Google Reader is going away…

So I’m sure this is old news to a lot of you, but Google Reader is going away on July 1, 2013.

This is incredibly sad for me. As an early adopter of all things Google, I have been using GR for years now. My system for saving recipes includes adding a star and tags to indicate the kind of recipe it is. GR is the first place I go when trying to decide what to make next…

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You may be wondering what I’m going to do to replace Google Reader. Based on the reading I did, I decided to go with Feedly, although I have encountered some bugs with it already…

Here are the issues I have had:

First, upon importing my data from GR, it imported my folders, but not my tags. As I mentioned above, I have a TON of posts tagged. Hundreds. Maybe even thousands. This was potentially a deal breaker for me until I found some help in the comment of this article. Following the instructions listed HERE, I was able to copy and paste my tags into Feedly. Score.

However, the next time I logged in to Feedly on a different computer, the tags weren’t there again. To fix this, I simply opened Feedly on the computer I had first loaded the tags in to, copied them and emailed them to myself. Annoying, but easy enough to implement.

So once my posts were reflecting their tags, I was ready to start using Feedly instead of Google Reader. However, I found that I had to log in every time I went to use it. Even though I use Google Chrome with the Feedly extension. When it did log me in, my tags and the preferences I had set for the appearance were gone again. This issues seems to have gone away recently, so maybe Feedly has been getting some updates

At this time, I’m going to continue to try to learn to love Feedly. But really, I just wish Google Reader wasn’t going away…

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10 Responses to “Google Reader is going away…”

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    Liz — June 16, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this! I have also been using Google Reader for some time and am very sad that it is shutting down. Thanks to your very helpful instructions I set-up my Feedly and was able to get all of my tags moved over. Thanks again!!

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 7:29 am

      So glad this was useful for you! I had such a hard time with the tags in Feedly. I was about ready to give up when I found the comment to fix it.

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    Amanda B. — June 17, 2013 at 9:09 am

    Oh my god- I am SO upset about this!!! I’ve been putting off moving to another reader and using GR til the BITTER END. Thankfully, I don’t really use the tags (I pin recipes instead), but I’ve got a bunch of posts starred that I should probably do something with.

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 9:34 am

      Like adrienne said below, Feedly will import your starred posts, so that’s good.

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    adrienne — June 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    Ugh I KNOW! I went to Feedly early and I’ve started to feel pretty settled in it but it’s certainly no google reader.

    • beantownbaker — June 17th, 2013 @ 9:35 am

      The one major thing it’s missing is multiple tags! It drives me crazy. Like I had this cake tagged in GR as “cake”, “chocolate”, “myBirthday” and in Feedly I’d only be able to tag it with one of those things. Grr…

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    adrienne — June 17, 2013 at 9:28 am

    oh and amanda – feedly imports your starred items!!

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    Anne — June 18, 2013 at 3:39 am

    I have a lengthy post grousing about the disappearance of Google Reader as well.

    I have gone over to Feedly as well, and though I don’t love it yet, I am satisfied with it.

    I didn’t have a lot of tags, though I had many starred posts that I “was going to do something with one of these days.” Since the announcement, I’ve bookmarked all my starred posts instead, and plan to implement some system there in the future. (Oh, being a librarian – I have to organize things…)

    I tried importing the recipes to Pepperplate, but that only works quickly for those sites that have agreements with Pepperplate.

    In Chrome I have added the Google reader “theme” expansion to feedly, so it looks more like the old Google Reader.

    I know that I am not going to use Google’s services Google+ or GoogleNow for anything like this though, because who knows when they will disappear.

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    Natalie — June 21, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Have been shopping some of the other options, there’s a feeder called The Old Reader ( that allows you to import your Google RSS. Operates in a similar manner but a bit on the slow side.

    • beantownbaker — June 21st, 2013 @ 11:51 am

      Oh I’ll have to check that one out – thanks!

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