Google Reader is shutting down on July 1.
That’s what I found out (via a pop-up) yesterday when I went to visit Google Reader to research Internet news storied for this blog post.
Because it has been my go-to site for Internet news stories, Google Reader was one of the tabs I set up to automatically open when I start my web browser (the myEarthLink Start Page® and EarthLink Web Mail open in two other tabs).
So it will be missed. But, as we reported last July, Google has been steadily shutting down services for some time now.
You can very easily customize the page to get local news, business news, technology news, sports, health, political – up to 12 news categories in all. Just make sure you are signed in (with your full EarthLink email address and password), and click the Edit links next to the Local and News Headline sections.
You’ll also have easy access to lots of other customizable content (weather, TV & movie listings, stock quotes, sports scores, etc.) while you’re checking your news. So it’s definitely worth a try. It could turn out to be your MVP (most valuable product).
But as convenient as it is, myEarthLink is not a full RSS reader like Google Reader, so it isn’t a direct replacement if that’s what you are looking for.
There’s buzz today that Digg is working on a replacement for Google Reader. But there are plenty of other ways to do RSS right now.
Feedly is a popular one. It’s available as a browser add-on (for Firefox, Chrome, and Safari) as well as an app for both Android and iOS. They’ve been kind smart enough to provide these Tips for Google Reader users migrating to feedly.
NewsBlur is another that has earned high praise, but it appears the rush of traffic is making their website unavailable today (they must not use EarthLink Business Cloud Hosting), so I won’t link you there now.
Mashable.com has a slide-show with other Google Reader Alternatives.
I have personally enjoyed using Google Currents on all my mobile devices (Android and iOS).
Let us know what your favorite Google Reader alternative is by leaving a comment below.