So, the enlightened folks at Google have announced that they are doing away with Google Reader.
Thanks, Google. Thanks a bunch!
I’ve been using Google Reader every day for years to keep tabs on news from around the interweb. It’s not the perfect tool for doing this but it can be accessed from any web browser and your feeds can be synced with a range of clients on desktop, tablet and phone. This ease of access makes up for the shortcomings of the interface which, let’s face it, Google haven’t made much of an effort with for some time. But dammit all it works and I like it – that alone should be enough for them to keep the service going.
Well, maybe it isn’t. But perhaps petitions such as this one over at change.org show there are plenty other folk who use Google Reader too. Perhaps the decline in use of Google Reader isn’t as great as Google seem to think? Mayhap the amount of support shown will be enough to force a change of mind – though I’m not holding my breath.
So, just in case there is no reprieve and Google Reader disappears round the u-bend of history, I’m checking out alternatives.
And already Feedly is looking like a good option. It is web-based and has plug-ins for Firefox, Chrome and Safari. There are IOS and Android apps for it. The Feedly interface is easy to use, customisable and a lot prettier than that of Google Reader – I was up and running with Feedly for Firefox in moments. The Feedly team already have a plan in place to cope with Google Reader’s demise offering a seamless migration for Google Reader users. Looks like they’ve thought of everything!
Check out the Feedly Blog for more information.
Looks like the axing of Google Reader may not be such a nuisance after all!