I opened Google reader this evening and a message popped up letting me know that Google Reader will no longer be available as of July 1st. If you subscribe to this blog via Google Reader you have a few months to find another alternative and resubscribe.
I found an article today titled "Google Reader is Dying, But We Have Five Worthy Alternatives." I was disappointed to see that the number one suggestion on their list is Feedly. I have been using Feedly on my iPad for about six months and much prefer to use Google Reader. The only reason I don't use Google Reader on my iPad is that it doesn't work very well on the iPad. I wish I could say I like Feedly a lot. I like the format. I can use it intuitively. The main problem is that there is no way to pin a post to Pinterest from Feedly. To be fair, it is not very easy to pin anything to Pinterest from an iPad in the first place. I even put the Pinterest app on my iPad, but apparently while you can look at pins on that app, the only way to pin (as opposed to repin) something is to manually enter the web address into a box at the top and THEN pin it. Who wants to type web addresses manually on a tablet. Yuck. I looked into it and Feedly is hoping to provide pinability (new word!) sometime in 2013. Until they do, I'm kind of stuck. I try to do most of my blog reading on my desktop computer so that I can pin as I go. If I have Feedly on my desktop as well it will be a pinning nightmare.
While I'm on the topic of Feedly, the only other thing I don't like about it is that it doesn't pull photos well from blogs. When you open Feedly you generally see a page of 3-5 teasers for different blog posts with an accompanying big pretty photo from the post. At least, that's what you see for the "big blogs." For many of the smaller blogs I read daily Feedly usually pulls the blog header instead. Not FUN! When you choose a particular blog in Feedly, if it is one of the "pull header" blogs you see a list of post beginnings accompanied by a bunch of thumbnails of the same header again, and again, and again. For other blogs you see a nice variety of pictures related to the post. I subscribe to my own blog just to keep tabs on what is going on there. 2/3rds of the time it pulls the first picture from my post as it should, 1/3rd of the time it pulls my header. I have no idea why. This never happens in Google Reader so I can only imagine it has something to do with the way Feedly pulls a photo.
So right now I am crossing my fingers and hoping that Feedly takes advantage of the big opportunity it has as Google Reader closes up shop and cleans up its act. Either way, its time to start looking for solutions!
On a similar topic, my number of subscribers plummeted from 1000 to 232 as of March 7th. Either I did something offensive I don't know about or something is up. Apparently this has happened to a lot of people, or everyone, and many don't even know yet. I would transfer my subscribers to another service except 80% of them are currently lost! Ideally one would transfer when all of their subscribers exist! AAAGH!