Google Reader is going bye-bye. I almost thought it was a hoax when I first heard the news. To say that I rely on Google Reader is an understatement. With over a thousand blogs on my reader, it's a necessity.
Fortunately, Google is giving us until July to find a replacement.
Here are some alternatives for you to consider.
Feedly is a popular reader and is free. It can be loaded as an app or an extension to your browser.
Flipboard is an app for your tablets and phones. Free for iPad, iPhone, Android, Nook, and Kindle Fire.
Feed Demon is an RSS reader for Windows. It allows you to tag, use keywords, and alerts you to the keywords you've programmed into it.
RSS Owl is another reader that can be synchronized from Google Reader. To me, it looks too much like Outlook. I already get some blog feeds through Outlook so I'm not sure this is the one for me.
Feed Booster is a web-based feed reader. Unlike the others listed here, it could've done a better job presenting what it offered. Probably not for me.
NetVibes looks interesting. It seems to have an awful lot of options and is customizable. It's going on my list.
Pulse, another web-based reader. This looks easy to learn, so it's on my list to try.
The Old Reader is a bare-bones RSS feed that is supposed to be very much like the Google Reader we know and love. I will definitely try this out if only so I don't have to learn something new.
Subscribe by Email: Probably the most fool-proof of all the readers. You sign up and the post comes directly to your email. If you want to subscribe to my blog, the subscription tab is directly to your right.
No matter which route you decide to take, be sure to download all your Google data with Google Takeout. It archives all your information in one neat little package.
So, how do you read blogs? Do you click on them one at a time from your bookmarks, subscribe by email, or do you use a Reader? Will losing Google Reader affect you?
I am very upset at losing Google Reader. It's possible my blog reading will diminish if I don't find a suitable (and easy-to-learn) alternative.