Last week (Wednesday, March 13, 2013) Google announced via its official blog that it was retiring its RSS aggregator Google Reader in its annual ‘spring clean’ on July 1st, 2013. I hadn’t been a regular user of Google Reader, I had added a few blog feeds a while ago but I never had any use for it.
However I decided to take the plunge a few weeks ago and I got myself an iPad and overnight I found myself reading many more forums and blog posts. Rather than adding so many of my most read websites to my Chrome bookmarks I suddenly remembered Google Reader. Looking around for RSS readers for the iPad I came across River of News, A Google Reader iPad app. It was perfect for me I added a few more RSS feeds and was suddenly reading so much more than I ever was before.
So its such a shame that Google is retiring Google reader and although I found River of News incredibly easy to use I set about finding an alternative that would allow me to export my RSS feeds.
Without going into detail I came across Feedly which allowed me to import all my feeds from Google Reader. It has a Flipboard style interface and like River of News allows you to put feeds into categories making them quickly accessible. Feedly is also available for Android which is a plus as I do prefer the Android OS over iOS but that is a blog post for another day!