Google Reader, farewell

For years I have been using Google Reader to keep up to date with websites as I could read them when I had time and I saw which sites where updated. Even if they where idle for months, so a dream for everyone who has a time management plan in place. Google Reader had a webinterface, an API for third-party applications like Feedly and Liferea, but also an app for Android so you could check things when you where waiting somewhere. Until now as Google announced it will stop Google Reader in the summer of 2013. Some people try to revert this decision with a petition, but to be honest I’m not going to wait and that may be sad as Google Reader was the reason I had a Google-account in the past.

That said, I already started to experiment with an alternative last summer and while it is still in development and misses some features the time has come to switch from Google Reader towards TT-RSS. As of today I imported all feeds into TT-RSS and removed also all feeds from Google Reader. The only feeds still in Google Reader are those for Google Listen and the time has come to start searching for an alternative. Google Listen is a podcast application, also discontinued and will also stop working this summer. Maybe I’ll move all podcasts back to my desktop, but it was handy to have them on my phone so I could listen to them in the car.

For now TT-RSS is a good self-hosted alternative with a webinterface, applications for Android and Liferea has also an option to use your TT-RSS installation. Maybe I should spend some time soon to get OPML support just like in Liferea so that Planet-feeds aren’t needed anymore and will make message deduplication easier, but for now it works and I can only say, Google thanks for all the fish. And to be honest I think my Google account will have the same destination as my Twitter account.

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Hans Spaans

Unix & security consultant with a passion for Linux, Solaris, PostgreSQL, Perl and network services, but also a strong believer in open and free source, standards and content.