This is post is in response to the Bloggiesta mini challenge
Personally, the news that Google Reader is shutting down was like a kick to my non-existent nads. I have been using GR for a good long while, and to me it was practically perfect. It did all the things I wanted it to do, and few of the things I did not. All good things must come to an end, as they say, so it became time to look for an alternative reader.
Now, I am not going to give you a list of options. There are other people who have done a much better job than I ever could. I am going to tell you more about the one I settled on.
What I like about it:
- It looks like Google Reader. The interface is familiar and I don’t have to learn to work a new system.
- It shows the entire post instead of excerpts. I am lazy, and do not want to click on “read more” to get to the content.
- It marks content as read as you scroll down, just like Google Reader.
- Importing your subscriptions from Google Reader takes less than 10 clicks.
- It’s browser based and does not need to be downloaded.
- It has a set of share / favorite / email buttons. Which I have never used on GR and won’t be using now. Still, it’s good to have options.
Things I am not thrilled with:
- It’s just not as pretty as Google Reader. See the lack of favicons?
- It strips certain bits of coding from posts, most notably floats and centering. Also blockquote and text styling.
- Importing is currently unbelievably slow. Everyone else is abandoning GR ship and all those imports take time. I am currently 30638 in the queue. You can still add feeds manually, but I quickly got bored doing that and decided to wait my turn.
- Because of all these importations, the reader itself is also slow. I fully believe it will settle as soon as everyone stops freaking out.
There you go, my 10c. Clearly it’s not an ideal solution, but for me it’s better than the alternatives. I can live with the niggly bits. At least, until someone buys Google Reader and puts it back in my sweaty hands. Please, someone?