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The Old Reader to Go Private

The Old Reader, one of the first Google Reader alternatives to come to market, is going private:

Later this week, The Old Reader users will get a “distinct indication” whether their account will be migrated to the private site or not. Those who are left behind and unhappy about it are being asked to contact the administrators and plead their case. Everyone else has two weeks to export their OPML file (the link is located at the bottom of the Settings page).

That sounds wonderful. Who wouldn’t want to invest time in a free service that has no desire to expand or, yes, even to make money at all. The people behind The Old Reader must be delusional!

While Bulygina and Krasnoukhov insist they’re not interested in charging for the service or raising money from VCs, they are open to a third possibility: “If anyone is interested in acquiring The Old Reader and making it better, we are very open and accepting proposals at [redacted@redacted.redacted].”

Ah. There it is.

The Future of Reeder

Silvio Rizzi:

All three versions of Reeder will get major updates. Unfortunately, these won’t be ready for July 1st. Sorry about that.


You Too Can Pretend Feed Wrangler Has Folders

Shawn Blanc explains why Feed Wrangler doesn’t need folders:

To set up a smart stream as a “folder” do this:

  • Under the Smart Streams box on Feed Wrangler’s sidebar, click ‘Create’.
  • Enter a name for your new stream.
  • Leave the search filter blank.
  • Check: “Only include unread”.
  • Uncheck: “Stream should include all feeds?”.
  • After unchecking that last option, you’ll get a list of every RSS feed that’s in Feed Wrangler. From there you can select exactly which feeds you want to be in this stream (a.k.a. folder).
  • Once you’ve selected all the feeds you want in this stream, click the “Create Stream” button and now you’ve got a Smart Stream that acts like a folder. Showing you all the unread items from all those feeds.

I have a better idea. Folders.

Bye, Bye, Google Reader

Lex Friedman took a look at all the Google Reader replacements that have sprung up in recent weeks. Looks like Feedbin is the way to go.

‘Let’s Retire RSS When They Retire Google Reader’

Mike Tatum is really forward thinking:

It’s been over a month since Google announced it would shut down Reader on July 1. Over that time, I’ve come to realize how unnecessary and outdated RSS and RSS readers are today. Like a Palm Pilot, this 90’s technology is no longer the most effective way for readers to scan news or for publishers to reach readers. There are better technologies for content discovery. More important, pushing all these RSS readers back to websites will enable publishers to create more revenue. Google is right, despite protestations to the contrary. It’s time to retire RSS for good.

Like a Palm Pilot, RSS is no longer the best way to get the news. Also like a Palm Pilot, RSS is not a banana orchard.

Seriously: RSS is not going anywhere. Many people, myself included, use it every single day. Not just for news reading, but for podcasts and many of RSS’s plethora of uses. RSS is an technology standard. To paraphrase Dumbledore “RSS will always come to those who ask for it”.

Reeder for iPhone Adds Feedbin, Native RSS Support

Version 3.1 of Silvio Rizzi’s Reeder for iPhone is out, with support for Feedbin and native RSS. While I haven’t tried Feedbin yet, I can tell you that native support works as described, but is as slow as you’d fear from a non-server-backed solution.

I’d be happy to switch to Feedbin, but I need my devices in sync, and as of today only Reeder for iPhone supports it. With versions 2.0 of Reeder for Mac and iPad having seemingly fallen behind schedule, I fear that won’t happen until after Google Reader shuts down on July 1.

‘Why I Love RSS and You Do, Too’

Brent Simmons:

RSS is plumbing. It’s used all over the place but you don’t notice it. Which is cool.

Google Reader is dying, but RSS isn’t going away with it. As Marco points out, this could be a good thing for RSS:

We’re finally likely to see substantial innovation and competition in RSS desktop apps and sync platforms for the first time in almost a decade.

RSS, like email, like SMS, like IRC, like SSH, like FTP, is a spec. It’s free web standard that won’t go away just because a major player in the market sunsets. As long as someone is around to support it, it lives on. As Brent points out, a hell of a lot of services are using RSS as a backbone. That isn’t likely to change any time soon.

Google Reader to Shut Down

Google Reader will shut down on July 1, 2013. While I realize RSS is a fading fad, this seems a bit premature.