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46 Days Until D-Day
By: Mike Bush
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46 days. Excluding today, it’s about 1,100 hours. 

That’s how long we’ve got left with Google Reader as an option, because as discussed previously here on Flack Me, the service is shutting down on July 1.
 
Paul Miller, an analyst for GigaOM Pro, recently mentioned on Twitter an article he had read about a potential replacement put forth by Stephen Foskett. Foskett's approach highlights a pair of tools that can combine to create a sort of Frankenstein-Reader-Replacement. I haven’t tried this approach yet, but it’s on my to-do list.
 
Also last week, David Pogue at the New York Times gave what can only be described as a glowing review of Feedly (the piece ends with ‘Feedly is what you needly’…). 
 
Pogue describes Google Reader’s capabilities as “…an online newspaper you assemble yourself from Web pages all over the world.”
 
A smart guy I know once said:

 “Google Reader made me realize that I could build a real-time newspaper that catered each section (Headlines, Business, Technology, Sports, Gossip and the Comics) to exactly what I was looking for.”

 That guy and Pogue seem to be in agreement.
 
However, there’s one huge point of interest for me that wasn’t addressed in Feedly (or the NY Times review), and in using it for the past week, has created a real challenge:

 So far as I can tell, Feedly doesn’t have the ability to search for content within feeds.

Sticking (again), with the (now-officially-played-out) newspaper comparison, Reader had the ability to store every article in its feed like a Hoarder, with Feed-wide search available virtually instantly. (Go figure, a Google product with Search baked in). Writing an article about Google Reader and wondering what else has been written by the people you like to read? Great, so search for it, and you’ll have plenty of options. Feedly doesn’t have this, and it’s been very difficult to get used to not having this function.
 
In addition to Feedly, I’ve also tried The Old Reader, which is nice, but seems to run slow and doesn’t (yet) have mobile apps. I’m rooting for the folks at The Old Reader, because once it improves load times and has the ability to work effortlessly on iPhones and Android tablets, I’m likely to make this home.
 
I also tried TapTu, but it just didn’t seem to fit what I was looking for (I could be mistaken, but TapTu felt more like a discovery site than any of the alternatives).
 
In short...I’m still looking for my Google Reader Replacement, while holding out hope that Google reconsiders their decision.
 
Let me know in the comments if you’ve found something that works for you.


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Mike Bush is a PR and Marketing freelancer with more than a dozen years of experience in the field. Find him on and connect Twitter @mikebush or at www.mikebush.nyc. 
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