(xposted to Reading Envy)
Hey you, blog reader.
Do you access this blog through Google Reader? If so, you should know
that it will be shut down on July 1, 2013. Happy birthday to me! I use
Google Reader as my blog and tumblr manager, and follow hundreds, maybe
thousands of baking, reading, library, art, and music blogs. At first I
was grumpy, but I got some great ideas from friends and colleagues
about what to do. I
have culled the suggestions into three solid replacement ideas for the
RSS reader's functionality, and pass them along to you now. Feel free
to share the love.
Free but not free, but my friend Jeff who has been using it thinks paying is worth it.
He also says: "You
can export your subscriptions into an opml file (from Reader) and then
import them into Newsblur. It's not free for a premium account, but I
don't mind paying for software when I think it's useful and will stick
A "social dashboard."
From the person who replaced me at DePauw: "I've
been using Netvibes for years to aggregate RSS feeds into useful tabbed
pages. It's easy to follow and keep up with. You can also create public
pages of your own design. If you use that to subscribe to your own
social media, you can create a centralized portal for others to see what
you're sharing, everywhere. Also has a built-in play for podcast
The Old Reader
looks just like Google Reader before the last update or two. Currently
in beta, but vetted by my friend Jon in Virginia and a LifeHacker post
There are several graphic-heavy apps or
platform-specific apps, but I want something I can get to from
everywhere, so I haven't bothered.
I hope this list is useful! You have until July 1 to find a solution.