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Google Reader is dead. Long live Feedly!

Posted by on Mar 21, 2013 in blog links, personal | 5 comments

Google Reader is dead. Long live Feedly!

In case you haven’t heard, Google is killing Google Reader on July 1, 2013. That’s only a couple of months away. If you’re like me and use Google Reader daily to keep up with many (too many) blogs, then this news may have come as a shock.

(By the way, in case you don’t know, Google Reader is a feed reader. It’s a way to keep up with new blog posts – as well as other new items published on the internet from many different sources.)

When I first heard the news, I was a little shocked then perplexed… What would I do about all those blogs? I certainly can’t surf to each one of them to see if anything new had been added. So, I asked on Facebook, “What should I use now that Google Reader is being killed off?”

I received several suggestions and looked a few briefly.

Then, I tried Feedly, and I LOVE IT! Seriously.

(No, I’m not getting anything in return for saying this, and no one has asked me to review or recommend Feedly.)

In fact, I think I like Feedly better than Google Reader. If Google announced today that they changed their mind about killing off Google Reader, I would not change back.

If you use Google Reader, I’d recommend looking into Feedly. Feedly will automatically sync to your Google Reader account, and you will not have to do anything to pull in your RSS feeds.

If you decide to try it, let me know what you think.


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  1. 3-21-2013

    Did you notice that the keyboard shortcuts are the same as Google Reader also? It’s pretty sweet!

  2. 3-21-2013

    Thanks for the tip. I went back to Bloglines when it was resurrected. I like it better than Google.

  3. 3-21-2013

    Checked it and I like it. Now if Flipboard will support it for my android phone I can make it my only rss reader.

  4. 3-21-2013

    Yeah, it came as a shock to me too. And then I switched to Feedly as well, and like you, I am loving it!

    Now I am wondering if Google will kill Feedburner. If that happens, I don’t know what I will do! Feedblitz, I guess…. except they are not free.

  5. 3-22-2013

    Loving Feedly! Someone on the web suggested The Old Reader and I tried that at first and it feels…old. Feedly is laid out nicely and is very easy to use. It also will automatically import everything from Google Reader. Definitely two thumbs up from me!