Friday, July 12, 2013
RIP Google Reader - What Now?
Well, you may remember that many moons ago I wrote a post about how Google Reader could save you a lot of time by letting you know when people create new posts on blogs you love to follow. That promise is still true and I still use it for my friend Eli's blog! I have a Google Reader iGoogle gadget and when Eli puts up a new post, I get notified right away, it's great!
Well, sad news. Both Google Reader AND iGoogle are dying and will soon be dead : (
So what now?
Well, there are a lot of products out there now like readability.com, feedbin.me, feedly.com, feedwrangler.net, feedafever.com, etc... There are also some apps like Reeder which have come out for you smartphone users. However, I use none of them. I'm just depressed about the state of the whole thing and couldn't be bothered to do much about it. I expect you are in a similar position if you are reading this.
Here are my suggestions if you need a quickfix:
1 - See if the website you follow has an email update. That way you can get notified by email when a new post is created.
2 - If you use twitter, see if that website generates a tweet each time they make a new post, then just follow them on twitter.
3 - If you sit at a desk all day and use outlook, just put the RSS feed address into outlook. You will then get a notification when there are new blog posts right in Outlook. Here is a very quick video showing how you can set it up!
If you any of you have a suggestion for a good replacement for Google Reader that won't cause me a lot of pain, I would love to hear about it. Leave me a comment. Peace out!