Friday, March 15, 2013
How to organize it all
In case you haven't heard, Google Reader is going to shut down this summer. At first I was really upset - Google Reader has been a vital tool for me to stay on top of my online subscriptions and all the blogs I want to read. If Google Reader goes away, do I have to go back to having all of these blog posts arrive in my (already too full) email inbox?
We live in an information age. And most of the information has moved online. Instead of getting magazines in the mail, and then having them pile up next to my sofa waiting to be read, I receive blog posts into my Google Reader, piling up (sometimes) waiting for me to have time to read them.
So I was upset when I saw that my trusty standby, Google Reader, would soon be no more. I immediately went off to try and find a replacement - and there must have been many more people like me who were out checking the options, because all the recommended sites were knocked out by "heavy traffic" or "experiencing unusual slow-downs". Frustrating!
But now I'm testing out Feedly. The speed is still a problem, but their blog assures users they'll get that fixed soon. Other than the speed, I'm happy so far. The visual appeal of the site is much more than Google Reader, not that that ever really bothered me. I was able to transfer my subscriptions from Reader, and then easily sort them into new categories.
The presentation is appealing, and there are apps for mobile phones that seem really easy to use as well. So - at least after two days - I recommend Feedly for all the other Google Reader users, like me, who were taken aback by yesterday's announcement.