UPDATE #1: Feedly has now responded to the news and has a transition guide posted here.
UPDATE #2: No matter what you decide to do, you may want to use Google Takeout to export your existing data — in this case, your Reader but you can also download your information from other Google products — so you can keep a record.
UPDATE #3: I’m getting a lot of questions on how to customize Feedly to mimic Google Reader. Feedly just tackled that in a new blog post here (hint: change your view to Titles).
Just an hour ago, this post was half-written in my drafts and called “Why I’ve Dumped Google Reader (and What I’m Using Now).” And on February 27th, I tweeted this:
But with the news that Google is shutting down Google Reader (spring cleaning, they call it — I call it evil, honestly, even though I’m usually pretty patient with free services…), I wanted to scramble and publish it ASAP, as I’m sure you’re wondering what to do next.
There are several good alternatives, and I’ve tried most.
But absolutely, my favorite is a service called Feedly.
I’ve been using it instead of Google Reader for about a month and on the web and on mobile, it’s a much better experience.
First and foremost, in the wake of the Google Reader change, Feedly actually imports your existing Google Reader feeds. So I’d head there now and start the migration. It pulls over exactly what you have on Reader — your folders, tags, etc., so you won’t lose anything.
Inherently, the user interface and navigation is superior on Feedly — you can mark categories as read, rather than all posts. You can easily save for later, share to your favorite social networking sites, log in with your Facebook and Twitter pages to see what your friends are sharing, etc.
And a bonus note on navigation — the mobile experience is phenomenal. I use Feedly on my iPhone and on my Google Nexus 7, which runs on Android, and both platforms allow quick and, frankly, fun features: short swipe to mark a single post as read, long swipe to mark entire page read, etc.
Speaking of “mark as read,” to me this is the single most important feature of Feedly — it’s completely customizable so you can mark everything above a certain point as read, posts older than a day/week as read, etc. Because I have so many subscriptions and so little time, I love being able to really keep track of what is new to me when I visit.
You also control the layout — you can have a magazine style, or view in a mosaic/tiled page (those are just a few of the options). If you make Feedly your default reader, any time you click on an RSS icon, the feed will be added to your listening station.
You can see how many subscribers a blog has, see recommendations based on what you’ve read, etc.
I wholeheartedly endorse Feedly, and planned to urge you to make the switch before Google Reader kicked the bucket. So it’s my recommended option for moving your RSS feeds with no muss, no fuss now.
P.S. I’ve already started moving my own feed/RSS link away from Feedburner, which is another Google product. Look for my how-to post soon, but spoiler alert: I’m moving to FeedBlitz.