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Google Reader: One Year Later 132

Posted by timothy
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Nate the greatest (2261802) writes "Just over a year has passed since Google closed Google Reader; have your reading habits changed? When Google announced in March 2013 that Google Reader would close, a number of pundits saw it as a sign of the imminent death of RSS feeds as redundant tech. But 15 months has gone by and I can't see that very much has changed. Former Google Reader users fled to any number of smaller competitors, including Feedly, which as a result quadrupled its userbase from around 4 million users to around 15 million users and 24,000 paying customers in February 2014. I can't speak for you but I am still getting my news from RSS feeds, just like I did before the Readerpocalypse. Zite might be gone and Pulse might belong to LinkedIn but RSS feeds are still around."
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Google Reader: One Year Later

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  • by guidryp (702488) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @07:27AM (#47387605)

    InoReader lets me do all the same things I did with Reader, with the added bonus of not providing Google more user data.

  • by QuasiSteve (2042606) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @07:49AM (#47387639)

    Google Reader was merely the most popular 'client' app - its disappearance wouldn't spell the doom of feeds (RSS/atom/whatever), and here's why: practically all the major publishing apps have RSS functionality built-in.
    Do you use Wordpress? You probably have an RSS feed whether you're aware of it or not.
    Using phpBB? You probably have an RSS feed.
    Started a subreddit? It comes with a bunch of feeds.

    Now try to get an RSS feed for, say, https://twitter.com/slashdot [twitter.com] .
    Or how about an RSS feed for https://www.facebook.com/slash... [facebook.com] ?

    facebook still offers an RSS for timelines, but you'll have to get it first as it's keyed.
    twitter doesn't offer an RSS at all, you'll just have to use the APIs (and you'll need to authenticate even if you only want public read access, so you'll have to register, too). And don't think about trying to offer an API-to-RSS bridge, Twitter doesn't take kindly to such awesomeness; http://tweet-2-rss.appspot.com... [appspot.com]

    These 'social media' platforms of course want you to stay inside their boundaries. If you want to know what @Whoever is up to, you'll just have to view twitter or, better yet, 'Follow' that user and make sure you've got yourself logged in on as many devices as possible preferably with the official twitter apps.

    So what happens when a company no longer regularly posts their news or blog posts via their regular content delivery, and instead takes to twitter / facebook? The feed dies out. Sure, it's still there, and maybe once in a blue moon some new content does pop up on there.. but for that same content and everything else you'd be interested in, you'll just have to check them out on facebook and/or twitter.

    It's only when companies start realizing this shift - and, again, they might not even be fully aware that they're offering a feed in the first place - that they might try shutting it down for fear of not reaching the right viewership (in the way they want, including the possibility of deleting a post that they later regret).

    At least feeds will remain as the premiere way to deliver podcasts (hacked on as they are) ... until some sort of social podcasting platform emerges as the de facto standard and requires you to use their website/proprietary apps.

  • Tiny Tiny RSS (Score:5, Interesting)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @07:58AM (#47387657) Homepage
    Switched to Tiny Tiny RSS [tt-rss.org]. Hosting it on a shared hosting (Dreamhost) which I was paying for anyway. It works great, and its nice having a solution that won't just disappear one day. Sure my web host could disappear, but I could always switch to another one.
  • ownCloud (Score:5, Interesting)

    by hgriggs (33207) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @08:57AM (#47387845) Homepage

    I made a smooth and easy transition from Google Reader to Feedly, and that worked well. It's a very efficient way of getting through my news and blogs. Then I discovered that ownCloud (http://owncloud.org) has a built in RSS feeder. I use ownCloud on my Linode to provide a Dropbox like environment, plus my own Calendar and Contacts for my iPhone and iPad, plus bookmarks. I am currently working on replacing Evernote with ownCloud.

    I already had a cloud installation with Linode, and I just added ownCloud to it. Then I started discovering all the extra stuff it can do. The RSS Feeder was a wonderful discovery. I lose the economy of scale that Feedly provides, but it works more closely to my mental model, and some of the formatting is nicer than Feedly. I've been using it for several months now, and totally love it. It's not for everyone, given the requirements (you have to set up your own webserver, then set up the ownCloud services), but the benefits are enormous. And I get a little more privacy, just me and Linode and the NSA.

  • Re:Tiny Tiny RSS (Score:2, Interesting)

    by kbahey (102895) on Saturday July 05, 2014 @03:54PM (#47389635) Homepage

    Another Tiny Tiny RSS user here. I run it on the home server, and never looked back.

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