Goodbye Google Reader

I've used Google Reader for as long as I can remember. Imagine my shock when I saw the news that it is shutting down in July. It has been a while since I've used the web interface of Reader, though. I viewed my feed through Pulse. I still love Pulse, but I decided that maybe it was time for a full change.

Enter Feedly. Feedly was recommended to me by Brit. I have to admit that I have zero regrets about installing it. I love that Feedly has extensions for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari. The app looks beautiful on Android and iOS.

I didn't have my Reader feeds organized, but Feedly makes it easy on both the phone and the web. I was able to set categories easily. If you have categories already [in Reader], they sync over to Feedly. Feedly was originally based solely on Reader[1. Yes I do my research...], but they had a feeling that Google would shut the service down and started working on their own backend solution. With that being said, Feedly should still work perfectly after July 1st.

My other choice[2. I only use it for personal blogs that I comment on.] is Bloglovin'. They have a web version that looks great on Internet Explorer, as well as other browsers. It is also available on Android and iOS. They are not based on Reader at all, but are offering a way to import your feeds.

So there you have it. Two options to check out. What app/site did you decide to use to read your feeds?

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  • Shannon says:

    I can't lie, I was highly upset about this news as well. I really do enjoy google reader. I have been seeing a lot of posting about feedly, though, so I may have to check it out.

  • Sarai says:

    I'm definitely adding Feedly to my Possible Google Reader Replacement List although I really do love Bloglovin'. I'm hoping more people roll out different options in the coming months!

  • Cori says:

    I just found Feedly last night and I'm already pretty stoked about it. It's exactly what I was looking for and hadn't been able to find in the last three or four readers I've tried. So far I've only used the Chrome extensions, but downloading the Android app is on my to-do list.