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Jilted by Google Reader? Start Dating Again with These Alternatives
By: Christine Geraci
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Have you ever been in a relationship where you thought everything was going fine, where you felt secure and supported, only to wake up one morning to an awkwardly written note announcing your ass had been kicked to the curb?
That's kind of how I feel right now, after hearing the announcement that Google Reader is going away as of July 1
And apparently, a lot of other people feel like jilted Google Reader-lovers too. A change.org petition has been started in hopes of convincing Google not to do away with this handy feed aggregating tool. Hey, Google Reader may not have been the sexiest web tool out there, but it sure was satisfyingly useful. 
After so many years, it might be hard to fathom starting over (especially at your age). But I'm pretty sure you don't want to go back to the alternative: Hopping from website to website, reading content with no rhyme or reason or organizational folder list to call home.  Once you're finally ready to move on, here are some possible replacements to consider:
I use it and I like it. Once exclusive to Firefox, it's now available for multiple browsers. I think this is what I'm going to use from now on, just saying. It's like Google Reader, only prettier. The ultimate revenge. 
Sounds egotistical, but it actually looks like it could be fun to use. This tool puts all of your social media updates and news feeds in one place, making it easy to bookmark items and share with your friends.
I seriously had an a-ha moment when I downloaded this app and started using it two years ago. It's beautifully designed and offers the same basic RSS functionality. 
There's no web component, but as far as mobile apps go, it's pretty darn nifty. It's basically like a mash-up between Pulse and Totally.me. 
What alternatives would you add to the list?

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About the Author
Christine Geraci is the Social Media/Promotions Specialist at MVP Health Care in Schenectady, NY. Connect with her on Twitter @christinegeraci.
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