Thursday, March 21, 2013

Google Reader

As some of you may know, Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. What does this mean? Well if you're using Google Reader, you probably know that you're using it. And if you don't use it or have no idea what it is, then you should be fine! 

For my blog, there are several ways you can follow me:


I also try to post on Twitter, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Google+, but directly following my blog or following on Facebook are where you will get the most information.



If you use Google Reader to follow my blog and other sites, the good news is that it isn't the only RSS reader out there. There are several alternatives, so you can experiment with a few to see which one you like best. After all, you have until July 1 to make your decision! 

One of the first things you want to do if you're switching RSS readers is to export the sites you already follow from your Google account. That way you won't have to go through and manually follow them all again. You can export the sites you follow using Google Takeout. Specifically, Google Takeout's Reader page

Once you have exported them, you can import them into a new reader. Different readers will have the "import" option in different locations, but they should all have one. If you're importing the file you just got from Google Takeout, the file should be called subscriptions.xml. It's this xml file that you want to import, not the zip file it came in. 

Unfortunately most sites may not be compatible with which articles or posts you've starred or have already read, but at least you will have your subscriptions. Depending on how many you have, it could save you a lot of work! 

If you're still looking for an alternative, Lifehacker has an article discussing some options, and also explains more on how to export your subscriptions. Forbes also made a list of some alternatives. A couple that seem to be popular are Pulse and Feedly. But like I said, experiment for a while and choose what works best for you! 

2 comments:

  1. I am sure this will sound dumb but I'm new to the blogging community. Is the blogger dashboard affiliated with google reader?

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    1. I'm not actually sure if it is. It seems to work the same way that Google Reader subscriptions do, by displaying blogs you follow. They discuss how to manage subscriptions here (http://support.google.com/blogger/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=99761). It looks like it's all powered by Google Reader, and it also looks that's all the dashboard.

      It's going to be strange not having it there if they do get rid of that part too. The same goes for GFC since it's all connected. I'm assuming they will all no longer be around after July 1, but I guess we'll have to see! Google services are so intertwined that I don't know which other services will be affected. I'm hoping to find more information about it all before July 1 and will try to keep everybody informed. This is an early warning though!

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