Friday, 28 June 2013

Saying Goodbye to Google Reader... + Please Carry On Following My Blog!!!

Remember my post back in March: So, How Will I Read My Favourite Blogs Now?... Google Reader ends in only a few short days folks! From Monday 1st July 2013 it will be no more (report in the Guardian here).

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So what are the alternatives? Many other feed-reader service providers are offering 1-click type options to import your current blog reading list into their service - you pretty much tell them your current Google Reader username/email address (+ password) and bingo-presto all done....

However... I strongly recommend that everyone currently using Google Reader saves a back-up of their subscription data (which list all the blogs that they follow) to their computer. That way if your "import" into a different service-provider (e.g. Bloglovin / Feedly etc.) fails or goes wrong you still have your information saved safely - as after 1st July you will not be able to access it peops!!! You can save your data using this process: How can I download my Reader data? (It uses Google's Takeout function).

Below are some of the popular providers out t
here :)

If you're on Bloglovin - just use the button below to follow me:

Follow Sew, incidentally...

If you've signed up to Feedly - then click here to follow me.
follow us in feedly

There's also The Old Reader - a desktop based, much more basic reader.

And, there's Digg Reader too.

    A quick note about FEEDLY:
   Feedly seems to be a very popular option for people transitioning away from Google reader -
   as it works across multi-platforms, with apps and on iPhones, Android, Desktop etc. etc.
   Check out this link 
Transitioning from Google Reader to feedlyQuote: "When
   Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if
   you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be
" Unquote 
   - I found this webpage about 
How To Import Google Reader Tags To Feedly And Get
Everything Working!
   - And, this one on 
How to Export Your Starred Items From Google Reader 

    Read more about the demise of Google Reader here: Powering Down Google Reader  and here for How can I download my Reader data? 

    Quote from Google's own official blog:
    "We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.
    There are two simple reasons for this: 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.

    To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout."

    For what it’s worth, this petition has been set up: Google: Do not remove Google Reader on July 1, 2013


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