Last week, Google announced that it would be shutting down Google Reader on July 1st of this year, much to the dismay of many long-time users. This cut, Google says, is just one part of a much larger wave of cuts which Google has labeled its “Spring Cleaning.”
So what are internet users to do without the use of their “go-to feed aggregator”? Glen Tickle, a writer for Geekosystem, suggests “dumping Google Reader and switching to Feedly.” In fact, that seems to be the solution for most users who, in the days following the announcement, have joined in a digital mass migration to Feedly numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
The comparatively small RSS reader is making a massive effort to keep up with the influx of users caused by Reader’s shut down. In order to keep up with the flood of new users, Feedly has said it will be adding new features. Moreover, Feedly’s official blog has stated it will be taking suggestions from new users about what kind of new features they would like to see. Long-time users of Google Reader will have some adjusting to do to get acclimated to the Feedly user interface, which is, arguably, a far cry from the simplified and “bare bones” layout of Google Reader. Still, with Reader shutting its metaphorical doors in a few months, Feedly seems to be as good an alternative as any.