June 20, 2013 3:20 PM Subscribe
posted by Rhaomi (148 comments total)
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With the deeply unpopular shutdown of Google Reader
less than two weeks away (previously
), plenty of would-be replacements have jumped into the mix, including the newly web-based Feedly
, and possibly even Facebook
(a particularly bitter irony, as obsession with defeating Facebook
has been the alleged impetus behind CEO Larry Page's abandonment of beloved Google hallmarks like 20% Time
, Google Labs
, and open platforms like Reader
But while there's no shortage of attempts to replicate Reader's look and feel, there's one little-known aspect that none can match, and that will be lost forever come July 1st: the vast cache archive of every article from every website, living and dead, that has ever been subscribed to in Reader
This immense collection of tagged, organized content, the foundation of Reader's powerful personalized search, cannot be exported with Google Takeout
. Luckily, the unofficial API provides a way to siphon this data safely into local storage.
Labnol.org offers a simple text form
to convert any RSS feed into a JSON list of stored content (more info)
, while Archive Team is mounting an ongoing crowdsourced effort to discover and save as much content as possible before it's destroyed
. If there's any old site with an RSS content stream you'd like to save -- an old personal blog, a defunct website, anything that's obstructed by paywalls, formatting errors, poor organization, or hard-to-find content -- act now... before it's too late.
The Guardian: Killing Google Reader is like killing the bees: we'll all be worse off
It's a mistake to think that just because a small number of people use a product that they don't matter - and Google's attempt to push Reader users to Google+ is a mistake too.
TechCrunch: What If The Google Reader Readers Just Don't Come Back?
Forbes: How the Shutdown of Google Reader Threatens the Internet
GigaOm: Google Reader lived on borrowed time: creator [Ed: and Mefi's Own] Chris Wetherell reflects
Google Reader was doomed to fail from the very beginning: the company never really believed in it and it took big effort on part of a small team to make it work. Chris Wetherell, original creator & part of the Reader team reflects on past & the future.
MuleRadio Podcast: You Have One (1) Unread Eulogy In Your Feed
Jason Shellen, part of the original Google Reader team, joins Mike and Leah to talk about the recent announcement of Readers’ death sentence. We also discuss why Reader and RSS get conflated, whether the window for consumer adoption of RSS has passed (spoiler: It has), and whether social media is the right tool to carry the upcoming load.
James Whitaker: "Why I Left Google"
The Google I was passionate about was a technology company that empowered its employees to innovate. The Google I left was an advertising company with a single corporate-mandated focus.
Could Firefox be next?