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R.I.P. Google Reader

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Google Reader going away on July 1st, 2013

Niche marketers rely on a steady stream of new, niche-oriented content to fill their web sites, blogs and social media posts. For most business owners, it is a challenge to create that content, with many opting to curate existing content rather than creating from scratch.

One of the best ways to curate that content was through a wonderful, free service that has been offered by Google, called Google Reader.  With Google Reader you could selected specific RSS feeds from around the Internet and have them neatly, and cleanly, delivered to your email account on a daily basis.

Sadly, the folks over at Google have decided that  Google Reader is going away.  As of July 1st, 2013, Google Reader will be history.  I’m not a happy camper about this announcement. Google Reader has been a workhorse for me over the years and I will sorely miss it’s ease of use and clean, simple format.

Fortunately, there are some alternatives to Google Reader. Specifically, there is Newsblur, NetVibes, and Feedly. I have not explored either Newsblur, or NetVIbes, but have begun using Feedly and, I must admit, I am starting to get used to it.

So, while I will miss Google Reader, I am glad to see that there are some alternatives on the Internet which will performs many of the same functions. You’ve been a good friend, Reader. May you rest in peace.

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