Thursday, March 14, 2013

An ode to Google Reader

So today Google announced that as of July 1st, they're killing off Google Reader. I find this both incredibly perplexing and more than a little bit irritating, and I pretty much have my GReader open 24/7.

At least half of my Twitter feed is "...But WHY???" and "Does anyone have any alternatives?!". (The other half, obviously, is "OMG VERONICA MARS MOVIE KICKSTARTER!!!!!!!!!!!!!11!!!")

Based on the alternatives that were offered, I've signed up for Bloglovin', even though I strongly object to a letter being replaced by an apostrophe. We'll see how it goes. If nothing else, I should probably take it as a sign to remove the feeds to all the blogs that haven't been updated in two and a half years...

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Are you guys freaking out about this whole no more GReader thing? Or is it just me and Twitter??

K xx

34 comments:

  1. Since I don't use a reader, I'm not freaking out - but I think this is incredibly stupid of google.

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    1. It really is. It seems like they're trying to force everyone to use Google Plus. But EW. NO.

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  2. I'm totally freaking out. The only reason I can read so many sites a day is because of my GR. How will I survive?! (Also, I'm REALLY excited about the VM movie!!!!)

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    1. I've been using Feedly since the news broke, and I'm still pining for my beloved GReader. *cries*

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  3. I saw one article commenting that it was ironic about the outcry on Twitter, since Twitter is what is "killing" RSS. Um, no. Much as I love it, Twitter is NOT a substitute for a reader.

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    1. Oh God, no. Not even remotely. Sure, I may get most of my news updates through newspapers posting links to their articles on Twitter. But blog stuff? NOPE. Always through the reader.

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  4. Apparently people aren't using it. And apparently RSS isn't a big deal. I mean, like, in the world of people who don't live in the internet.

    But me?

    I can't even deal with it. I don't know what to do.

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  5. I'm not sure what I'm going to do about it. I'm thinking of trying Google Currents...I'm not a huge fan of BlogLovin'
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-19512_7-57574201-233/google-reader-is-dying-but-we-have-five-worthy-alternatives/

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    1. Yeah, I used Bloglovin' for all of five minutes and despised it. I'm using Feedly now. It's no GReader, but it's not bad!

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  6. I'm not freaking out, but you already know I'm none too pleased about having to change everything. Granted, you also know that I synced into Feeder, too.

    I'm not sure why GReader is suddenly being retired; I thought it was one of the most used parts of their website outside of GMail and the search. I would've thought Google+ would've been retired first, to be quite honest.

    And I still hate BlogLovin' for sounding like something that Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta created. Guh.

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    1. YES. It definitely sounds like something that belongs in an updated version of Grease. In which John Travolta would play the coach and Olivia Newton-John would play the principal.

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  7. I find it odd that they say 'but nobody uses RSS'! Judging the comments/outcry, that's just not correct.

    Sigh. I don't know what I'll do. I'm kind of lazy, and loved that Google just sorted that sh!t out for me.

    I absolutely loathe Google+, and resent that they've essentially migrated Picasa into it. I assume that's what they are planning for GReader too.

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    1. Ewwwwwwwwwwwww. And it's not even remotely correct. Stupid Google...

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  8. This decision by Google is absolutely bewildering! I don't even know how I'm meant to keep up with all my blogs after the first of July. Hopefully by then people will have developed alternatives.

    For now, I'm just stunned and confused. Google+ isn't any sort of alternative to a proper feed reader!

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    1. I KNOW. Considering GReader apparently basically just sits there and runs itself, it's a completely baffling decision. SIGH.

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  9. Yikes! I didn't know this until now, and now that I know, I'm ready to freak out too! What a stupid call by Google! Now we all have to start thinking about alternatives, coz we don't have enough going on in our lives without Google coming to spoil the party! (insert angry face)

    Off the topic, but I've nominated you for a Liebster Award. Details are on my blog, hope you like chain letters :)
    http://le-bonvivant.blogspot.com.au

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    1. Oh man, I feel terrible for only just seeing this! Thank you!! :)

      And yes - insert all the angry faces.

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  10. It makes my heart so sad. I suppose I shall have to play with the alternatives to decide which one I like best, but man...Google, why you be so dumb?

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  11. I've been using Bloglovin for ages and it's great! So I'm not really too bothered!

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    1. I tried Bloglovin' but hated the partial feed aspect of it. Maybe I just couldn't work it out, but having to click through on every single item just seemed to defy the logic in having a reader!

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  12. I might be in the fetal position rocking back and forth pulling out my hair...

    and I'm on Bloglovin too. However, if you hear of any other alternatives let me know.

    UGH GOOGLE

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    1. I've found Feedly's not completely terrible. I mean, it's no GReader. But it's better than Bloglovin...

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  13. I was pretty surprised too! I too have reader open at work all the time...it's easier and less conspicuous. Not sure what I'll be doing...will check out Bloglovin' but unsure if that will work at work...

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    1. Right?! So much better than opening and closing fifteen different things all day. Feedly (I'm starting to feel like an advertisement for them now!) is a browser extension, so might be a better alternative for work??

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  14. Hey, I have been following your blog for ages. Never felt compelled to comment since I was always happy reading it on my Google Reader.
    Like you, I have my reader open almost all the time and I am going to miss it dearly!! I checked out a few alternatives and someone suggested Flipboard.

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    1. Seriously, I'm still completely baffled about why they'd do this, and it's been WEEKS.

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  15. Someone told me Feedly. Supposedly you can export your follows (not sure about friend connect follows) and then import it into Feedly. We'll see.

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    1. Feedly seems to be working pretty well so far. I should really go into GReader before they close it down and make a list of all my subscriptions so I can reconstruct it if things suddenly disappear after it closes for good... O.o

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  16. As I don't use a reader I'm not going bonkers over this but people on my Twitter were freaking out about this. I was just freaking out over the Veronica Mars movie.

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    1. Haha, I never watched Veronica Mars, so I wasn't freaking out over that one. Maybe I should borrow it on DVD so that I'm caught up when the movie finally comes out!

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  17. I don't use the reader, but it sucks for you guys who do. Pah! I didn't hear anything about GFC being retired, though. Will it be? If so, I'll probably switch to Bloglovin' too, then.

    xox

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    1. There hasn't been any word about GFC, which is one of the incredibly irritating things about the totally half arsed announcement Google made. NO ONE KNOWS WHAT'S HAPPENING...

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