Google Reader is going away. The announcement was made last week from Google. I applaud Google with giving people proper notice and for always looking at better ways to do things.
I as a big user and proponent of Google Reader three to four years ago. I thought RSS feeds were the way to go. I have still not given up on Google Feed Burner and will probably hang in there till the end.
RSS Feeds are a technology for the geeks. People who understand them and can use their functionality think they have a place. I used to think this way. Unfortunately the technology never caught on. Similar to QR Codes. Cool functionality, but you have to have a QR reader and it simply points you to another site.
Now, we find all kinds of news reader alternatives in different blog posts and articles. I am sure if you googled, “Google Reader Alternatives” you could find hundreds of different packages.
Now…Stop a second and start looking at this topic from a new perspective.
- How can I save time reading?
- How can I get better information?
- How can I get more relevant information?
- How can I access this information?
Here are my suggestions:
Innovative Alternative #1
Use Google Alerts – Switch from Google Reader to Email
- Send information to your email address. Very handy for mobile
- Now you have information on specific topics of interest across a number of media sources
- Not limited to just one newspaper or magazine
- You can quickly scan your email and see a summary before checking it out.
Innovative Alternative #2
Use Twitter Lists
- Organize information by lists – -Keywords, Authors, #hashtag
- Just check out real-time information more than older information
Innovative Alternative #3
Use email signups and app sign-up for feeds to your email.
- Now you get information directly from the source
- You have it in a place you check on a regular basis
- If you get too many, you can quickly unsubscribe
- Helps keep you informed when news is released. I like USAToday, CNN and ESPN updates — Think Mobile
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