When I read the news that Google will be shutting down Google Reader, my heart sank. Having no Google Reader seriously cripples my work for SQPN. Reader is how I start my working day: I make sure to track all the news that may be of interest to our listeners. I use it to prepare for Once Upon a Time, and I use it to populate the Facebook and Twitter feeds I manage for SQPN. The list is endless. So, what to do now?
I am not the only one who is affected by this; most people I know use Google Reader as an online feedreader. So I knew it wouldn’t take long before my friends would figure something out. According to a survey by Lifehacker, Feedly is the most popular alternative to Reader. So I tried it out, and I love it already.
You can find Feedly as a web site, but they also have apps for iOS (both iPhone and iPad), Android and Kindle. In your preferences, you can change how your feeds are presented to you. If you import from Google Reader, that will be your default skin, but you can also change it to a magazine look. I love it!
The team behind Feedly claim they ‘have been expecting for some time’ that Google would shut down Reader and built a tool that makes the transition from Google Reader to Feedly seamless. I just logged in with my Google Apps account, and it imported everything. It was as simple as that. Try it, too!