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Google Reader Retiring?
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5478 posts
So got message today saying google reader is retiring on 1st July. Anyone got recommendation on another app?


Google Reader will be retired on July 1, 2013. If you'd like to download a copy of all your Reader data before then, you can do so through Google Takeout. You'll receive your subscription data in an XML file, and the following information will be downloaded as JSON files:

List of people that you follow
List of people that follow you
Items you have starred
Items you have liked
Items you have shared
Items shared by people you follow
Notes you have created
Items with comments
Click here to start downloading your Reader data from Takeout. Once downloaded, your subscription data should be easily transferrable to another product, where you can continue to keep up with your online reading.


Not sure if it will help but Petition to not kill Google Reader

http://www.change.org/petitions/google-please-don-t-kill-google-reader?utm_campaign=share_button_action_box&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=share_petition
10:28am 14/03/13 Permalink
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Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
8750 posts
Wait didn't they just spruce that up recently? I quite liked it as my RSS reader, guess I'll have to find something else.
10:42am 14/03/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7747 posts
Yeah just got this as well ironically when I logged into Google Reader... f*****g sucks BIG TIME. This is the single application that I spend most of the time reading and using other than Kindle Reader. D*** move Google.

I'm trying Netvibes Free at the moment it's ok but the app isn't available for Windows phone and it's a bit slow compare to Google Reader :/

This is literally the first time I'm upset by Google pulling application usually I just sign and roll with it but this time it's real :/ I've been trying to find alternatives for years but kept coming back to Google Reader because of its simplicity.

This is the only Google product I would pay to use if they made me do it as it become such and important part of day....

F*** I need a man sized tissue right now :_(
11:38am 14/03/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7748 posts
Now Netvibes has gone down, probably getting hammered by all the new rego :/ f*** sake..
11:56am 14/03/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7749 posts
Trying www.newsblur.com ... also down..
12:30pm 14/03/13 Permalink
Jayman
Brisbane, Queensland
818 posts
Not happy. Use it for all my news, and most tablet and phone readers sync to it. They're trying to push google plus. I wish everyone would stop forcing social media sites down my throat.
01:26pm 14/03/13 Permalink
redhat
Sydney, New South Wales
922 posts
This is the worst ever, it saves me so much time. Most of my phone reading is done on google reader and google currents. I go to the browser if I get through all the feeds and am out of content to browse fairfax.

How much could it take to keep the lights on anyways?
02:50pm 14/03/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5791 posts
Wait didn't they just spruce that up recently?

Yeah, back in 2011.

Sucky news, Nick Bradbury announced the plug is being pulled on FeedDemon as well. It'll still work locally but it won't be updated to sync to any new Reader-like API.

As a replacement, http://www.feedly.com/ isn't bad, but obviously they're working on the load issues at the moment like all the other web RSS reader replacement candidates. Chrome & Firefox plugins, iOS & Android apps as well. At the moment it only syncs with Google Reader but they've announced they'll have a contingency for syncing in place for when the Reader API goes offline.
03:18pm 14/03/13 Permalink
sparrow
Brisbane, Queensland
1727 posts
Yep, agree with all of this, totally sucks. It's one of the only sites that I actually use everyday, and get all my news and entertainment from it, not to mention use it to keep up to date with new research for work. *sadface*
03:52pm 14/03/13 Permalink
redhat
Sydney, New South Wales
923 posts
I blame aaron swartz for topping himself.

This RSS house of cards has come tumbling down.
04:00pm 14/03/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11825 posts

Yeah I've just moved over to Feedly. At the moment I've just got my Google Reader feed in there. I'm assuming that when the Google Reader feed goes so will that. So I'll probably have to find a way to migrate it over permanently? Real pain in the arse. I can't image much development time would be going into Reader these days so I don't know why they're closing it off :|
04:03pm 14/03/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11826 posts

Looks like they will have a good transfer when it shuts down: http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/.
04:16pm 14/03/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5793 posts
Electrons are expensive god dammit.
04:31pm 14/03/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19623 posts
This sucks balls.
05:25pm 14/03/13 Permalink
crazymorton
Brisbane, Queensland
3978 posts
If you have a tablet get either, or all
Flipboard
Feeddler Pro
Pulse News
06:50pm 14/03/13 Permalink
Obes
Brisbane, Queensland
9959 posts
It was my RSS reader : /
10:04pm 14/03/13 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5480 posts
same i am going to miss this deeply!
10:32pm 14/03/13 Permalink
redhat
Sydney, New South Wales
924 posts
So outraged.

