Preparing for Google Reader shutdown

Not sure how you’re going to deal with the demise of Google Reader? Don’t be too concerned – alternatives (good ones!) are already showing up and there will be a lot more coming.

In the meantime, here are some steps you can take now to help you move to a different platform:

  • The very first thing you should do is go to the Reader Settings page and export your subscriptions. Click on the Import/Export tab, click on the Download your data through Takeout link found under the Export your information heading. You’ll be taken to the Takeout page and you’ll have to wait for your export file to be built. Once that’s done, a Download button appears. Click on it and download the zip file. Right now, all you need to do is save it in a safe place. This file contains details on all the blogs and other news sources you subscribe to. Later, it will be imported into other news readers so you won’t have to manually set up those subscriptions.
  • Twitter is a pretty good alternate to RSS distribution. If you are a blogger, make sure your blog is set up to automatically announce each post you publish as a Twitter update. This may be as simple as a setting on your blog (WordPress.com) or it may require installing a plugin/gadget.
  • Twitter users can take advantage of apps like Flipboard which will turn your Twitter timeline into a beautiful magazine-style reader. Compare your Reader subscriptions to the Tweeple you follow and add Twitter users as needed. Don’t forget you can use Lists to organize the people you follow.

FYI – Flipboard is already out front on this issue with their announcement Flipboard users won’t
need to do anything to keep reading their Google Reader subscriptions in Flipboard. If you’ve got Flipboard set up with Google Reader now, you’ll still have those subscriptions after Reader shuts down. Flipboard will do the work so you don’t have to. My guess is they won’t be the only ones who see this as an opportunity . . .

Check the suggested posts below for additional information on RSS subscriptions and Twitter for news reading. The Gazette will post the latest in news and apps to make your move to a new newsreading platform as painless as possible.

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