Like many, Google’s recent announcement that they would be discontinuing their Google Reader (GReader) application as of 7/1/13 did not make me very happy, at all! They reasoned that RSS feeds had become somewhat passe, visible to them as declining use of Reader, and that they could/would no longer dedicate the resources necessary to keep the application running. From my perspective this was simply a business decision on Google’s part, but it was also a decision that not only caught me very much by surprise, it also brought into clear focus for me how much I still depend upon the RSS feeds from, literally, hundreds of websites to send me links about concerning important news about their products or about a topic that interests me.
For me, this announcement immediately triggered a search to find a replacement for my beloved Google Reader. After tossing aside about a dozen programs and Web sites, all of which claimed to be able to do “exactly” what Reader would do, I finally settled on a system put out by Feedly (Feedly.com). FINALLY I had found a worthy replacement for GReader which not only made it simple and easy for me to use, but also was able to painlessly convert all of my feeds and settings from Google Reader… there is perhaps a heaven!
I have been using Feedly for the last several weeks and have really come to like it. Sure, there are a few things that I wish that it did or did differently, but for the most part I am happy with my GReader replacement. I have been using it with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Android (JB 4.2.2); all with a great amount of success and a somewhat similar interface on each platform. Feedly has also released versions for iOS and for Kindles, but I don’t need those (right now). Over these last several weeks, the Feedly team has hardly stood still… adding bandwidth and servers to cope with the hordes of GReader users converting to Feedly. In addition to these performance-related changes, they have been rapidly adding features and capabilities to their software… the add-on for Firefox, for example, has gone from v11 to v14 in just this short amount of time.
I think that Google is making a mistake in “retiring” their GReader product… reading RSS feeds was yet another area where they dominated their competitors… and they are throwing it all away. I, however, am not ready to give up on RSS feeds… I look at 10’s of thousands of them each month and am very heavily dependent upon this as a means of efficiently tracking hundreds of Websites and topical areas. So, for me……. GReader is dead!… Long Live Feedly!!
Read more about Feedly at… http://feedly.com and at… http://www.ghacks.net/2013/04/08/feedly-fixes-login-issue-and-improves-its-rss-service-further/