If you haven’t heard, Google Reader (the popular web-based RSS/feed reader by the search giant) is shutting down on July 1. This means that if you have been using Google Reader to keep up-to-date with your favorite websites, you will need to migrate to a new service.
Don’t worry. There are plenty of alternatives for you to try, including my own offering (MnmlRdr). But, you don’t have to decide which alternative to use right now. What you do need to do, though, is go and download your subscriptions list for safekeeping. This file is important for you to have if you want to try out other services with the same feeds you were used to reading in Google Reader.
The easiest way to get a backup of your Google Reader subscriptions is by going to this link: http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export
It will download the small file to your computer called google-reader-subscriptions.xml, which you can use to import into other reader services (Yep! MnmlRdr has this import functionality built-in too).
Once you have a copy of your subscriptions list, you can rest easy knowing that you will be able to migrate to a new service after Monday rolls around and Google pulls the plug on Reader.
I set out weeks ago to build a Google Reader replacement for my own personal use. I decided I didn’t need a feed reader that had all of the bells and whistles that Google Reader had. I wanted something simple, clean, and straightforward. I wanted something that meshed with the Widefido philosophy of software, that is, software with fewer (but right!) features. It ends up that I built something that people like called MnmlRdr.
I’ve had a number of people trying out the site these past few weeks. I’ve been working through some small bugs, making it faster, cleaner, and all around a better app. I’m working today and the rest of this week to set up public access to it before the “July 1 deadline”.
MnmlRdr is going to be a paid service (a to-be-determined low monthly or yearly fee) which will allow me to continue to work on it and not have to shut it down like Google.
Now, there are a number of feed readers out there. With plenty of competition gearing up to go head-to-head in the wake of the Google Reader shutdown. I’m hoping I come out on the other side with a great app that you and others love to use. If you haven’t already, you should sign up for the preview.
I’ve been toying around with a little side project for the past few weeks and it is finally in a state that is “presentable” (thanks to my accountability group actually holding me accountable to this). It’s called MnmlRdr (minimal reader) and it is a lightweight, web based RSS reader that tries to do little more than deliver your RSS feed subscriptions.
It’s currently in beta (the core features are built, the web app works across a variety of devices and browsers, etc) and if I get enough interest I can make it public. If any of you are interested in learning a bit more about this, you should sign up for more info at the website or get in touch.
The next round of beta invites went out yesterday. Things are progressing nicely. I appreciate all the feedback I’m getting and can’t wait for more of you to give TodoPaper a try.
I’m currently working on wrapping up the few remaining pieces of a native Linux build of TodoPaper. I would love to release the Linux version at the same time as the Windows version, but it needs a little bit more testing before I can be confident in the release. If you use a Linux desktop and would be interested in taking TodoPaper for a test-drive on your box, please get in touch or sign up and put “linux” in the comments.