I think I can’t stay away from this weeks hottest news:
Google Reader is shutting down July 2013
And, especially considering that
- The Bookworms are on a WP blog, which means we need people to subscribe to our feed since GFC is not working for us and
- I subscribed to tons of blogs and feeds and Reading Blogs and of course, I do not want to lose any blog I subscribed to!
Yep it’s true, another Google Product being abandoned after GFC was discontinued for all WP blogs and the big debate about Feedburner.. I’m a little tired of them abandoning such applications which is important for so many websites and blogs!
So, what does that means for you?
First, Don’t panic! You just have to find another way to read your Blogs.
And you know what? There are so much better alternatives out there than Google Reader ever was!
To be on the save side, you should first save the data from your Google Reader – meaning all subscriptions you ever made. This might not be necessary, but .. better save than sorry!
Here I found a step by step guide how to save your subscriptions:
- Go to the Google Reader Takeout page.
- Click the ‘Create Archive’ button at the bottom of the page, and let Google organize and prepare you archive for download.
- Click the ‘Download’ button.
- Verify your Google account details.
- Download the .ZIP file to a location of your choice on your PC.
- If you haven’t already done so, install a tool capable of opening .ZIP files such as WinZip or WinRAR on your PC.
- Now open the Reader archive you downloaded from Google with one of the tools mentioned in the previous point.
- Extract the files to a folder in an easy to locate spot like your Desktop. Source: Thinkdigid
But, this is just for safety – most of the new options let you import your data directly!
Today, I’d like to know how you are reading blogs and show you what I found to be the most exciting apps! Upfront, I have to say that I am a fairly visual person – I love things to look pretty!
Feedly is free and offers a super pretty and unique dashboard where people who previously read in Google Reader will find themselves homey. I also has some mobile apps for all platforms and I’m actually using it for my iPhone. Personally, this is what I will end up using as it is super pretty! I tried it out and felt instantly at home. It offers everything I’m looking for!
See below my dashboard (click to enlarge), you can choose between a magazine style, Titles style, Mosaic Style and more. Basically there is a display for everyone and I’m sure each and every one will find their preferred style
Mobile: Yes, Feedly does also excites as both an iPhone and iPad app!
Actually, I was surprised when I got a few new subscriptions today. Then , I realized that BlogLovin changed and let you import your Blog Subscriptions! This is awesome! The dashboard is nice has a clean look and easy to read feed after feed. This definitely is my second favorite app.
Also a big plus is that you can log in with your Facebook Account, which makes it even easier to sign up!
You can click on the icon to Follow the Bookworms on BlogLovin:
Mobile: Yes, BlogLovin does also exits as both an iPhone app!
this one has also a very graphical overview, which is something I like very much! You can also import your subscriptions to Pulse Me. Personally, not my favorite …
Mobile: Yes, Pulse Me does also exits as both an iPhone app!
The Old Reader
The Old Reader looks similar to Google Reader and lets you import subscriptions as well. I haven’t tried this one.
This is a paid app from iTunes but it’s a really great way to read and follow blogs! The only problem I have is commenting, sometimes it doesn’t work and comments are not saved. Of course this takes away a little of the fun! But, I’m sure they are improving this issue!
It’s $7.99 for the desktop App ($4.99 for iPad app and $2.99 for iPhone)
I have it for my MacBook and iPad and really love it!
Warning: Right now, it won’t work when GoogleReader shuts down, but since this is a paid app used my Thousands of Users I am absolutely sure they will find a solution!
Using the WordPress Reader off course means having a WP account. But, it’s not too bad having one if you ask me 🙂 To be honest, I didn’t know this application exits but, I will definitely try it out! What is important for us right now, is that you can also import your subscriptions!
So it’s worth a try!
For me a big disadvantage is that I won’t have a chance to customize the dashboard… But, it’s free and worth a try!
So yes there are tons of alternatives and I just touched a few right now. I’m sure more are popping up, but I personally will go with Feedly, as it’s pretty, clean, organized and exactly what I’m looking for!
Now, I want to hear from you.
How do you read Feeds, what are you using right now? And… now that Google Reader will be shut down, which new app will you try out for you? Feedly? BlogLovin?
Or, is there a Reader you love so much and I haven’t mentioned? I’d love to hear this and try it out!