http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/outrage-at-googles-decision-to-axe-reader-20130315-2g4ci.html

F*** YOU GOOGLE AND YOUR GOOGLE PLUS BULLS***!@#?!!!! ONE ONEONEONE

:/ So mad right now :/

http://thenextweb.com/google/2013/03/14/former-google-reader-product-manager-confirms-our-suspicions-its-demise-is-all-about-google


I really don't understand how google+ is supposed to replace google reader? Sharing is like the only thing they have in common. How am I supposed to get my feeds from google+?

Join every c***'s circle? It makes my eyes bleed. I can see like 1 news items per page in google+ on a 24" monitor if it has more than 3 comments.
10:03am 15/03/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5794 posts
Sharing is like the only thing they have in common.

Not since the last big update either. Google ripped the sharing features out of Reader so you had to use g+. It's no wonder Reader usage was declining.

I'm very happy with feedly now. I'd nabbed their app a few weeks back on iOS just to check it out but didn't realise it'd be a permanent solution.
10:33am 15/03/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7751 posts
So outraged.http://www.smh.com.au/digital-life/digital-life-news/outrage-at-googles-decision-to-axe-reader-20130315-2g4ci.htmlI really don't understand how google+ is supposed to replace google reader? Sharing is like the only thing they have in common. How am I supposed to get my feeds from google+? Join every c***'s circle? It makes my eyes bleed. I can see like 1 news items per page in google+ on a 24" monitor if it has more than 3 comments.


Yeah pretty much I've Googles (LOLZ) how to use Google+ as Google reader as replacement and just haven't found a way to do it sensibly. Frankly Google+ layout is s*** for quick information ingestion, this is how I use Google Reader. I don't want to have to actually "read" every god damn posts to see what it's about I want to be able to glance at the headline quickly through the list and only read the articles that I want by pressing "v" to open in new tab and just keep powering on.

Given the amount of information that are out there these days, I can't see use case for any of these fancy visual style reader such as Flipbord, Feedly etc. They are "pretty" yeah but if you only have one or two feeds maybe. I have 29 feeds (and I'm not even considered a heavy users compare to some) and I get 500+ articles a day. Imagine if I use hipster style Flipboard reader... I'd be there forever.

So far Netvibes is the best replacement, pretty much similar to Google reader in terms of data layout and keyboard shortcuts. Such a shame they don't have web optimised version for Windows mobile platform :/

I've been trying other replacements but they are totally useless at the moment due to people fleeing.... :/
10:41am 15/03/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36825 posts
This is the WORST NEWS EVER. I have used Google Reader every day since I found it.

I set up an instance of Tiny Tiny RSS and trying to use that: http://tt-rss.org/redmine/projects/tt-rss/wiki

It has mobile app versions (at least for Android) so that's nice.

If you have some webspace it's worth a look - not as good as GR but it's probably an OK replacement. Still keen to try others though.

If anyone wants to check it out I'm happy to make you a test account on my install and you can have a play.
05:24pm 18/03/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7754 posts
I had a look at Tiny Tiny RSS but it's just going to be too much work to run it etc... I'm lazy these days.

The old reader (http://theoldreader.com/) is back online and appears to be a very close replacement of the Google Reader. Plus it will import all your Google Reader's list into it so that's great. They just need to have either mobile version of the site or web app for WP8.

Apparently the WP8 app I'm using now (NextGen) reader will support backend such as one from Feedly or the old reader or newsblur so that's good news at least.

In the way looking at it now after I have time to calm down, it is probably good thing Google got rid of it because realistically that product wasn't going anywhere, it was pretty much left to die of a slow death for the past few years.

Such pity Google can't find a way to monitsed the product......
11:14am 20/03/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5816 posts
Downside to feedly is that the chrome extension seems to have a pretty nasty memory leak. Hopefullly they'll fix it in the coming months.

I think it enabled Chrome to run in the background or it was the first extension to use this setting so Chrome popped up in the system tray. Right click on Chrome in the system tray and uncheck 'Let Google Chrome run in the background' is a workaround.

