Feedly – Taking To The Next Level – Bye Google Reader

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For those still using Google Reader the cut off date is within a few weeks, Google will be pulling the plug. And Feedly has really stepped up, not just as an RSS Feeder but to do it even better then how Google did it. They are replacing what Google does for RSS Feeds, and they have created an open API so RSS Readers can connect to the Feedly cloud.

The Partners:

  • Reeder
  • Press
  • Nextgen Reader
  • Newsify
  • gReader

Feedly is fast, and thats what I love about it, and they plan to make it even faster based on their recent expansions. They added more servers to make it even smoother, support for Windows 8 and Windows Phone, and other developments. The best part of the development is their ecosystem, there are a lot excellent Apps out there, but right now I’m loving the Feedly app on Android and online. But you can still use the Apps above to work with Feedly, and I think thats fantastic on their part. I have been on the Feedly forums and they have been intensely listening to users and adding features as fast as possible. If anything, Google Reader showed us that sometimes, someone besides Google does it better.

Switching To Feedly From Google Reader

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The signs are always there with Google, whenever the links to a product slowly start dropping from the main page you know that they aren’t a fan of it or giving it that much importance. Google Wave went because it didn’t work as a product, Google Buzz ruffled too many feathers even though I liked it, and then Google Reader was suddenly coming to an end. July 1st is the cut off date for Google Reader, I know these days a lot of people aren’t reading blogs as much but we still visit a lot of websites and my online dependency was on Google Reader to keep things organized. The announcement honestly shocked me so looking for an alternative was a scary idea, I got so comfortable with Google Reader I didn’t know if I would find an alternative. After doing a little research I went with Feedly and I’m very happy I did.

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I tried Feedly a few years back and Google Reader at the time was more comprehensive and useful as an RSS Reader, but within those years they stopped the development of Google Reader, and Feedly is miles ahead. The integration is seamless, a very smooth and clean interface and I honestly like looking at it. It works on both Android & iOS, and its web based which is very simple, and moving onto there is extremely simple, just sign in.

What I Love About:

  • Its Fast, really loads fast
  • Multiple Layout Options, so you can see it anyway you want
  • You can mark things read in different ways which works great
  • Integrated with Twitter, Tumbler, Pinterest, and most major social networking sites
  • Works on desktop, iOS, & Android

Link: Feedly

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Google Reader – Officially Being Killed Off By Google

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I know that Google tends to shut down services that aren’t used by people much, but Google Reader! Seriously, I live off of that, and so many apps depend on that, we have until July 1st to use Google Take Out and import our RSS Feeds to other RSS Readers. But at least there are options, cloud based would help if you tend to use your RSS Reader from multiple locations like myself, and Desktop based if only from one or two machines, but then comes the problem of syncing for Desktop Feeders, they are still all linked to Google Reader, so how will they sync between each other. I know the desktop based solutions below sync with Google Reader, I’m not sure how they will sync across from each other.

Your options:

  • CLOUD BASED
  • Feedly
  • NetVibes
  • NewsBlur
  • DESKTOP BASED
  • Android – GReader – The Best For Android
  • Mac – Reeder – Very Clean
  • Winwdows 8 & Windows 8 Phone – NextGen Reader – The Best for that Platform

No matter what other options there are I can’t believe they are doing this, it’s such a good and simple product, to me I depend on it to get through all my feeds and keep tabs on all the websites I follow and there are a lot and to sync between all my feeds is going to be very annoying.

I remember when they cancelled Google Buzz, fine I can understand that, and that collaboration tool that people didn’t know how to use. But Google Reader! Come on Google, just give us this one and let us keep it. Any thoughts people on this? How dependent are you on Google Reader, I know a lot of people don’t read blogs or certain websites as much as they used to but I didn’t think they stopped using Google Reader! Opinions people!

G Reader – What Has Happened!

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Google Reader is my favorite RSS Agregator out there, my source of information, an organization to all the chaos that faces me on the interweb and now they ravaged it, Google what have you done. I feel like it has been stripped of its powers now longer in control of itself, an autonomous portal on the web. They wanted to streamline their products and at the same time killed off one of its best features, sharing with your friends. There are some people that I always share with on GReader that I don’t socialize with them online, always showing interesting topics that I might not have seen. I’m a fan of Google Plus but doesn’t mean everything has to be shared through, make it an option, not mandatory!

