We should have known this was coming when Google pulled the API for Feedburner.
This is another stream being cutoff by Google as they’ve also ended the free version of Google Apps. I always wondered when the loads of outstanding free services was going to end.
The most frustrating part for me, is the fact that they’ve bought-up and beat so many online services in the marketplace, and then turn around and end them–much like Twitter did with TweetDeck and Posterous.
So now what?
Before July 1st, you have time to export your glorious Google Feeds and import them into another system via a OPML file. For those of you that left Google Reader in the dust long ago, you’ve got nothing to worry about. Simply carry on.
For the rest of us, like myself included, we will need to migrate our feeds.
For me, Google Reader is a nerve center for mining content from the web for ChurchMag and others. I have to have an RSS reader.
Let me share with you how to export your feed and give you some alternatives for reading RSS feeds.
How to Export Google Reader
There are a few services that will allow–and may be allowing in the future as the news settles in–to import directly from Google Reader by providing Google Reader sign-in details. For those that would like to do it manually, or have to by default, here’s how you do it:
First, jump on this link and sign in: http://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader (I wonder how long it will be before they kill this service, too?)
Give it a second to load up with some data and then Create Archive:
If you’ve got a huge reader full, I suggest checking the “Email me when ready” and closing the tab:
Otherwise watch and wait or leave it as a background tab.
I was writing this post while I did it, and it was finished fairly quick.
Ready for download!
After you’ve downloaded your ZIP file, it will include numerous files:
Now you’re ready to import your feeds into an alternative reader.
You may have to try a number of them before you find what you like. I’ve used Feedly before, so I think I’ll give it a try again.
Here is a list of alternatives that I recommend:
These are online alternatives, but there are a host of other app-centric apps as well:
If you have any other suggestions, please let us know in the comments!
How to Import
This of course will vary depending on the reader. Like I said before, I’m going with Feedly as it supports most any device:
And best of all, it’s super simple to import!
After connecting to Google Reader, you’re all set:
I didn’t need my Google Reader export file, but at least I have it! If Feedly doesn’t work out, I’ve got it for another service. Besides, I’m a stickler for archives. 😀
I’ve officially kissed Google Reader goodbye.
No need to let it linger. The sooner I fall into a new workflow the better.
What’s your favorite RSS reader?
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