When Google announced last spring that it was killing Google Reader, my response was the same as others around the Twitterverse: an impassioned NOOOOOOO! I’m a big believer in RSS readers for a variety of reasons, and Google Reader had definitely been my reader of choice. I especially loved that I could follow those feeds on my smart phone through a compatible app, Feeddler, which synced my feeds, along with the folders I created in Google Reader to organize those feeds.
Like everything, eventually it all worked out (maybe imperfectly, but still). I am sure I’m not the only one who waited until the Very. Last. Second. to grab my data from Google and transfer it to my reader alternative, Old Reader (which is compatible with Feeddler–yay!). One by-product of waiting so long to make the shift: I now have almost 2,000 blog posts to catch up on. (See photo.)
Because the few months after Google’s announcement had people suggesting so many great alternatives (totally debunking the idea that RSS readers are outmoded), I am also experimenting with Feedly and Flipboard, both of which I love for the non-work related blogs I follow, since those blogs are more visually oriented than the stuff I read for work.
But while I have all this handled, I still have to figure out what reader will be best for my students, as signing up for Google Reader was a regular class assignment. Along with Feedly and Flipboard, others have suggested Newsvibe, Digg Reader, Pulse, AOL reader (yes, you read that right), and NewsBlur. It’s tempting to jump to something more visually exciting, but I have a feeling I’ll default to Old Reader since it basically replicates Google Reader’s interface. Why mess with a good thing?