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Google Reader, RSS and blog housekeeping.

Impending RSS disaster and Dark Age.

I follow loads of RSS feeds for fun and for work, and all year I have felt smug about what I consider my clever set up of them (Google Reader in Firefox for personal, Chrome for work; a combo of Instapaper and Buffer and Twitter and Google Bookmarks to keep track of everything). But disaster has struck. While it’s happy to bore us to death with things we don’t want, Google has removed support from Reader and will be shutting it down in July.

I am currently trialling a solution that involves Feedbin ($2 a month! I would be happy to pay that to Google if only they’d take it) and Reeder. My hope is that by funneling Feedbin through Reeder I will get its smooth, efficient reading experience without its grey-paletted ugliness. Other people have found good (free) replacements in the form of The Old Reader and Feedly.

As for following my blog and READ.LOOK.THINK, there are three options in addition to the full RSS feed:

  • My mailing list. Only once a week, only READ.LOOK.THINK. Sign up here; this is what it looks like.
  • Facebook. One link a week, only to READ.LOOK.THINK. Like on FB.
  • Bloglovin.’ (I really don’t know what this is at all.)

Do tell me if you hear of a good RSS reader between now and July. I have high hopes for Digg’s, and you can sign up to be notified when it’s ready.

  1. I’ve been using Bloglovin’ for a few weeks and I’m so happy with it. I imported all of my reads and RSS feeds directly from Goggle Reader without any issue. It’s also a great platform to find new reads!

    And, thanks for Read. Look. Think. I’ve been following for about a year and I’ve come to rely on you as a source for all things interesting on the web!

    May 9, 2013
  2. Oz #

    I’m quite happy with feedly for the moment.
    It imports google reader’s feed but I only use its mobile version which is very smooth and easy to use. I can’t say the same for its desktop version so I will be giving a try to those you mentioned. Cheers

    May 10, 2013
  3. Allie #

    Feedly’s “Desktop” version is integrated into your web browser (works with Chrome, Safari, and Firefox). I love it! Pleasant, colorful themes. Various layouts for organizing your feeds – cards, list, magazine. Optimizes your feed every four hours to show the most popular articles on top, if you want. There are some tiny and tasteful ads on the right sidebar — e.g. Amazon books you might like — although this can easily removed with a Firefox extension. Definitely worth a try, and I much prefer it to Reeder.

    May 13, 2013

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