I read A LOT of blogs and news sites everyday to laugh, learn and stay in the loop. But I don’t visit every single one, because they’ll mean I’d need to visit 89 of them. I just subscribe to them and they come to my Google Reader.
Some of you are all “what’s Google Reader?” It’s an RSS Feed aggregator. Simply said, when you click the orange (or in my case, red) “subscribe” button on a website, you’re given the choice of having that site’s content delivered to your inbox whenever it’s updated OR you can get it sent to a reader like Google’s, which ends up being a holder for all your subscriptions. It’s like a closet for website content, if you get me.
I got folders in Google Reader for business-related stuff, my faves, and I even have my Google Alerts coming in there. I get my gossip, tech news, beauty tips and other random stuff all in one place. It makes life easier because you don’t have to visit of every site you love to stay up to date. It brings their stuff to you. Hella convenient!
This is a snapshot of mine:
Then yesterday, the Google Reader blog tells us all that they’re shutting down for good on July 1, 2013. And they’re talmbout because “usage of Google Reader has declined.” NOT FOR ME IT HASN’T!!! What kinda bald-headed games are y’all playing, Google??? If folks are using it less, for why come my ENTIRE Twitter timeline was up in arms yesterday? Who are these people using it less? Are they on Google Plus??? Did they think Google Buzz was the bees’ knees? I need some receipts!
Also, is Google trying to shut down a bunch of their services to force us to use Google Plus, because I want them to know we are not here for it. G+ is Facebook Wack so womp!
To say I’m not pleased is an understatement. Google STAYS tryna shake the table and it’s not always good. Google Reader is getting the Google Wave treatment, except it’s actually useful and we’re actually sad to see it go. Oh you don’t remember G-Wave? Yeah, me neither. O___O
But for real. Google Reader, I know you wanna leave me, but I refuse to let you go. If I have to beg and plead for your sympathy, I don’t mind cuz you mean that much to me. I AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG! PLEASE DON’T LEAVE ME, GIRL, PLEASE DON’T GO! *wall slides* *holds on to Google Reader’s ankles*
*deepest sigh ever*
Google Reader’s demise means a lot for us bloggers and content creators. It means those of us who have thousands of subscribers might lose some of them because they’re using it too and now, they won’t be able to get our posts in their eClosets either. Readership might go down just because people are lazy and them having to VISIT our websites can be cumbersome. And if my readers are anything like me, they are unable to go to 89 different websites EVERY DAY.
While we’re at it though, can someone create an alternative to Feedburner that ISN’T FeedBlitz? Preferably, it’ll be free too, because FeedBlitz is expensive if you have a lot of subscribers and ain’t nobody got time for that. Feedburner manages the content delivery, so it’s what makes sure the sites you subscribed to even make it into your Google Reader or any other RSS thing. It’s clear that Google is going to do away with Feedburner soon. I AM ON TO YOU!
Seriously, Google gotta get it’s life together and stop taking away things we actually use. While pouring energy into things like Google Plus, which I begrudgingly use like once a week. And by use, I mean post my blog pieces and bounce out.
I NEED a Google Reader alternative and I already found a REALLY good one. It’s called Theoldreader.com, and you can import your G-Reader subscriptions into it. I just did that and here it is:
It’s not as pretty as Google Reader and it’s a bit slower but it will have to do. Beggars cannot be choosers right now. And it pulled in ALL the sites I subscribe to so I’m pleased. All is not lost.
Still… *shakes my tiny fists at Google*
Any other Google Reader fans mad about this? Also, anyone using another alternative and loving it? Let a G know.
*sings* NEBMAND AHL FAND SOMEONE LAHK YOOOOOOUUU. AH WISH NUFFIN BUT THE BESSS FAH YOOOUUU TOO! DON FAHGET ME ABEG AH REMEMBER YOU SAID…
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