I just let it run in the background at first but came back to half a gig of memory used by the feedly background page and Chrome on the verge of crashing. :/
11:27am 20/03/13 Permalink
pyro786
Rockhampton, Queensland
1 posts
I still cant find a good alternative to replace Google Reader, i use it almost daily. i am in deep love with it.
06:06pm 01/04/13 Permalink
Twisted
Brisbane, Queensland
11835 posts

Downside to feedly is that the chrome extension seems to have a pretty nasty memory leak. Hopefullly they'll fix it in the coming months.
Stop it from running in the background. Personally I don't let any Chrome extensions run in the background. I prefer just going to feedly.com rather than using the addon. Kind of annoying you need the addon actually :(

Some of the recent changes they've made have been good, my RSS feed is a lot more google reader like at least. Not sure how easy it would be to migrate your Feedly stuff to another service either though. I think down the track Feedly will start charging for services or features?
08:10pm 01/04/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5844 posts
Yeah I did.
In the last few days feedly has started showing ads in a few places.
They're not obtrusive, but they're already trying to keep it sustainable.
08:17pm 01/04/13 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5593 posts
So not long now anyone found a good alternative??
11:14am 08/05/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7784 posts
Try the old reader dude:

http://theoldreader.com/

Also most spot on replacement.
11:24am 08/05/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36960 posts
Stop it from running in the background. Personally I don't let any Chrome extensions run in the background. I prefer just going to feedly.com rather than using the addon. Kind of annoying you need the addon actually :(
I don't really get how feedly works. It looks like it's just a browser extension but to actually make it work like Reader, you need a web account on the Feedly service which then (I assume) talks to the browser extension?
01:39pm 08/05/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
5973 posts
Yeah, feedly doesn't come in the form of a web site UI like Google Reader, it's a service you subscribe to that either syncs with your Google Reader subscription or (in the very near future) does server side RSS subscription tracking like Reader does. The feedly.com web site basically just exists to host the company blog, faq and deliver the browser extensions.

I assume the extensions (Safari, Firefox & Chrome) and the iOS and Android apps all connect to the same service behind the scenes. I don't have a separate feedly account, I just used the same Google account as I do with Google Reader and it automatically synced all my Reader feeds.
02:26pm 08/05/13 Permalink
Zak
Brisbane, Queensland
2975 posts
Thanks Opec, Old Reader looks pretty good so far.
02:48pm 08/05/13 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5594 posts
Thanks Opec, Old Reader is exactly what i want!
03:03pm 08/05/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7787 posts
No worries guys, the only problem for is that there isn't a client for the old reader on Windows Phone 8 :_( The NextGen reader app on WP8 is what I use currently and they have a "solution" for syncing after Google Reader is shut off, I'm hoping they'll announce they'll be using the old reader as their back ends.. /fingers crossed!
03:34pm 08/05/13 Permalink
Zak
Brisbane, Queensland
2976 posts
Android app would be my biggest request - I use my RSS reader on my phone more than my desktop. Would be good to have the one feed synched between devices.
03:59pm 08/05/13 Permalink
Eorl
Brisbane, Queensland
9174 posts
Only problem with this Old Reader is that it can't seem to search through news items. That or I'm just doing something wrong here.
04:34pm 08/05/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7788 posts
Hummm there's a search box up the top?
04:37pm 08/05/13 Permalink
TiT
Brisbane, Queensland
5596 posts
yeah you can search
04:48pm 08/05/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
19887 posts
Old Reader is the good sniff sniff
09:56pm 08/05/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
20071 posts
12:56am 25/06/13 Permalink
Superform
Netherlands
7768 posts
its 2013... get over rss already...
06:06am 25/06/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7823 posts
I've completely migrated to Feedly now. They have both pure web and open API available to third parties apps so you can sync it on your phones on any platform - even WP8 haha.

It'll also import Google Reader list (with a few catches but works fine), similar keyboard short cuts, various article views to suit and fast and reliable.

They've done a great job, totally recommend it for those of you that are still looking:

http://blog.feedly.com/2013/06/21/summary-of-the-last-100-days/
07:29am 25/06/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
6112 posts
its 2013... get over rss already...

Yeah there were quite a few articles like that after Google announced Reader's closure. Ding dong, RSS is dead!

