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Finding a Google Reader Replacement

March 22nd, 2013 by Debbie's World of Books

I have to admit that as busy as things have gotten I haven’t been keeping up on my Google Reader so I was surprised when I logged in and saw it will be going away in July!  I panicked and had no clue what to switch to so I was happy to see one of the Bloggiesta mini-challenges was finding a replacement for it.  You can check out the post over on The Picky Girl in which she writes about the pros and cons of various options.

There were a few I dismissed immediately because they had to be installed on your computer which I didn’t like.  I also didn’t want anything to bare bones or technical so I finally settled on trying out Bloglovin.

My first impression was great as the first thing I got when logging in was the option to import my blogs from Google Reader.  Score!  It even kept my folders which was awesome.

One downside though was that the blogs I follow using Google Friend Connect were not migrated.  I suppose that could be a a good thing as I should probably go through and weed out some of the blogs since I follow almost 200 different blogs.  It would help me keep on top of the ones I really like and hopefully comment more.

What about you? Have you made the switch to something else yet?  Which is your favorite alternative?

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8 Responses

  1. jenn aka the picky girl

    Yea! I’m glad you like Bloglovin and that it was an easy switch.

    You’re the second person who mentioned GFC. I’m not on it, so I had no idea people read blogs from there. I hope you figure out which you need to add.

    I weeded mine out a bit earlier because I was just following way too many.

  2. Bookworm1858

    I’ve been using Feedly-I really like its look. This is also a great opportunity for me to weed out old blogs that are no longer updated since Google Reader hadn’t been allowing me to do that.

  3. Bibliotropic

    I haven’t figured out what I’m going to switch to yet. I thought for a while that I might subscribe via email, but that just means I’ll have hundreds of emails piling up in my inbox and that’s intimidating and annoying. I’m sure I’ll find something that will work out. Bloglovin doesn’t sound too bad, actually.

  4. Joe

    I signed up for The Old Reader, but its servers haven’t been up to the task lately (due to the mass migration) and I’m not totally thrilled with it. Bloglovin seems decent, so I will give it a try :) Its display isn’t optimal – I’d much rather see more items per page than see pictures and such as it displays, as I have lots of blogs I follow where I only read a few items out of dozens (NYT, for example). But it certainly seems better than most I’ve seen so far…

  5. Abigail @ The Story Factory Reading Zone

    I’ve signed up to Bloglovin’, but haven’t actually used it yet. I’ve been using the auto-arrange on Google Reader, but Bloglovin’ doesn’t seem to have a similar option?!

  6. Debbie's World of Books

    Bibliotropic-yeah, I’m horrible about reading the emails from the ones I do subscribe to. Can’t imagine subscribing to more.

    Abigail-I never used that feature in GR so not sure what it does. lol. So not sure if Bloglovin has it.

  7. Kerstin from FeedsAPI

    NIce review Debbie, I haven’t yet tried Bloglovin but Feedly and NewsBlur made it for us as far as we’re looking for online alternatives, on dektop and mobile, that’s something else. At http://Feedsapi.org (where I’m community manager) , we also extensively use the RSS to Email feature and combine all our feeds with those RSS reader, what makes it even more fun to read RSS as the ads, and clutter are cleaned out, you should check it out and drop me a note if you’d liek to give it a testrun

  8. Jenn

    I’ve tried Freely and Netvibes. I don’t like the magazine layout on Freely and no matter how many times I change my prefs to the list layout I keep seeing the magazine style across different devices. I do like Netvibes as it looks a lot like the old Reader although it seems buggy at times. In my dubious free time, I hope to try Bloglovin and The Old Reader.

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