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No More Google Reader: Now what?

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imagesYou’ve probably heard by now that Google Reader will be no longer as of July 1, of this year. For many of us who have used this blog reader and RSS service to track news, websites, bloggers and other sources of information we want to scan and read quickly, Google Reader has been great – easy to set up and easy to use.  Damn.

According to Gigaom the reason Google abandoned this service was “self defense.” Apparently they don’t want to stick with “niche” products like this one.

So, now what?

There are lots of sources and stories on just that -including these suggestions from CNET and Social Media Today. I happened to choose Feedly and was happy to find it easy to use. It lets you easily sync your Google reader account, transferring what you’ve set up there in seconds. It’s easy to navigate and has kind of cool visuals.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not here to promote any particular platform. But when it comes to Feedly, apparently I’m not alone. According to this Mashable piece, 500,000 people have already signed up.

So if you need to make the leap (probably sooner rather than later because July will be here soon,) I’d say give it a whirl. I haven’t given up on RSS yet. And Feedly fits the bill.


About Liza Pike

I'm the founder of New Media Mentors, a hands on learning program to help non profits use social media and online organizing tools effectively.