This is my 6th consecutive day of blogging! It’s been a while since I’ve done that but I’ve had so many interesting posts backed up in my Evernote Blogging notebook that I may be able to do this for quite a while. So without further ado, here is today’s posting:
Most of the tech world already knows about the demise of Google Reader. On July 1st Google will be shutting down reader, a program that I have used since 2005. That’s even before I started using Facebook.
Google Reader has been a long time friend of mine. I checked it first thing in the morning, then around lunch and finally before retiring to bed. The most interesting content I found always made it to my twitter account. Basically, Google Reader is behind the success of my twitter account and has provided valuable content for anyone who follows me.
Initially I was sad to see a longtime friend being put out to pasture. It’s just another reminder of how old I am and that change is inevitable. It’s been a month now since Google announced they were shutting down Reader and not only have I come to terms with it I even found another Reader program that I have already made the transition to. More about that later…
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About Google Reader
Google Reader is a content application and platform provided by Google that is an aggregator of content served by web feeds. It was created in early 2005 by Google engineer Chris Wetherell and launched on October 7, 2005, through Google Labs. Google Reader grew in popularity to support a number of apps which use it as a platform for serving news and information to people. On March 13, 2013, Google announced that Google Reader will be closed on July 1, 2013, due to declining usage. – Wikipedia
With the help of a reader program I probably follow 300+ blogs and can sift through all their content in a matter of minutes, that’s as long as I stay on top of it everyday. It’s the best way I know of to keep on top of the ever changing Social Media and Tech industry. I also now use it to learn other industries fairly quickly. It’s a tool I would recommend everyone learn to use.
The Early Internet
Google Reader was how early blogs distributed their content before the rise of Facebook and Twitter. Readers would subscribe to your blogs RSS feed if they liked your content. Once subscribed, every time a blog published new content your reader would fetch it and display it for you to read. All the content from every blog you were following would be displayed in one place.
Before reader the only way to follow a blog was to subscribe for email updates, become a part of a sites listserv (if it had one) or just visit the site regularly which was not that practical.
Feedly, my Replacement for Google Reader
On March 13th, Google announced they would be retiring Google Reader. On March 15th, Feedly reported more than 0.5 million Google Reader users had joined Feedly over 48 hours. I was one of them!
Not only did I find the web version an amazing alternative to reader but I have watched as Feedly feverishly worked to make upgrade after upgrade in an attempt to keep as many of these new users as possible. I even reported to them over twitter that I was getting an over capacity error for Feedly on my iPad and they responded to me within minutes asking for the error code. They are really on top of what they are doing!
So I haven’t missed a beat when it comes to keeping up with my favorite blogs and Feedly is an amazing upgrade over Google Reader. You can find Feedly here…