It’s funny how in the same 12 months that I got into using RSS on a regular basis that Google have announced an end to Google Reader on 1 July 2013. Back when the Olympics were on I had been desperate to get hold of something that could display news in a newspaper/newsy like way and had been steered towards Feedly, which pulls your RSS subscriptions from Google Reader.
Despite the title – I’m sure that you can imagine how the initial news about the end of Google Reader drove me into a slight panic this morning as I wondered what the heck I was going to do. Would I be able to find an alternative to both Google Reader and Feedly, etc, etc…
Well, there was no need for my brief few seconds of panic. The Feedly devs had already been planning for the demise of Google Reader (according to Google, the service has been seeing less and less use and that’s why they’re shutting it down). And their preparations have led to the creation of the “Normandy“.
I like to think that maybe, just maybe, someone on the Feedly dev team is a huge Mass Effect fan and has named their solution after the Normandy ships that appear in the ME franchise. ‘Cause that would be kind of cool, “last hope for RSS/humankind etc…”
There are many reasons why I’ve stick with Feedly since last year’s Olympics, including:
- It’s cloud based
- Has versions for browsers plus iOS and Android devices
- The newspaper look
- Has a more traditional RSS feed view as well
- Some nice social media sharing integration
Regardless of where you end up getting your RSS needs serviced, closer to Google Reader’s demise or before you fully commit to a new service, I recommend backing up your subscriptions via the Google Takeout service, which is explained and linked to here.