Saturday, March 16, 2013

RIP Google Reader- Need an Alternative?

I have to tell you that my poor, Google-loving, geeky-girl heart was more than a little crushed by Google's announcement regarding the end of Google Reader.

If you currently utilize Google Reader to follow all of these amazing classroom blogs, please make sure to take a few minutes to check out this quick tutorial on a great alternative service:

Feedly is a free RSS reader subscription service that is seeking to fill the impending void of Google Reader.

To make the transition seamless for current Google Reader users, Feedly has created a quick transition link system. To utilize this service, simply enter your Google Reader account information when prompted and Feedly will import all of your existing blogs. Conveniently, Feedly even maintains any organizational system that you may have applied within Google Reader. I am not going to lie, I spent more than an hour over spring break organizing all of my blog feeds into folders for easy reference- thus the REAL source for my Google Reader related heartbreak. I know, dorky, but super helpful. Now, if I want to see tips and tricks from my favorite tech bloggers, they're all in one folder. If I want to keep current on trends in the field of reading, I can just check my reading folder. Simple. 

So, never one to linger in heartache, I did some research and decided to give Feedly a chance. I have to tell you, this has taken a bit of adjustment for me. The user interface is much different than Google Reader, but truthfully, I feel like Feedly is much more aesthetically appealing. It just takes a bit of getting used to.

Even better, Feedly offers a bookmarklet for your browser so that you can access all of your updates quickly and easily. They also have a great mobile app feature to keep apprised of currently bloggy happenings on the go.

Be sure to check it out!

They have created a FAQ and tutorial for new Feedly users, if you're still unsure or want more information, check it out here.

Also, in your haste and excitement to set up your feeds, be sure to add the Technology Tailgate and my blog, Purely Paperless, for more tips on integrating technology into the primary classroom. (End shameless plug... )

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  1. Man, I was just getting used to Google Reader! I had not heard that they were going to suspend that service. I did transfer over my blogs and so far am getting used to Feedly. Thanks so much for the suggestion! :)


  2. Thank you, thank you!!have been trying to figure out what to do about Google Reader too. I think I was a little in denial since we have until November but I'm switching over to Feedly now:)

  3. Thank you! I was feeling lost about losing Google Reader.

  4. I've been researching this topic this week. I use feedly currently but don't love its search capabilities for my aggregate blog. Think I'm gonna try newsblur, but I won't give up feedly just yet ;)