Google Reader closed its doors on RSS feeds yesterday. GR has been around since 2005, offering a quick access to news from user’s favorite websites.
Following websites using RSS feeds from Google Reader does not end with the retirement party of Google Reader. Twitting and browsing the web are all great, but to many, checking RSS feeds from their chosen websites is the way to start a day. To me GR was my personal internet and like many I was sad when Google announced the closing of GR in March.
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader.” – Google, March 2013.
There are however few great Google Reader alternatives, that pick up the slack and even offer something better. One of such RSS readers is Feedly.
Doing about 25 million feeds a day to 12 million users, Feedly seems to be the RSS reader of choice these days. Couple of weeks ago Feedly launched their Feedly Cloud that works with apps as well as browsers. Feedly offers a one-click importing of all of your Google Reader stuff. Feedly offers open API to all developers that request it. Over 200 devs already have access to Feedly API and are making apps for it.
In near future we will no doubt see many Feedly-syndicated apps, but I think the greatest feature that Feedly offers is a cloud version. Anytime, anywhere with internet access, users can get their news feeds right on Internet Explorer, Safari, or Opera. So, if you’re depressed about Google Reader closing its doors, chill, because there is a one-click migration of all of your feeds on Feedly.
To Google, happy retirement Google Reader! Gonna miss ya!
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