Thursday, March 14, 2013

Say GOODBYE to Google Reader!

If you use Google Reader to follow your favorite blogs - including CLOcards! - you probably have seen their latest announcement by now:

Powering Down Google Reader

3/13/2013 04:06:00 PM
Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer

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.

Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

I have decided to try another reader called Feedly - we'll see how that goes!  If you love to have all your blog feeds in one place, I encourage you to check it out!

Feedly is popular, but definitely different than Google Reader. Its interface is less traditional and a bit more "newspaper-like," but it's very pretty. You can, however, get a more traditional Reader-like interface if you prefer. You need to download a browser extension for Chrome or Firefox to use it, but you'll be able to sync your feeds between browsers and even to Feedly's mobile apps. Update: Feedly has also said that they'll have a "seamless" transition method in place when Reader goes down.

Comments or questions?  Let me know what you think!

Thanks for stopping by today!

~ Hugs ~   Cheryl O.

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