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RIP Google Reader 2005-2013

After eight years Google Reader comes to an end.

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On Monday 1st July 2013 Google is ending Google Reader its service platform that collected news and information. If you have been using Google Reader, now is the time to collect your data and move on, using something like Google Takeout “ a tool that lets you quickly and easily download data that you created in (or imported into) a number of Google products. It provides the data in a variety of open; portable formats so that you can easily import it into other internet services.”
I have to admit that I am one of those who have left things to the very last minute. So what are the alternatives? Have a look through the list below for some ideas. I don’t think there is a quick fix; we are all going to have to try them out, and see how they work for us. Good luck and get organised!

1. Feedly
Feedly is a very popular alternative at the moment. It is also available on iPad, iPhone, Android Phone and Android Tablet.
2. Newsblur
NewsBlur is a personal news reader which pushes stories directly to you, so you can read news as it comes in. It can also be used on the web, iPad, iPhone, and Android.
3. Pulse
Pulse is an RSS Reader and it also is ready to welcome you and import your feeds from Google Reader. With Pulse you can read, save & share your favorite stories.
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4. The Old Reader
The Old Reader, calls itself the ultimate social RSS reader. “It allows you to browse your daily dose of content with that very special bit shared by your friends, with notes and comments. Your new The Old Reader account is shipped empty, so the first thing you should do is add some feeds to read. If you are migrating from Google Reader or any other RSS software that can export subscriptions to OPML file, you can use the ‘Import’ feature to add all your feeds. We will even migrate all your feed folders to ensure that you feel yourself at home immediately.”
5. Digg Reader (sign in with Google)
Today is the day that Digg is available to everyone. “For our first public release, in time to (just) beat the shutdown of Google Reader, our aim has been to nail the basics: a web and mobile reading experience that is clean, simple, functional, and fast. We’re also introducing a tool that allows users to elevate the most important stories to the top. And so next week we will begin rolling out Digg Reader, version 1.”
6. Flipboard
Flipboard is visually attractive and works well on the iPad. It is best described as a “ personal magazine, filled with the things you care about. Catch up on the news, discover amazing things from around the world, or stay connected to the people closest to you–all in one place.”

Mrs H.

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Paper Is Not Dead – and perhaps never will be!


A very amusing take on the fact that the paperless world is not yet here, despite all the advantages of technology.