Bye-Bye Google Reader

So its not news that Google has decided to discontinue the Reader service. I was hoping that the “will of the internet” would reverse the decision by Google and they would keep the service that many thousands still use. So far this hasn’t happened and rumour has it that the Google Overlords are not bending .

I know that the days of RSS are numbered but I really like it so I’m not letting it go easily. The common response I get when I ask for a suggestion to replace RSS is “Twitter”. I tried using Twitter but it really isn’t the same and I haven’t been able to use it as effectively as Reader… Where Twitter seems to be fine for following the news and news-like sites, it falls down when trying to follow personal blogs which are updated infrequently… just like mine. I have been told by a number of people that they likely won’t read this blog once Reader dies because I don’t post enough (and I know I don’t, so there is no dispute).

So the point to all this rambling is a question. What are you doing for RSS now that Reader is going the way of the dodo?

I started exploring new services that have popped up in an attempt to fill the void but I haven’t found anything that really works well. Feedly seems to be pretty good so far and is improving all the time so I’m giving it a shot with varied success.

I’d love to hear what you are using or if you are just giving up on the idea of RSS altogether.

Hope things are well on your end.

4 Comments

  1. Chris June 5, 2013

    I personally think the demise of RSS has been greatly exaggerated. To the tech industry something always has to be “dying” so they can replace it with something else. But I digress. I have been using Feedly for about a month and a half and I like it a little bit more all of the time. As you said, they are making improvements constantly. I also like the customization that it allows. It’s the best one I’ve found so far.

  2. Mike June 6, 2013

    I agree that RSS isn’t actually dead… I think that it will live on like so many other of the Internet’s forgotten toys (ICQ and IRC come to mind) with a small dedicated user base but with no major development to keep it in the mainstream.

    I’ll continue working on getting to know Feedly and hope for the best.

    Thanks Chris!

  3. Jen June 7, 2013

    Hey! I too have been trying feedly and like the aesthetics of it, but really like blog lovin’. It’s plainer but more similar to reader.

  4. Mike June 7, 2013

    I’ll have to look into “blog lovin”. Thanks!

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