What I Dislike Severly About it:

  • No More Friend Shares
  • The Monochrome Colors On The Left, I Want My Colors Back
  • Feels like its flat

Google Reader Pile Up

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Taking some time off the internet has left my Google Reader pile up to a readiculous number. I think at this point it has easily gone northwards of 7000 articles to catch up with. Some article I skim through and some I actually read, and I really don’t like hitting the “Mark as Read” button so I end up taking the time to go through them or at least scroll through them. At this rate I think it will take me two to three weeks to catch up with all the articles and its a hell of a lot. I really wish Google Reader had a more descriptive tag then “1000+” so that I know I really am making a dent in some of these feeds, for some sense of online accomplishment. I’m just going to have to keep pushing through until I get under 1000.

Images Back on GoogleReader

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For a while now I have had people email me about pictures not showing up in their feeds, one of them being Google Reader. I just wasn’t sure how I did that, I know its a been while since its been that way. After searching around it seems that I set httaccess restrictions on the folders, but I wasn’t sure where I did that or how, but I recollect that I did. Httaccess is a way to limit people from abusing images hosted on your server, meaning that people can’t hotlink to it or use it on their website while its hosted on yours. I kept going through the wordpress controls and couldn’t figure out where it was, then I contacted Dreamhost support to ask them how come images are blocked from external companies but turns out that there is a control from within Dreamhost’s cpanel that you can do that, to restrict access to a specific directory. I checked within the options, and it seems that I set restrictions to the images folder on my ZDistrict, meaning no external program or website can access the pictures, unless directly on the url, so any feed service can’t pull any of the images. So I have disabled httaccess of all kinds, and tested it out, you can now see full feeds in any rss reader including Google Reader. Now to solve the damn comments problem, which I have no clue where to start!

Google Shrinkage – Semi-Fix

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There is a hero among us, the world is coming back to normal with full posts on Google Reader. On my last Google Shrinkage Post I was getting annoyed that most of my usual feeds were shrunk down to small summaries and a small pictures. Then from one of the of readers left a comment which solved most of the problems, these were for sites run by Gawker media and they have an alternate feed to see the full posts in your RSS Feeds and everything is back to normal.

Yousef

Hey man, as soon as they started doing this some of the blogs posted “VIP” feed URLs. Just remove the current feed and add these feed URLs for each one and you can see the whole thing:

Kotaku:
http://kotaku.com/vip.xml

Gizmodo:
http://gizmodo.com/vip.xml

Basically any of the gawker feeds if you put the site then /vip.xml you’ll get the full feed.

Hope it helps!

This Worked For:

  • Gizmodo
  • io9
  • Kotaku
  • LifeHacker

Thanks Yousef

Blogs I Enjoy for 2010

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This some of the blogs that I have been recently enjoying, lots of blogs pop up that I don’t have a clue about and that I stumble upon from other blogs and clicking a few names. I took a few of them and tried to categorize them into three different categories, and still there a few that I miss out on but I’m always looking.

Technology

  • Anything Goes– Technical, Practical, lots of great info for anyone in technology
  • BlogAllAlong – Technical outlook, quick fixes, modifications, a fantastic technical blog

Unique

  • YearOfTheTeddy– Amazing photography and social blogging
  • BrakeBanzeen– My feed for real car info, and even gets it before the major blogs
  • Bu-Yousif – Fantastic Photoblog and storyline to follow it!
  • re:kuwait – Unique Architectural Outlook
  • NegativEffect – A unique and talented Kuwait PhotoBlog

Fun

  • 4thRing– Lots of Laughs, and good info!
  • Codename: Q Valley – Unique blog with fun interviews
  • Ansam518 – Good Food :D
  • Storm In A Tea Cup – Video Games, Anime, Books!
  • UpTillOne – Trying things out and posting it, always good to learn from other’s experience, lots of good info, I purchased the Google Nexus One after they posted about it
  • CouchAvenue– Obsessed with Mac!
  • BuzBerry – Lots of great reviews, and they develop their own Apple Application!
  • TouchOfMeh– Three guys with different tastes and some very useful facts
  • SomeContrast– I always checked out a few places in Kuwait after they post reviews

RSS Pile Up


If I don’t read my feeds at least every two days then this is what happens. With 1000+ posts to go through, about 600 are some that I skim through for motorcycle and gaming news, but then there are the ones that I really do read through them. It takes time but its pretty entertaining to say the least, who doesn’t enjoy going through their RSS feeds.