Google Reader – Officially Being Killed Off By Google

GoogleReader

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!

Support Details

SupportDetails

Ever wondered all the little details of your online persona, well this site gives it to you. A nifty site that presents all the little details of the machine your working on, you can export it as a CSV or PDF and use it as you see fit. It also tells you how much information websites can figure out from you just venturing on to them.

Link: SupportDetails

Google Shrinkage – Semi-Fix

GoogleReaderShrinkageFix

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

GoogleReader Shrinkage

GoogleReaderShrink

I use Google Reader to read most of the articles on websites and only comment if I want to, but most of the time I don’t even go to the website. That made things a lot easier and I was able to read a lot more with Google Reader but as of the last few months a few main websites have really changed the way they are presented on Google Reader:

Some of the Bigger Ones:

  • Gizmodo
  • io9
  • Kotaku
  • Valleywag

Now these websites only show picture and some information about the post, a small clip of the full post, but not the whole thing. This has become really annoying and a loss for them because I don’t get to read a lot of the posts as I used to, sometimes something interests me from all the pictures and information but I don’t even see that anymore. If I find something really interesting about the title then I open the post, but sometimes products, reviews, or news might be missed because you never know what else might be there. I don’t even know how to control your content on RSS feeds, if pictures show or not or the whole post or small clip, but this is annoying. You could change your view in GoogleReader from Expanded to List view, but even in Expanded view you only see a small clip.