March 14, 2013
Sometimes, I really think that Google's goal is to make really cool things that we love, then take them away from us. They're like the Joss Whedon of internet services.
Announced yesterday, Google is powering down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Here's a quote:
usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
A better user experience that doesn't let me follow blogs that I subscribe to, apparently. I guess I could just search for the blogs I'm interested in, right?
If you want to get depressed, here's a list of other discontinued Google products.
So what do we do now? Besides drink heavily, of course. Well, I've heard good things about NewsBlur. Their interface is shiny and they can import your feeds from Google Reader directly (but hurry!). They're also cross platform and have mobile apps for iOS and Android. If you're like me and follow...well...everything, then it's $1/mo (for over
6412 RSS feeds). If you're like me and don't want to be, that might be a good impetus to "thin the herd", so to speak. Unfortunately, they're having some scaling problems at the moment because of the influx (apparently one signup per second!). Hopefully things will get straightened out soon.
I've also heard people say nice things about feedly, and I have used their android app. It's nice, but I haven't spent the hours with it I'd need to actually recommend it.
If you aren't using Google Reader, what do you use? Share with us so we can DoS your service, too!