Sunday, June 30, 2013

Google Reader and Why I Don't Trust the Cloud

Because at any point, it can get turned off.

My problem - I use Google Reader, and I have a folder called Revit Feeds.  This folder has been shared, and then the resulting feed has been burnt with FeedBurner. 

This is the Revit feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/revitFeedsRssInGoogleReader

This is the BIM feed:
http://feeds.feedburner.com/bimFeedsRssInGoogleReader

I'm expecting all of this to turn off tomorrow, or soon after.  This is how I view and archive Revit news to PDF, using this method.  Now, what can I replace this with?

The answer?  Nothing.  Easy.  Yet.

I have tried numerous so called 'replacements' and nothing comes close.  I don't want a flipboard or some artsy style, I just want to be able to fast scroll until I find some really fresh Revit information. Here are a few that I've tried:
  • Spundge
  • Curata
  • Feedly
  • The Old Reader
  •  SwarmIQ
These are the main things I want:
  • fast, clean reading
  • ability to create a curated list of blogs and generate a new RSS from that
  • ability to archive feeds (including all images) to local filesystem for easy indexing and searching
Now, I'm hoping one of you has the answer for me :-)

In the meantime, I am going to use The Old Reader for pure reading.  For archiving...I'm not sure yet.

Here is some further reading:
Google Reader Is Shutting Down; Here Are the Best Alternatives

The Old Reader

How to Transition From Google Reader to Feedly: Plus Other RSS Reader Alternatives | Social Media Today

Priorities: Keeping the site up, listening and adding new features. | Building Feedly

WP8:
How to Transfer Your Google Reader Feeds to One of These Better RSS Apps for Mac, PC, Web, & Mobile « Internet 

3 comments:

  1. I'm in the same boat. 6+ years using google reader, it really was yhe best all around tool. I am using feedly, though I don't love it. Imlike that there is a dedicated app in android. I constantly switch reading between pc and tablet.

    For reading and kore importantly searvhing archived threads I don't know either. Its frustrating. I ueed to star stuff I knew I would want to find later. All those stars dissapeared with the demise of reader.

    Google has thrown away a lot of goodwill with this 1 horrible decision.

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  2. Anders Lagerås has left a new comment on your post "Google Reader and Why I Don't Trust the Cloud":

    Google Reader alternatives
    http://getgini.com/google-reader-alternatives

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