Google Reader is dead, long live feeds

google_readerA bit of housekeeping: Sadly and strangely, Google is ending the service known as Google Reader today. The thinking is that in this social media era, people get their news from Twitter and Facebook more than feeds.

Yet 17,425 people subscribe to this site’s feed. Here’s an article from Slate that suggests how to find another feed reader such as Feedly (with a one-click import from Google Reader), Pulse or the mobile-only Flipboard. If you’d like to import your feeds from Google Reader, today is the last day to do so before they shut the service down. What are your favorite feed readers?

Also, you can keep up with the site content through the DrVino twitter handle and Dr. Vino Facebook page. Or get posts sent via email.

Any which way you choose, we appreciate your interest in the site. Now back to regular programing.

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3 Responses to “Google Reader is dead, long live feeds”

  1. I switched over to The Old Reader when Google made the announcement they were going to do this – its interface is very similar to Reader.

  2. As you all label it “Social Media” like FaceBook and Twitter, I perceive that they were meant to stay in touch (news) with family and friends, or to search for former classmate from either high school or your old college days.
    RSS feeds I feel were meant to be used to keep us current of the news that is happening on the city, state, federal, and global levels. Outside of GoogleNews they apparently no longer want to provide the feed for those, apparently a minority, that are the more comfortable with that medium.

  3. Thanks, Dan. The Old(e?) Reader looks good.

    Here’s a list of other alternatives:

    Hi David, Social media have become important for transmitting many things, from personal status updates to passing around links. In their official blog post about retiring Reader, google admitted the usage had declined. The unsaid portion was the cause, which was no doubt “social” reading of blogs and passing around relevant links. Times change, but I don’t see how maintaining Reader was all that costly to them.


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