What is an RSS feeder and why should you care?
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Have you planned your escape?
The first step is to download your feeds so you can import them into another service. Click here to find out how: “How can I download my Reader data?” The next step is to find an alternative (See my reviews of other services and recommendations below.)
Why you need to set up an RSS feeder:
Well-educated people used to have subscriptions to two
Why did Google murder Google Reader?
There is the reason they’re giving, and what I believe to be the real reason. Publicly they’re saying that they want to focus their resources, and that most people get their news through social media. They want you to migrate to Google+ and get all your news there all jumbled together with your friends’ postings of the latest five hundred pictures of their cats. While I will often discover an article because a friend recommended it on Facebook, it’s a pretty inefficient way to gather the kind of information I want to read. My personal belief is the real reason they have ended Google Reader is they haven’t been able to monetize it — when you get to select articles from various sources, over which Google has no control, it’s tough to push ads.
So what are the alternatives out there?
In my post in March, I surveyed the landscape of what was available immediately after Google’s announcement. My recommendation was to hold tight — with Google Reader going out of business, it was likely other companies would step forward. That has turned out to be the case. Unfortunately, I would have to say the majority of the RSS feeders out there have simply stepped up their advertising without making any significant changes to their product. The majority of them either are available only on a few platforms (Mac, but not PC; Mac and PC, but not on your smart phone; on your smart phone, but not Mac or PC, etc.) or they try to make money off you by limiting the number of feeds you can have, and then charging you a monthly fee.
My recommendation: Feedly
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Other services available:
Since Google’s announcement of the end of Google Reader, there been a lot of services angling for the attention of the public. Here are my reviews of other services I did in March with updates where appropriate:
- Fever: Apple only; $30 for service.
- Netvibes: This is the initial service I recommended. I take it back… I really take it back… I repent of this recommendation in dust and ashes! I used the service for months, putting up with it freezing constantly on my PC when I scrolled too quickly through articles, not working, not updating, or simply crashing on my smart phone. It really doesn’t have an app for Android or iPhone, it’s just a really clunky webpage. Don’t waste your time.
- Newsblur: Only 12 feeds allowed, then you pay (Only 12 feeds? Really?!)
- The Old Reader: Supposedly like Google Reader, but no Android app. I eventually got this working, but it was slow as molasses both on the web and on my phone. I eventually dumped it.
- Pulse: Useless — Controlled from Android app; you can't import on the web or your PC; ten feeds fills up a category; I have more than that under almost every subject.
- Taptu: Only allows up to 100 feeds from Google Reader.