Will you miss Google Reader?

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I don’t have a great relationship with Google Reader, but I was still struck by a quick flash of panic and disappointment when I heard that it’s about to be scrapped.

Later on, I realized that was probably for the best, because it will force me to find a more workable alternative. Steve once recommended Protopage, and I’m sure there are other systems that have been developed (and will be developed) that are better, smarter, and less unwieldy.

Are you upset about the loss? Do you have your eye on a replacement?

8 thoughts on “Will you miss Google Reader?

  1. How did I miss this?! I’m already in trouble as I used to have my RSS feeds dumped in the mailbox of an account I’m not using much anymore. Now I have to find a way to keep up with all the blogs I want to follow. Argh!

  2. I was a bit upset for a few minutes. In all honesty if stopped using google reader do much. I have now downloaded feedly and I am spending the evening catching up on blogs. It’s very nice to use.

  3. I will miss Google Reader. I’ve been using it for years as my only way to keep up with the blogs that I follow. I’m really not looking forward to searching for and learning how to use something different – my life is busy enough already without that! I will definitely be checking out some of the potential replacements mentioned by the other commenters here.

  4. Google Reader is the only page I have open all of the time. I use it to keep track of probably about 150 different blogs, sites, podcasts and webcomics.

    It’s too bad that almost all of the RSS readers seem to be leaning towards the fancy magazine format instead of lists.

    So far I’m leaning towards The Old Reader as an alternative, but I haven’t been able to import my subscriptions to it(Last night I was number 215 in the import queue, this morning I’m 12,169!), so I’m still looking.

  5. Yes, I will. I use it pretty much every day. I’m trying out a couple of potential replacements. One is Feedly; the other is The Old Reader. Feedly has a decent Android app that syncs with the website. I also am using gReader on my phone.

  6. Yes, I am unhappy about it, and it has made me question the wisdom of continuing to use Blogger. Wondering when they’ll pull the rug out from under that as well. Almost all of my Google use came about as a result of using Blogger and the fact that things integrated so well. With pieces of it dropping off, it makes it much less attractive to me. I think I have a bigger decision to make than simply what RSS reader to use.

  7. Thank you for the mention. Yes Protopage is an excellent alternative. I’ve been using it now for over 7 or 8 years. For all my RSS feeds and bookmarks. It means you have them on which ever machine you happen to be using.

    I am using Protopage to monitor over 200 blogs for Filofax and other Planner posts for Philofaxy!

    Take a read of my blog post about it
    http://steve-morton.com/2011/06/29/protopage/

    Give Protopage a try

    Steve

  8. Yes, I am upset. I read your blog (and about 30 others) from Google Reader. I only use it to keep track of blogs, and never explored, therefore didn’t rely on, the other features. Now I need to find a similar, simple, and free, way to keep track of my blogs.

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