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Ugh

I’m having a kicking and screaming hissy fit today.  Google is announcing yet again that they are discontinuing Reader.  Did you ever notice how often they do this and it is saved at the last second?

The alternative of choice seems to be Bloglovin’.  I looked at it and hated it.  It gives you excerpts.  I hate excerpts.  If I wanted to click on every blog, I wouldn’t be using a reader. But, I played around with it and it turns out if you have it set to use frames you can see the blog itself and push the buttons at the top to move to the next one. I guess that put you on the blogs so there is no excuse not to leave comments. I’m tempering my hissy fit.

They make you add a code to your blog to “claim” it to get stats or something. Essentially you are advertising for them. Well played Bloglovin’. Well played.

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3 Comments

  • WillowMoon

    I too am angry by Google’s decision. One of the things I enjoy about Google Reader is that I can stay up to date on my blogs on both my pc and my phone.
    I’ll second Kim’s recommendation of Feedly. It was super easy to import all my feeds (just sign in with your google id) and I was up and running quite quickly. It also kept all the “stared” items from Google Reader. I have quite a few things stared that I like to refer back to or to keep a watch on comments and so forth. I’m so glad I didn’t have to try to re-create all that. It also has an app for my phone, so I don’t loose my functionality there.
    They have an article just for Google Reader users: http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/tips-for-google-reader-users-migrating-to-feedly/
    I hope this is a good substitution. Only time will tell.

  • Kim

    I’m still hoping that Reader will get a stay of execution – again – but in the meantime I’ve been trying out Feedly. It imported all my Reader feeds and I didn’t have to do any of the “follow my blog with…” stuff that Bloglovin makes you do. So far, so good, I think. It’s definitely worth a look.

    I started following your blog about a week ago, by the way. 🙂

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