What to do when Google Reader shuts down on July 1, 2013

by admin on March 14, 2013

Google Reader

On my lunch break I went to my Google Reader account to pull up all of the blogs I subscribe to and was greeted with this disheartening message, “Google Reader is shutting down July 1, 2013”. This is probably the Google product that I use the most and that includes the search engine.

Bummer.

So, instead of procrastinating and waiting until June 30th at 11:55pm to find a new home for my RSS feeds I did a quick search and decided on migrating to Feedly. The coolest thing about Feedly is that they were quick to pick up on the news that Google Reader is shutting down and have made transitioning to their service, seamless. Just enter your Google account info and *bam* your RSS feeds are ready and waiting.

feedly

After just playing around with it for a few minutes, my first impression is – why on earth did I stick with Google Reader for so many years? Most likely because I am adverse to changing things up once I am happy with a product. I’ve been missing out though.

Feedly makes your RSS feeds look like an online magazine. Everything looks great and the feeds that you read the most appear at the top of the page (there are also the familiar category links on the left just like they were in Google Reader).

I also picked up the free Feedly app for my Kindle Fire so I can have access to my feeds away from my laptop.

So, all in all, I guess Google shutting down Reader has turned into a good thing – for me anyway.

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