Unless you’ve been living under a rock in the tech world, you’ve probably heard that Google Reader is shutting down. As a blogger, this is hitting me pretty hard. Feedreaders collects posts from websites and blog and gathers them in one place to read. This is fantastic because it means I can get caught up with all the blogs I follow in one place. I don’t have to check my email, browse through Twitter, and cruise through Facebook to see what my blogs are up. Obviously that’s a huge time saver.
Since hearing the news this week, I’ve been frantically searching the internet trying to find a suitable replacement. Let me tell you, it’s HARD trying to find a decent free, cloud based feedreader.
I’ve been playing around with feedly for the last few days. I’m liking it well enough so far.
You also have the option for a magazine like appearance.
The thing I like best right now is the fact that it’s directly using your Google Reader account. It imports everything from there and you’re good to go. Not to mention they’ve been working on something that will make the transition easy peasy when Google Reader shuts down.
The mobile app looks pretty good as well.
I guess what annoys me the most about Google Reader shutting down is I chose it because I thought it would be reliable. I knew there were other readers out there but I didn’t know how long they’d be around. Surely Google would be around for a while. I wouldn’t have to scramble to find a new service. I guess that’s not the case. Now it’s got me questioning other products I use from them: gmail, Google docs, and Google calendar. How long are they going to be around?
So tell me, what readers have you been trying lately? How are you liking them?