Google Reader is a Dead RSS Walking

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Renegade Knight

Another reader user. I wanted something cloud based and which worked on Android Reader fit the bill. Outlook was kludgy and Thunderbird not any better.

Too bad they are killing it. It's one less Google thing I'll be using.

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Renegade Knight

Another reader user. I wanted something cloud based and which worked on Android Reader fit the bill. Outlook was kludgy and Thunderbird not any better.

Too bad they are killing it. It's one less Google thing I'll be using.

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ShinRenNu

Tried all the possible alternative for Google Reader. Best I'm using right now is The Old Reader.

I don't like readers that focus more on images like feedley, netvibes and so on. It just lags, and also newsblur.

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blackcat77

I got so mad about them discontinuing Reader that I closed my G+ account. Now the only Google products I use are Latitude and GMail.

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savage4naves

Goodnoows and Feedly are great alternatives.

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KingKannibal

I used to use Outlook but now I'm on Thunderbird for my RSS needs.

Never used Google Reader before. Did it display the full HTML of the feed? or just the text?

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stradric

Well considering that #Reader was trending more than #Pope on G+, I'm betting there are a lot of people going to miss Google Reader. I'm one of them.

So far Feedly gets my attention as the replacement. It actually syncs with Google Reader, but they're apparently already working on cutting ties for the July 1 date.

This seems like a silly move on Google's part. How do they expect to sell people on "the cloud" and their cloud-based Chrome OS when they pull shit like this?

This seems to be a rough month for the cloud with the 2 most prominent arguments in opposition to the cloud being displayed. First, with the server instability of SimCity and now with the killing off of a favorite app with Reader.

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AntiJohnny

This makes me mad. Google reader is my primary way of tracking different sites. I personally have no use for twitter and other social media. These sites don't fit my needs.
I have lost a lot of confidence in google products with this move. As someone else mentioned, why would i choose their next product over someone else's?

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Danthrax66

Try using Feedly looks like a decent replacement.

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majorsuave

99% of the time when I visit Maximumpc.com it's from the MPC RSS feed I subscribed to with Google Reader.

Now.... you have to find me an alternate client that will sync as easily my read and unread feeds across Android and Chrome

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Danthrax66

Use Feedly it syncs with your current reader account and then they are transitioning over to their own backend when Reader dies.

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bloodgain

Like others below, I use Reader to keep track of updates on my favorite news sites, comics, etc, including MaximumPC.com. I don't have a job where I can sit and surf MaxPC all day (boy, was that cushy), and it was nice to know I could go back to see what tech news I missed no matter how long I was away -- or even star an article for later!

I guess I'll find a replacement, but it has to be web-based and accessible from my office's web proxy. It would be nice if it had an Android app, too. *sigh* I would rather not be logged in to yet ONE MORE SITE all the time.

What I don't get is this: is the RSS specification not stable by now? Was Reader really taking that much work to maintain? Google is starting to look like a company you don't want to rely on for services. If they're going to abandon a service long before the tech behind it (i.e. RSS) is dead, why should I trust their next product over a competitors?

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lvavila

www.tuaw.com/2013/03/14/alternatives-to-google-reader-for-os-x-and-ios-users/

I'm leadning towards Feed Wrangler but I'm waiting to see what "Reeder" does as the above article says they are not going away even though they work only with GoogleReader 100%.

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Jaryth000

I'm with the "Google Reader is how I follow MaxmimumPC" crowd, so I too am sad to see it go.

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basketcase87

I read this on Google Reader so yeah, looks like I'm going to need to find a replacement. Anyone have suggestions?

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cigar3tte

I'm going to start getting used to Feedly's interface.

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chiroho

I use Google Reader as my primary source for consuming news from a number of different sources - Maximum PC, PC Gamer, Tested, Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Penny Arcade, plus a bunch of other sites. I'll definitely have to try and find a replacement, and I'll miss it a lot.

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Corfy

I'm going to miss Reader. I use it to keep track of most of my news (a small amount of news comes through Twitter, but not very much). But I have 144 RSS subscriptions in Google Reader (including Maximum PC, which is how I found this article).

I'm evaluating my options on what to do next. I'd use a desktop installed program if I could find one that would share feeds across multiple computers (I don't want to read the same news over and over again). Unfortunately, that seems unlikely. But I haven't decided if I'm going with another third-party web-based reader, or if I'm going to host my own reader on my personal website (I've seen a number of programs that will let me do that).

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Corfy

I'm playing around with RSSOwl, which is a FOSS program that installs on your computer (Windows, Mac and/or Linux). I discovered that it does have the ability to move the profile information, allowing me to share the feed information (not just what I'm subscribed to, but also what I've already read) among multiple computers as long as I can find a shared location (which, fortunately, I can... at least for the two computers I use most). Early results seem promising.

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daveg

Well, it is how I follow maximumpc.com ... So, yeah.

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Brent W. Wilkins

Reader is by far my most used Google product, next to GMail. I have it always open and I read my feeds all of the time.

This is really going to suck.

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legend-nyc

I will miss FeedDemon more.

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This is a hard post for me to write.

I've used FeedDemon every day since I created it back in 2003 - it's part of my daily workflow, the first thing I turn to after pouring myself a cup of coffee in the morning.

I've thoroughly enjoyed working on it and I'm grateful for all of the people who paid for it over the years despite free alternatives.

But it's time for FeedDemon to die.

If you're an avid FeedDemon user, you probably know that I've struggled to keep it updated. FeedDemon stopped "paying the bills" a while ago, so I took a full-time job elsewhere and haven't been able to give FeedDemon the attention it deserves.

Then today came the news that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. FeedDemon relies on Google Reader for synchronization, and there's no decent alternative (and even if there were, it's doubtful I'd have time to integrate with it, at least not without trading time away from my family - which I won't do).

That was the nail in the coffin for me. I hate to say goodbye to FeedDemon after a decade of working on it, but it's time to say goodbye. When Google Reader shuts down on July 1, FeedDemon will also disappear.

If you're using FeedDemon without Google Reader synchronization, it will continue to work beyond July 1. You can keep using it to read your feeds for years to come. If you're synching FeedDemon with Google Reader, you can disable synching by selecting Tools > Options > Synchronization Options, then switching to the "Accounts" tab and removing your Google account.

I'm truly sad to see FeedDemon go - it's been so much fun working on it, using it, and engaging with other people that use it. For those of you that rely on FeedDemon, thank you for supporting it for so long, and my apologies for not being able to keep it going.

- Nick Bradbury

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