If you haven’t heard, Google Reader will no longer exists as of July 1. And if you’re like me and rely heavily on Google Reader to house all of your blog subscriptions and RSS feeds, the impending termination probably has you panicking a bit. If so, you’ll be glad to know I found the RSS reader that will have you asking, “Google Reader, who”?
When the news first broke earlier this year, there were several new and existing RSS feed reader companies scrambling to provide a comparable replacement for avid Google Reader fans. Of course many of these alternatives allow you to export your Google Reader subscriptions, and quite seamlessly I might add.
But what about the starred items?
You know, those articles we’ve saved over the years to reference or pull inspiration from, on a later date. Many of the alternatives (e.g. Bloglovin’) do not allow users to import their starred items directly into the reader. Sure, there is a way to import them to the bookmarks on your browser. But who has time to figure out how to export their Google Reader data via Google Takeout, locate the starred.json file, add the JSONview extension to your browser, then reorganize all the links within your bookmarks? Plus, what happens to those bookmarks when your computer crashes? They’ll be lost forever. I don’t have time for that level of devastation.
To save you from the frustration of seeking out the best solution, I did the legwork and found the most viable option. Feedly.
For starters, the Google Reader import process was almost too easy. No tech knowledge is required. You will be prompted to enter your Google login information, then Feedly takes it from there. Within minutes, my subscriptions and favorites were loaded, all in tact and organized as they were previously. The layout is clean, social media integration is straightforward and there are several different view options (from title-only to full article).
What makes Feedly an RSS reader powerhouse is their new cloud functionality. This means you can access your feed subscriptions from a computer or any of your devices (using the Feedly app or any app from this ever-growing list) and all activity is saved on each and every one of them. If you’re on the laptop sifting through your subscriptions on Feedly, they will be marked as “read” when you power up the Feedly app on your iPhone. Adding a blog to your list of subscriptions, while on your Galaxy S4? Expect to see that new feed the next time you view Feedly via NextGen Reader on your Surface Pro. That level of access and synchronicity was never available for Google Reader. So kudos to Feedly for taking things to the next level and making our lives that much easier.
Needless to say, I’m glad I decided to wait a little longer before converting over to a new reader. My procrastination has paid off…this time. If you haven’t done so, visit Feedly.com and get to exporting. July 1 will be here before you know it!