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Google Reader, farewell

For years I have been using Google Reader to keep up to date with websites as I could read them when I had the time and I saw which sites where updated. Even if they were idle for months, so a dream for everyone who has a time management plan in place. Google Reader had a web interface, an API for third-party applications like Feedly and Liferea, but also an app for Android so you could check things when you were waiting somewhere. Until now as Google announced it will stop Google Reader in the summer of 2013. Some people try to revert this decision with a petition, but to be honest, I’m not going to wait and that may be sad as Google Reader was the reason I had a Google-account in the past.

That said, I already started to experiment with an alternative last summer and while it is still in development and misses some features the time has come to switch from Google Reader towards TT-RSS. As of today I imported all feeds into TT-RSS and removed also all feeds from Google Reader. The only feeds still in Google Reader are those for Google Listen and the time has come to start searching for an alternative. Google Listen is a podcast application, also discontinued, and will also stop working this summer. Maybe I’ll move all podcasts back to my desktop, but it was handy to have them on my phone so I could listen to them in the car.

For now, TT-RSS is a good self-hosted alternative with a web interface, applications for Android and Liferea has also an option to use your TT-RSS installation. Maybe I should spend some time soon to get OPML support just like in Liferea so that Planet-feeds aren’t needed anymore and will make message deduplication easier, but for now, it works and I can only say, Google thanks for all the fish. And to be honest I think my Google account will have the same destination as my Twitter account.

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Feeds farewell and thanks for all the fish

As my viewing port on the Internet has become an RSS-reader more and more during 2011 I also started to pay attention on the content presented. So during my Christmas break I’m going to remove some feeds from my RSS-reader. As side note, the compressed database dump grows with 1 megabyte between every 5 and 8 days now.

But the first feeds that have to go are websites or blogs that only present a snippet and hope you come to there website to continue reading the article. Some comments I have read why people do that is banners or hoping that you also read other content. For the first there are solutions to embed banners in your RSS-feed. The later is just b*llsh*t as that person is subscribed to your RSS-feed and how much more commitment do you want on reading your content?

What may be a problem is the experience people have reading your RSS-feed as a lot of sites, and yes I’m looking at you also WordPress, that do not include the right CSS in the feed. This is something that needs and can be solved. The other remark is notification and traffic and the question is if those are real issues with the use of a ping-servers and a distribution hubs. FeedBurner is one for example which can take the load of your website or blog. Load that was also there when they where forcing people towards your website.

I may sound hars, but I have to spent my time more wisely. With 125+ feeds in my reader and with a few of those being OPML-feeds it is really time to clean things up. It also makes me wonder how easy it would be to integrate certain features from Google Reader into TT-RSS to get figures how much you read and what you’re reading and what not. First the Christmas cleaning as it takes the backend about 30 days to stop fetching the feed after the last user unsubscribed.