feedly account in just a few clicks.
You can then customize Feedly to your heart’s content, and it offers some pretty nifty “magazine” style layouts in addition to the Title or Full Post view you get with Google Reader.
This is a great option for moving all of your feeds over in one fell swoop, but don’t forget that there’s another way to stay in touch with Life Your Way as well! Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and each weekend you’ll receive an email with all of the latest posts so you can quickly find the ones you’re interested in and stay on top of the latest happenings here on the site.
Do you use Google Reader now?