To be honest, I’ve always hated Google Reader, so the current round of complaints since the update have had no impact on my RSS reading habits. One quick look tells me that the interface is more palatable, having adopted the new Google look common to it’s other product upgrades. However, my RSS reads also tell me that many are unhappy, and that one of the key issues is the social interface.
Google Reader’s redesign removes social features to other websites. The Google Reader team has prepared for the release to be unpopular with some users in the userbase saying in a preemptive post “we recognize, however, that some of you may feel like the product is no longer for you” adding that they extended the amount of exportable data. “Starting today we’ll be turning off friending, following, shared items and comments in favor of similar Google+ functionality” and iterated “we hope you’ll like the new Reader (and Google+) as much as we do, but we understand that some of you may not. Retiring Reader’s sharing features wasn’t a decision that we made lightly, but in the end, it helps us focus on fewer areas, and build an even better experience across all of Google”.
Google Reader is certainly changing. In truth I am not at all ‘qualified’ to comment on the current iteration of Reader. Why?
If you currently manage all your feeds in Google Reader, Feedly is a nice way to transition to a different style of feed reader. Feedly syncs with your Google Reader account, but uses a more magazine-style interface. The minimalist interface thankfully doesn’t put as much emphasis on whitespace as the new Google Reader, either. The service offers support for a plethora of social media services, but doesn’t include any built-in substitute for Google Reader’s social features.
Just in time for the launch of the new Google Reader, Feedly also just launched version 7 of its web service
As an added bonus, there are also various mobile and tablet apps for Feedly which work nicely now. However, when it comes to my iPhone I also have a friendly relationship with FeedlerPro!
- The new Google Reader (tobiasbuckell.com)
- Do you hate the new Google Reader as much as I do? (professorbainbridge.com)
- Alternatives to Google Reader? Don’t Bother, You’re Not Going Anywhere… (readwriteweb.com)
- Google Reader Diaspora (ask.metafilter.com)
- Google Reader Ditches Sharing in Redesign (linearfix.wordpress.com)