Google reader is retiring and I'm upset.

I stalk follow a lot of blogs and google reader was the easiest tool to use out there. It had a simple template and nothing flashy- perfect. According to the blog post above, the reader retiring since the usage of Google Reader is down which kind of scares me. Will they someday retire Gmail or Blogger if people don't use them as much as Google wants us too? I feel a bit threatened and makes me want to not use google products so much anymore.

For now I found another tool that I've been trying out since last night. It's called feedly and let's you import your Google Reader feeds with a click of a button. What's even better? They were ready to respond with Google Reader's retirement:

It's this great?

And this is how it looks like when you log in.

It still has the categories and 'stars' (it's called 'saved' in feedly) I made with the Google Reader so I don't feel like I lost anything. I don't like the magazine layout but I was able to change the view mode into 'Full Article' at preferences. You can also change the themes (which is just changing the background colour) or what you see on the front page when you come online. I changed mine up a bit after taking this screenshot. It also has an app for IOS & Android which I haven't tried it out yet.

Overall, I like feedly so far. It's a bit fancier than Google Reader but I'm sure once I get the hang of it I'll like it just as much.

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