This is a reflection post as part of a Professional Development course our school is undertaking.
In this module, participants were encouraged to consider how RSS technology can be used to manage the flow of information from the web. It was suggested that we use Google Reader, which is a tool that I have used in the past. Unfortunately, come July 2013, Google Reader will be no more. Despite all the hysteria, and even protests, I think RSS is here to stay a little while longer even if Google has dropped one of their main tools to utilise the technology.
Earlier in the year when it was first announced that Google Reader would be discontinued, I immediately looked into a tool that would take care of my daily RSS feeds. I had been experimenting with Pulse on my Android tablet for some time, but wasn’t really happy with the experience when using it on the desktop via Chrome. I came across Feedly, which happily offered to take all my current feeds from Google Reader by signing in with my google account. The experience was easy and pain free! I am now enjoying my news on feedly, which works well seamlessly on the desktop and across mobile devices.
Other thoughts / musings:
- See this video on Google Guru on how to transfer Reader links to Feedly.
- I found this useful guide to explaining RSS for our recent Staff Techie Brekkie.
- For other ways to manage RSS, check out Five of the best Google Reader alternatives via Life Hacker.
- Ashley Harrison, CEO of RSS advertising firm MediaFed suggests that RSS will be here to stay.