Showing posts with label The Old Reader. Show all posts
Showing posts with label The Old Reader. Show all posts

Monday, July 29, 2013

The Old Reader Announces Shut Down for All Except a Select Few

The Old Reader was one of the many Google Reader alternatives that I tested earlier this year. I liked it enough to name it one of my five favorite Google Reader alternatives. I was prompted to try it after meeting a few readers at a conference this past spring so I know that at least a few of you out there like The Old Reader too. Unfortunately, today the creators of The Old Reader announced that they are closing the service next month. They have stopped taking new registrations and next month with close the service to all except for a select group of private users (they'll notify you if you're selected). In the announcement they stated that they'd rather provide "an awesome service for 10,000 than a crappy one for 420,000."

Current users of The Old Reader can export their subscriptions as an OPML file to import and use in another RSS reader service. According to the announcement on The Old Reader blog, you will have two weeks to export your OPML file. The OPML export link is located at the bottom of the Settings page — use the top-right menu to get there.

If the closure of The Old Reader leaves you looking for a new RSS reader, take a look at this list of alternatives

H/T to The Next Web

Friday, May 17, 2013

The Old Reader - A Google Reader Alternative That Looks A Lot Like Google Reader

Ever since Google announced that Reader will be shut-down on July 1 I have been recommending Feedly and Flipboard as alternatives. Both of those services use a magazine-like format to display your RSS subscriptions. Some people like that while others wish that they could stick with the old Google Reader lay-out. If you prefer the old Google Reader interface you might want to try The Old Reader.

The Old Reader is a free service that you can use to subscribe to RSS feeds and read all of the latest content from those sources in one place. So that you don't have to re-subscribe to the blogs that you love, The Old Reader will allow you to import your Google Reader subscriptions. You'll notice that The Old Reader looks and acts very similarly to Google Reader. The Old Reader will allow you to share posts, write notes about posts appearing in your account, and organize your subscriptions into folders.

Applications for Education
You don't need to be fanatical about subscribing to blogs the way that I am, but it is important for personal professional development to have a collection of blogs and websites that you follow for education news. The Old Reader makes it easy to subscribe to blogs and read them at your leisure.