Turning inner space into outer space

March 14, 2013

RSS will do just fine without Google Reader

RSS feeds are the unsung heroes of the Internet. With an RSS feed reader you can follow the news from dozens of sites all in one place.

I use an app called Reeder on my iMac and iPhone to subscribe to feeds that I’ve arranged in categories so I can easily keep track of what’s going on in the world and in my areas of special interest. Everything between the two devices is synchronized in the background by Google Reader. Handy, to say the least.

So I was in a bit of a tizzy when I learned that Google is shutting down this service on July 1. I need my sync!

Now, I’m certain that alternatives will spring up in the meantime, and some of them will likely be better. Google, after all, was only making a half-hearted effort at keeping Reader alive. With Google gone, there is bound to be a great opportunity for eager developers to step in and create something chock full of features with constant updates.

It’s a comforting thought, but, still, the thing that really made me sigh with relief was this tweet:

No other details are being offered right now, but, yes, my beloved Reeder will continue to function.

If that hasn’t calmed your RSS-loving nerves, check this article from Lifehacker on alternatives.