Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Technology Lesson: Switching to Feedly

Last week I told you that Google Reader was shutting down. Today I'll bypass importing last week's data in favor of using Feedly. Feedly will import your feeds directly from Google Reader, and can display Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest updates. It also has a free app, that can be used on iTouch, iPhone, iPad, Kindle, and Android.

You don't have to use Feedly, and there are articles at the end of this post with suggestions for alternative services. There is also an article from Whoorl, which walks readers through using Feedly.

Over three million users have transferred from Google to Feedly, and more are expected to follow suit. Joining is very easy, and the site has a simple and customizable interface.

Head to www.feedly.com to get started. There will be a message for Google Reader users, and after you click the link to connect your account, you will be asked to authorize. Say yes.

You'll find that your blogs are imported and ready to go:

Older posts from your Reader will be available too, but you should still hold on to last week's downloaded data. (It's just a good idea.) Feedly uses Google's technology to import and display feeds. What Feedly will be doing after Google Reader shuts down is unclear, but I have confidence that everything will be OK.

After your super simple transition to Feedly, take some time to explore. (If you need help, I again recommend the Whoorl article at the end of this post.) You can change the format in which your blogs are displayed, and how your navigate Feedly.

Good luck, and enjoy!

This is the last Lessons for Old People post until September. Per tradition, and New York City's unbearable heat, I like to take the summer off to attempt to accomplish other projects. In reality, I'm probably more easily found perched reading a book on a barstool in an air-conditioned bar, but getting through these library books are not an ignoble challenge either! When I return, I'll get back to talking about Pinterest too much. If you have any questions, or would like to suggest a topic, please e-mail me: hill.katherinem[at]gmail.com.

Additional Resources:
RSS isn't read: the best Google Reader alternatives, The Verge
The Best RSS Readers To Use Now That Google Reader Is Dead, PopSci
Google’s Aggregator Gives Way to an Heir, The New York Times
How To Use Feedly, Whoorl

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Technology Lesson: Google Reader Is Closing Down

Google Reader, Googe's RSS feed reader is closing on July 1. Users will no longer be able scroll through subscribed blog posts.

Users are understandably upset. In a post on the Official Google Reader Blog, Google explained:
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
Boooo. The good news is that you and export your data so that it can be transferred to another service. (For additional options that won't be covered here, see the links below.) 
To do that...
Log in to Google Reader.
Go to your Settings

Click the Import/Export tab.

Under "Import your subscriptions" you'll see "Export your information." Click "Download your data through takeout."

Google will estimate the size of your data. When you see 100% under the squares, click CREATE ARCHIVE.

It may take some time. When it's complete, click DOWNLOAD. The file will save to your computer (or external hard drive).

After the file is saved to your computer, you'll need it to upload to your next RSS service, so remember where it is stored!

Technology Lesson: Web Aggregators
Technology Lesson: What To Do With RSS
Technology Lesson: RSS

Additional Resources:
Powering Down Google Reader, Official Google Reader Blog
A second spring of cleaning, Official Google blog