Recently one of the production guys at work was online while between projects, on a website that I noticed he always seems to be on.
I asked him, “You’re always on that website what is it?”
He said, “It’s my Google Reader page.”
I replied, “Oh, that’s the site that gives you feeds from different websites and stuff right?”
He said, “Yea different websites and blogs that I follow.”
I said, “Oh ok that’s pretty cool…”
He showed me his main page and the list of feeds he had.
When he said blog it rang a bell in my head. I had heard about Reader but didn’t put two and two together when I had begun blogging that this can be a really great tool for me to use…
I don’t know about you, but I’m a Bookmarks nerd. Across the top of my browser are a bunch of bookmark categories and in the drop down menus of those categories are long lists of websites, blogs, and articles I’ve bookmarked over the years. I seriously have hundreds of bookmarks I’ve added to the different categories.
I thought to myself, hey this Google Reader thing could be awesome for me, I can get updates when there’s new info on the sites and blogs I like to follow, and I can organize them by category, like I’m doing already… Nice.
Well later that week I run into my buddy Chad who I work with as well. He’s one of those die hard PC guys whose forced to use a Mac all day at work. Chad was on his android phone in the break room reading something when I walked in. I started talking to him about going out this upcoming weekend, and he pretty much ignored me because he’s so preoccupied with whatever he’s reading. All I got for a response was Uh huh, ya, uh huh.
So I say, “Did you even hear a word that I just said?”
and casually he says, “No…”
So I said, “What’re you reading a novel on there?”
And he goes, “No I’m reading stuff in my Feedly App, I just downloaded it, and it’s pretty sweet.”
Then he proceeds to show me all his categories and all the features and gets all giddy about it.
So I go, “Oh that’s just like that Reader thing?”
And he says – “Yea… but Google is Shutting down Reader, so I started to use this instead.” And we then proceeded to bitch about how Google always ends up shutting down some of the most useful things they create, like, the Real Estate Search feature they used to have in Google Maps, it was Zillow long before Zillow even existed.
Well, today I had some down time at my jobby job and was doing a little research about the eminent Google Reader Shutdown. Yup it was gonna happen in June, Google announced it on March 13th and of course there isn’t a whole lot of info about it from Google, but there are plenty of articles floating around about it.
In my research I came across this article called 4 Legitimate Google Reader Alternatives
From Marketer and Blogger Nate Long
An insightful article of some Legit Google Reader Alternatives. Well, based on this and some info from my friends, Feedly seems like the way to go. So now that I’ve opened a Google Reader account, and am following a bunch of feeds, I’ll be opening an account with Feedly. At the moment, Feedly is only usable by importing your Reader account in a kind of Beta version. Once Google Reader does it’s official Shut Down, which Feedly refers to as Normandie… Feedly will become the official replacement and will function in it’s own right, so, for the time being, go create a Google Reader account and migrate it to Feedly. I’m suggesting looking at one of these Alternatives to my readers because it can save you a lot of time and make your reading tasks very easy to manage.
For example, I found an article on the Feedly Blog page, from a guy doing something very similar to myself and PunkTheSystem.com he explains how he uses Feedly to manage his goals and blogging tasks…
Check out his article here: What Feeds Them? Daniel Dipiazza, writer.
Daniel describes a great technique for utilizing Feedly.
He is also doing something similar with his blog as I am with PunkTheSystem.
Check out Daniel’s Blog here: Rich20Something.com
If you are in the Empower Network this is a great way to follow all the leaders blogs and stay up to date in a very efficient way. You can follow the EN blogs and personal blogs for all those guys this way.