Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google Spaces, a service that most of us never knew existed to begin with. Let's take a tour of some of our favourite services Google's killed off over the years.
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As the countdown to Google Reader closing ticks over, we're continuing to see alternative ways to manage your RSS feeds. Lifehacker reader Michael rolled his own solution with Blogtrottr, creating a system that sends notifications direct to your email.
An RSS reader is an essential tool for anyone who likes to be kept abreast of news as it happens and/or updates from their favourite websites. It will make you more organised, ensure you don't miss valuable information and save lots of time that would otherwise be spent manually checking websites. If you're new to RSS, here's what you need to know, including the best RSS readers in a post Google Reader world.
Yes, Google Reader is going away, and yes, there are great alternatives. However, if you're tired of web services shutting down on you, why not take matters into your own hands? Tiny Tiny RSS is a free, open-source syncing RSS platform with more features than Google Reader ever had, and it can't get shut down. Here's how to install it and set it up.
Another sign to remind us that Google Reader will be dead come July 1: some browsers are reporting that the link to Reader on Google's menu has vanished when using Gmail.
Firefox/Chrome: If you're a heavy Google Reader user, you may well have dozens of articles starred and feeds organised into folders or categories. This simple userscript lets you filter all of those feeds by folder, whether the article is starred, by keyword, or by author or blog so you can quickly bookmark them or save them elsewhere.
We're all seriously bummed about Google Reader shutting down. However, while its departure does leave a big RSS-shaped hole in the universe, there are others news reading apps and services out there stepping up to replace it with syncing features and easy import tools to keep you organised. In this week's Hive Five, we're going to highlight five of the best, based on your nominations.
Just how many people will be impacted when Google Reader shuts down? Google itself isn't saying, but Google Operating System has crunched some of the relevant numbers.
I don't use Google Apps for Business, I don't require extra storage, and I don't need to pay to advertise myself or my company through AdWords. Most of the ways Google wants to extract money from me directly are never going to work. Yet if Google started offering Reader for an annual subscription fee, I'd pay in a heartbeat.
Google's decision to shut down Google Reader means you'll need to find a new way to get your news fix. Here are our favourite alternatives.
With the news that Google is killing off Reader, dedicated Reader enthusiasts will want to make a copy of their existing subscriptions so they can use them once they pick an alternative. Here's what to do.
Windows only: Portable application NFReader is a no-frills feed reader that fits on your thumb drive. Even though it eschews a wide feature set in favour of a tiny footprint and minimalist interface, NFReader has the basics covered. Import your subscription list via OPML files or manually add feeds in the reader. View individual articles in either basic text or HTML format. If you're looking for an absolutely spartan feedreader without any clutter or feature bloat, NFReader's for you. NFReader is a free download for Windows only.
All platforms with Firefox: Just published an update to the Better GReader Firefox extension, which now includes the excellent Show Feed Favicons user script. Make your feed subscription list more colorful and fun to look at with the user script or the full-on extension. Also added support for our friends in the Great White North hitting Reader at the google.ca address. Download it from the homepage or existing users can grab the update from Firefox's Add-ons dialog. Trick out Google Reader with Better GReader