Just a reminder that Google Reader – by far and away the most popular RSS Reader for the last six or seven years – is shutting down this Sunday, June 30.
Come Monday, July 1, you will no longer be able to access Google Reader or your RSS feeds stored there.
If you are using Google Reader as your RSS reader, act quickly to ensure you preserve your RSS feeds. Download your RSS feeds from Google Reader, and save your feeds as a file on your computer. By doing so, you’ll be able to import your feeds to a new RSS reader. This blog post from LXBN manager, Colin O’Keefe (@colinokeefe), shows you how.
If you’re looking for a direct replacement to Google Reader—another RSS reader, plain and simple—Feedly is a good fit. Feedly is available in a website interface; as a browser application for Chrome, Safari and Firefox; and for mobile apps on both the iOS and Android platforms. LexBlog Account Manger, Christopher Rachal, explains how to set up Feedly.
If you’re open to trying something a bit different and very popular among the legal community, mobile-only magazine-style apps Flipboard and Zite are excellent for discovering new content. Both are available for iOS and Android, for your smartphone and tablet.
Zite is not a RSS Reader, per se. Zite curates content, much like Pandora curates your favorite music and gets ‘smarter’ based on your preferences over time.
In addition to being a personalized magazine by subject, Flipboard will accept an import of your feeds from Google Reader. LexBlog Account Manager, Kristina Corbitt (@kriscorbitt), covers using Flipboard as your Google Reader replacement.
If you are a LexBlog Network member with questions about the value of RSS readers or alternatives to Google Reader, please contact your account representative at LexBlog.