By far, my least favorite part of using technology and web tools as much as I do in my daily life is knowing that what I rely on today could easily be gone tomorrow. Between acquisitions feature changes and developers trying to figure out how to turn a profit, it is never wise to get too attached to any particular site or tool.
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This sad reality hit hard tonight. I logged on to Google Reader to scan the articles I missed during the day and to my surprise, I got a nice little pop-up notification that Google was retiring Reader as of July 1, 2013.
I don’t know about you, but Google Reader is a way of life for me. I use RSS to scan about 100 websites and at least 2,500 articles daily to stay up on top of industry news. Google Reader plays a big role in helping me do this.
Thankfully, Google did give us a handy tutorial on how to download your Google Reader data and cNet gives us five RSS alternatives. I am going to try a few of these out and post again in the future with my recommendation, but I would love to hear what you use for RSS. Leave a comment below and let us know what you recommend.