What should we replace RSS with though? The 12 million+ users that are now on feedly wouldn't mind suggestions.
Google+, Facebook & Twitter streams are a joke for tracking hundreds of sites on a specific set of topics
08:57am 25/06/13 Permalink
infi
Brisbane, Queensland
20072 posts
its 2013... get over rss already...


there is normally something else better, when you are supposed to "get over" something.
09:00am 25/06/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
37119 posts
I've been trying feedly for a couple weeks. It is doable but still not as good as Reader, mostly because it's a little too slow for me (I really notice the few hundred milliseconds of latency flicking between things).

Until recently it was happily keeping my read/unreads in sync between it and Reader but it lost that a few days ago when they turned on 'cloud'. I have found their comms about the cloud thing to be completely useless - no idea what it is or why I care about it, just that there's some stupid convoluted thing happening.

The mobile app for Android is sort of nice but sort of irritating:

1) can't mark as unread. That really bugs me.

2) you can't tap the header of an item and have it open in your web browser. It opens in some embedded frame that does not use the local browser cookies. That is f*****g irritating as s***; it means for websites I read regularly in browser I have to have a completely separate login maintained within Feedly app, or manually open it in Chrome by navigating through the menu options.

Going to stick with it though for a while to see if it's just learning pains.
12:34pm 25/06/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7824 posts
I've been trying feedly for a couple weeks. It is doable but still not as good as Reader, mostly because it's a little too slow for me (I really notice the few hundred milliseconds of latency flicking between things). Until recently it was happily keeping my read/unreads in sync between it and Reader but it lost that a few days ago when they turned on 'cloud'. I have found their comms about the cloud thing to be completely useless - no idea what it is or why I care about it, just that there's some stupid convoluted thing happening. The mobile app for Android is sort of nice but sort of irritating: 1) can't mark as unread. That really bugs me. 2) you can't tap the header of an item and have it open in your web browser. It opens in some embedded frame that does not use the local browser cookies. That is f*****g irritating as s***; it means for websites I read regularly in browser I have to have a completely separate login maintained within Feedly app, or manually open it in Chrome by navigating through the menu options. Going to stick with it though for a while to see if it's just learning pains.


For me, the cloud reader is great because then you won't need the plugin for browser any more just hit their cloud page and migrate and your Google Reader list to it. Granted during the initial import it'll mark all items as unread which sucked but I normally get through my read list every couple of days so that wasn't a big problem for me so I just cleared it all and then just wait for the latest to get populated and off I go.

For mobile app for Android I recommend using third party that plugs into Feedly cloud's backend, gReader is what I use https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.noinnion.android.greader.reader&hl=en

It resolved nearly all of your problems listed above.

On WP8 I use NextGen Reader, they are now all working nicely together since they (and I) switched to their cloud reader.
01:26pm 25/06/13 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
37121 posts
Oh, so is that the point of the cloud reader - it's just the usual reader but you don't need a plugin?
01:32pm 25/06/13 Permalink
reso
I can't read
Brisbane, Queensland
5388 posts
Oh, so is that the point of the cloud reader - it's just the usual reader but you don't need a plugin?


For Feedly? Yup.

Some redditors have also been working on https://www.commafeed.com which is open source and you can host on your own servers if you want. It looks pretty decent.
01:35pm 25/06/13 Permalink
Opec
Brisbane, Queensland
7825 posts
Oh, so is that the point of the cloud reader - it's just the usual reader but you don't need a plugin?


Correct sir.

http://cloud.feedly.com/

So if you've migrated you should be able to use your Google accounts to sign in and off you go like you can with Google Reader.
01:41pm 25/06/13 Permalink
Dazhel
Gold Coast, Queensland
6115 posts
I have found their comms about the cloud thing to be completely useless - no idea what it is or why I care about it, just that there's some stupid convoluted thing happening.


Yeah they could certainly do without the stupid overloaded cloud terminology.

"feedly cloud" is what they're calling their implementation of the Google Reader back end services so they remove their dependency on Reader to track read/unread/flagging/rss polling etc. Previously they were just an alternative Flipboard style front end to Google Reader.

Whereas the cloud.feedly.com site is their replacement for the front end of Google Reader so you can use IE or Safari without the Chrome plugin.
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