RIP Google Reader.

Friday, March 15, 2013

My world is caving in. There have been meteors, sink holes and now I found out yesterday that Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1st!! WTF, universe. wtf. I thought it might be an early April Fools joke? But no.
I use it ALL the time and its the only thing that keeps me organized as I participate in this crazy blog world. I'm not alone in this as the internet has cried out to google and someone even started a petition at the white house page, ha! (they shut it down).  Did I hear that the topic trended over the new Pope on twitter? (or am I starting a rumor?)
So, I feverishly started researching and was on a mission yesterday to find something that looked the exact same. Obviously, that didn't happen but I did come up with some alternatives that I'll be testing out. Come on Google, whats next, Gmail?

I'd love to hear what you use and if you have any suggestions or reviews or tips? Here are some that I've rounded up:

1. Some friends gave me feedback on Facebook about their plans which included Feedly and Netvibes and *update* The Old Reader. The Old Reader looks good at is most visually similar to google reader. 

2. My friend Dimitri from the popular site Newly Swissed clued me in to this mysterious new reader called 'Read' that you can sign up for early access as they develop it

3. One of my favorite sites, LifeHacker, wrote a great post about alternatives and how to import your google reader

4. I personally signed up for Newsblur but am having issues importing my google reader via their easy import option as so many people are signing up for it at once after the google news. I like it so far and hope they can handle the traffic soon. I definitely want to stick with a web based reader so that I can access it anywhere.

I will try out many before settling on the perfect one so will keep you posted!

24 comments:

Kate said...

I can't believe it either! Will be very interested to see if you find anything to replace it with. Am now on my way over to Lifehacker for a read . . .

Chloe Moon said...

I've always used Bloglovin from the start but I didn't realize how good Google Reader actually was until a lil while ago! What a shame! That's hilarious though about the white house petition!! =P

Good luck finding alternatives!! =)

Ergo-Blog

ellie said...

Oh..no..are they serious? This is scary.

ivy's closet said...

Maybe they'll rename it. I'm not sure what's going on with Google. Maybe this is what happens when they won't let you work from home.

Nanne said...

Oh no! What's happening? I totally depend on Google!

marissa bognanno said...

what will we do!? i had a link list in my bookmarks bar (that's so 2002) but it's not the saaaaame! i want the reader to stay!

Nnenna said...

Ugh, I know, it's totally upsetting that they're shutting down Google Reader especially because it seems like a lot of people still use it! I'm trying out Feedly for now, but I'm not sure I like it so I'm going to try out other alternatives too.

star-crossed smile

Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~ said...

i'm totally bummed over this!

Megan Lane said...

I can't believe this! what a pain. now I know why I keep getting emails about people following me on bloglovin!

Josie said...

I think if you set up a feedly account now it will import all the blog you follow. It has for me anyway. Not ideal but works the same kind of way i think. No idea what they're thinking though!

Erica said...

Ug. It is a pain. I've switched to Bloglovin' for now, but think that I'll ultimately end up with Feedly. I've been trying it out and I seem to like it so far.

Wendy said...

Yup, total bummer. I'm using Bloglovin but I plan on looking into the options you've listed (thank you for the heads up).

Christianna said...

I'm going to let you figure this thing out and then get back to me. I asked someone who would know what was up with Google being lame and they didn't know what was up at all...

Dancing Branflake said...

Is it weird I've never used Google Reader? I always used the Dashboard. Creature of habit, I guess. But I will be sad when less people read my blog. That's always sad.

nancy @ adore to adorn said...

ugh I cannot even begin to start at how irritated and upset I am over this. I have not even started to do what others have done (which is switch to a new platform). While I realize tech changes and people just have to "keep up"...this is so annoying and terribly inconvenient. SIGH!!

xo,
nancy

Megan Erbele said...

This happened with BlogLines a couple years, so I jumped on the gReader bandwagon (one less password!). But BlogLines is still active.I'm praying for the same thing to happen here. In the meantime... devastated.

Lady Grey said...

I've always used bloglovin but I hear netvibes is good.
xo

Andrea said...

I like using Feedly and it will automatically import the blogs you're following when you sign in with your gmail account.

anakalui

Catita said...

Bloglovin all the way baby! try it, its much better and love their layout ;)

FASHION TALES said...

Interesting, I've never heard of this "Read" version. But I use Bloglovin' & G+ for blogs at the moment. I like Bloglovin'

Amanda said...

Girl, in your same boat. The evening I found out, I was at the table with my husband and I was like oh my what the FFFFFFFFFFFFFFFF! He thought something terrible had happened and I was like yeah the world is ending, dude. They're shutting down google reader!! I too went to facebook and someone suggesting bloglovin' and elisa from Globetrotting in Heels suggested feedly. still haven't checked either of them out yet...

Carrie said...

Are they really? I've never used Google Reader but that sucks!!!

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Elle Sees said...

thanks for sharing these alternatives!! i've been freaking out!!

M said...

why would they do that?!?!?! ugh!


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www.bellesandrebelles.blogspot.com

 

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