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Monday, July 01, 2013

Today is the day Google Reader officially dies

I never used Google Reader much, relying instead on add-ons to get the job done  or just bookmarking the feeds directly. However, by coincidence my RSS reader of choice  — Sage for Firefox — also quit working after the latest Firefox upgrade. I switched to Bamboo Feed Reader and that seems to work pretty well — I haven’t had any complaints, other than slowing up the startup of Firefox a bit (although that could be a result of the latest version of Firefox — wouldn’t be the first time a new version came with a drop in performance).

No matter what you eventually do, you probably want to head over to Google Reader while you still can and export your OPML file. This will make it much easier to make the switch to a new reader. Otherwise, you’ll have to add your feeds one by one to your new reader. If you list is massive (like mine) that could be a time-consuming and tedious task.

And of course, I can’t talk about RSS without bringing up the Progressive News Must-Read Superfeed. That will get you quite a few good sources in one feed, which is a real timesaver.

[photo via Wikimedia Commons]

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