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6/17/13 at 11:20 PM 1 Comments

Google to Shut Down Google Reader on July 1st

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This blog normally focuses on techniques for sharing the Gospel online but in this article I want to focus on tools for rapidly processing news: specifically RSS readers.

Blogging pioneer Dave Winer helped develop and popularize the RSS format for sharing news headlines and other forms of media such as podcasts.

I have used Google Reader for several years to rapidly scan through the headlines of numerous blogs in order to keep current on tech news and religious discussions.

Since Google announced it is shutting down Google Reader on July 1st, I am forced to find an alternative RSS reader.

I enjoyed the freedom of web-based readers that can be accessed by any internet-connected computer but realized that there are tradeoffs. Web-based readers are often advertiser supported and I want greater privacy in how I use information online.

I visited the Mac App Store to check out the software available but eventually decided to use Bamboo Feed Reader, a browser addon for Mozilla Firefox. This addon is free and it took me a few minutes to set it up and explore how it works.

I exported my RSS subscription list from Google Reader and then imported it into Bamboo Feed Reader. The more time I spend with this browser addon, the more comfortable I become with it.

If you are looking for a web-based alternative, then check out this Lifehacker article about Feedly. It also syncs with Google Reader so that you can import your subscription list.

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