In case you’ve been living under a ginormous rock without your smart devices, let me tell you that Google Reader is going kaput, deadsies, zilched, finito, GOING-GOING-GONE on July 1st. When Google announced the demise of the simple, 1.0 style, yet much beloved RSS aggregator back in March, one could practically hear the collective horrified screams from hundreds of thousands of frustrated bloggers the whole blogosphere over.
At that time, with just three months before the ultimate departure of the world’s most popular RSS reader, a big gaping hole was left for someone to step up to the game and into some very big shoes. Now we’re down to about two weeks left, and the clock is ticking.
So how do you save your Google Reader RSS feeds or stay subscribed to your favorite blogs without losing the organization you’ve so meticulously curated in Reader? No worries! We have options. TWO.
How to Keep Your Favorite Google RSS Feeds After Google Reader Goes Kaput!
Right after the Big Announcement that Google was pulling a major dick move by pulling the plug on our favorite RSS reader, I took to, well, Google, to search for a suitable replacement. Of course, I considered migrating my favorite subscriptions–all several thousand something of them (yes, seriously) to Bloglovin’, the Fashion Blogger’s darling created by the darling of a Fashion Blogosphere Darling (AKA Matthias Swenson and Carolina Engman of Fashion Squad). But then I thought better of it. More on Bloglovin’ later!
Numerous tech blogs and reputable gadget and nerd sites actually recommended Feedly, which allows users to sign in via Google and import RSS feeds intact directly into Feedly. The integration into Feedly from Google Reader is actually seamless: All your folders and favorites and reader counts are exactly the same at the moment of import. It’s totally brill, and my pick for the most righteous alternative to what’s been the Golden Standard for years.
Feedly is available as a browser app for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, IOS, Android. As long as you sign in before Google Reader dies on July 1st, 2013, you can migrate to Feedly with the simple press of a button.
Press the “Import Your Google Reader” button when you install the app in your browser, then sign into your Google Account and authorize Feedly’s migration app.
That’s it! That’s all you have to do! BOOM!
When the Google Reader melt-down date comes, you will experience a reset of your RSS Feed counts as Feedly’s self-sustained synching technology detaches from Reader. After that, your RSS feeds will still be in the happy, organized place you had them, if only with read counts a little off.
For the most part, Feedly functions a lot like Reader, except faster, and with Social Sharing to our favorite platforms like Facebook, Twitter, Google+, Linked In, etc. It even kind of looks like Reader on the home screen, but with a sleeker, faster interface.
Here are more details on how to keep all your favorite Google Reader RSS subscriptions with Feedly:
Don’t forget to subscribe to your favorite weirdo Fashion/Hawaii Life Blogger! Click the “+ Add Content” button on the left sidebar, and type in my blog name “thereafterish.,” and you’ll be able to subscribe when my blog pops up in the search results.
Feedly is [obviously] my new reader of choice.
But then, of course, there’s Bloglovin’–choice of Fashion Bloggers the world and blogosphere over–which also offers an option to import your Google Reader subscriptions.
I also performed this function just to see if Bloglovin’ could live up to Feedly’s functionality and easy to navitage interface. The integration was easy enough, however, and worked fine. My RSS folders were there, surprisingly, but the read/unread counts were off.
The home feed displays the summary view/truncated view of a blog post along with a small thumbnail from the post.
What I don’t like, is that it’s ONLY the summary view. When you click on the title of the post, it immediately takes you to the site without expanding to the full post within Bloglovin’ the way Google Reader and Feedly do. I mean, it’s not a BAD thing–most bloggers will want the conversion and click over anyway. But that’s not the whole point of an RSS reader. You want to read the whole thing before you go over to the site to comment, right? You want everything in one place without having to navigate to multiple sites. (I.e., the whole concept behind an RSS aggregator.)
So that’s my gripe with Bloglovin’. I won’t be using it regularly, but I do still like it for keeping my very favorite fashion blogs in one place, and I’ll be using Feedly for everything and anything all together, including fashion feeds.
To perform the migration, click here: http://www.bloglovin.com/import/reader.
For more information on how to integrate to Bloglovin’ from Google Reader, read IFB’s article: “How to Move Your Google RSS Feed to Bloglovin’.”
Don’t forget to Subscribe to thereafterish. on Bloglovin’, if you decide to go with it…
So, yes! You can save your Google Reader Feed with Feedly or Bloglovin’. There are other options out there, but these two are the best ones I’ve found so far, and I don’t intend to do more looking. Whatever your choice, it all comes down to preference.
Let me know if you found this helpful! And if so, don’t forget to share this post to all those super good sharing tools (below) so your friends can help figure out what to do before July 1st!
Good luck, lovey!!
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