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Goodbye Google Reader

14 Mar

I’ve been a daily (more like hourly) user of Google Reader since it’s advent in 2005 (or so). I’ve used it to subscribe to and follow more blogs than I can count and my subscription list has varied depending on the season.

I used to subscribe to an ungodly number of wedding and wedding photographer blogs, which I’ve culled down to a more reasonable amount (though that “Mark All As Read” button gets used often). I used to subscribe to Twilight fan blogs (totally serious). I still use it to subscribe to Dramabeans. I still use it to subscribe to food blogs and personal blogs and Christian blogs and tech blogs and mommy blogs. I just love blogs!

Much to my dismay, today Google announced that Google Reader is among the products/services that Google is “sunsetting” this year, on July 1, 2013 to be exact. I thought B was joking when he told me, but then I saw it for myself and there was a little bit of angry in me if we’re being real. I should have known this was coming when they removed the Reader button from the default bar on Google, but I must have been in denial.

Thankfully, there are alternatives and the world is not ending. Lifehacker and CNet both posted lists of alternatives that I used to figure out what what’s next. For a minute, I considered the fact that maybe RSS is getting old… and I need to get with the times… but then realized, if dependency on an RSS feed aggregator makes me old fashioned, then so be it. I signed up for Feedly today, and they are making it easy to sign up, connect to your Google Reader account, and they’ll do some techy magic (explained here) to keep it going even when Google Reader sunsets in 3 months and 19 days. It’s definitely prettier and more image-driven, but it’ll take some time to get used to.

I’m going to miss you, Google Reader.

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