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June 09, 2013

Bye-Bye Google Reader!


Hiya everyone! I'm sure that by now most of you heard the news that Google Reader will no longer be available starting July 1st!  If you’re like me you may still rely on RSS feeds to organize your favorite blogs.  Lucky for us there are several alternatives out there to help us during this transition. Although setting up a new feed can be a pain, Google has created an easy way to transfer the Reader data.  They suggest using Google Takeout to export xml files that should have subscription information from Google Reader. However, some of the alternative platforms have their own special buttons or directions on how to import the data, so follow their instructions.

Here is a quick list of some of the best alternatives to Google Reader:

1. Feedly is a Google Chrome app that is also available on mobile devices. The service is free and also has instructions on how to transfer data from Google Reader.  At this time, I’ve decided to go with Feedly for now.  It’s pretty easy to use and the data was transferred effortlessly.
2. Netvibes is a service has been around for about as long as Google Reader. Its basic service is free, and users can pay more for features like analytics, alerts and sentiment.
3. Newsblur is a straightforward RSS reader that has an easy button to add RSS feeds or to import data from Google Reader.
4. Bloglovin' is also great alternative to read your daily blogs and there is a button to import your entire Google Reader feeds
5. The Old Reader is a perfect look-a-like replacement for Google Reader.  I haven’t checked it out yet, but it seems like a great alternative.

Have you already made the change to a new platform?  If so, which platform are you using?  Let me know in the comments.  Whatever platform you decide to use, I hope that you will continue to follow Moody Girl In Style. 


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