So if you are an avid blog-reader like me, you might be using Google Reader to keep track of all your subscriptions and sync between reading on your smartphone and reading on the computer.
But Google have announced that from July 1 2013 they’re switching off Google Reader. No idea why – it’s a useful product that actually works. Perhaps so that they have the cash to float wifi balloons above developing nations? (Not that I’ve anything against that, good work Google.)
I love reading blogs via RSS. It’s like a mini personalised feed of awesome delivered straight to my phone or computer, and I’m not a fan of cluttering up my Facebook – which is reserved for updates friends and family only – with blog posts. There’re already too many ads on there distracting me as it is. Google claimed that not many people use RSS any more – I beg to differ.
So I’ve been trialling out Feedly because apparently that’s a worthwhile replacement for the ol’ G-reader. But I don’t really like it. I’ve been using FeeddlerRSS on my iPhone to read blogs for ages, and perhaps I don’t like change. Feedly seems too picture heavy, too flashy with all its transitions and flicky gestures.
Anyway – I put the call out to anyone who has opinions in this area – what should I do? Have you tried an alternative that you really like? Particularly for mobile RSS on the go – I’m not so fussed about the computer. Is Feedly really the ‘best of the rest’?