PSA: Google reader is on its last days

A rare weekday post from me so you know it must be important.

Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1st.  Many of you use Google Reader.  I know this because almost 90% of my RSS requests come from Google Feedfetcher.

That means 90% of you will lose track of all your RSS feeds 5 days from now.  If you haven’t found an alternative – or, like me, you’ve procrastinated finding an alternative – I’ll share my pick with you all.

It’s feedly.

Feedly screen cap

Here are just a few of the awesome features from feedly:

  1. One-click migration from Google Reader.  No muss, no fuss.  Just give them access and the feeds get slurped in.
  2. Choice of views – look at a list of titles, cards (show 3 posts per row, with images and a short excerpt), or my fave, magazine view (pictured above).
  3. Recommendations for other blogs like this.
  4. They designed an open API.  This may be Greek to some of you but stick with me.  This is important to us because it tells us that Feedly is investing in the service.  They’re not planning to shut down any time soon (take that, Google).
  5. They have an iOS and an Android app.

You can read the full list of enhancements on their blog post – Summary of the last 100 days.

Even if you aren’t convinced that feedly is for you, you’ve got 5 days to make a decision.  Feedly made it easy.  It took me all of 30 seconds to log in and migrate.  Give it a try – you have nothing to lose (well, ok, 30 seconds).

(I hope) I’ll catch you on the purl side.


6 thoughts on “PSA: Google reader is on its last days

  1. Bless you a thousand times! I had at least saved all of my URL’s into a word document but I still didn’t know what I was going to do with them, lol. This’ll do for now :)

  2. Thank you for this. I’ve been procrastinating, wondering what to do. Feedly sounds great!

  3. I didn’t really like feedly. But I found bloglovin and like that. Boo to you Google Reader!!!!!

  4. Long time reader but infrequent commenter. I just wanted to say thank you so much for this post. I have so loved google reader that I was in denial about it going away. Hadn’t even begun to make a switch. Your post inspired me to make a move and I’ll try to get used to Feedly. So thank you very much for your always enjoyable blog and for this really helpful post! Happy knitting.

  5. I have been trying to like feedly for awhile now, but I am so frustrated. One example – I cannot get it to look like the screen shot you have posted. A set-up like that seems to make a lot of sense to me, but I cannot get there. ARGH@!%%#

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