My apologies to any of you who follow me on Twitter, but the news about Google Reader going away hit me pretty hard. Yes, I realize that Google is a business, not a charity, but this one hurts. I chose Google Reader after my previous reader (Bloglines) also gave up the ghost and have cultivated my feeds pretty carefully (see my extended blogroll for the lion’s share).
Me, I have more than 600 feeds in my Google Reader feed. But way more important to me are the nearly 300 or so of you who have Weight Maven in your Google Reader feed!
The good news is that there are options for migrating to another service. My suggestion though? Don’t rush to switch to another reader just yet. I’m going to wait a bit and see how the dust settles. I’m not optimistic that Google will give Reader away (apparently much of it is too close to their valuable search intellectual property), but you never know (and major props to Yahoo for saving Delicious this way!)
I also think it makes sense to see who comes out of the woodwork. The news that Digg is getting into the reader space is particularly encouraging to me. I’ll make another post on this subject closer to Google’s July 1 “drop dead” date for those of you who may be in the same boat.
And word to the wise: start thinking about backup plans for any service you use religiously. I am kicking myself that I did not export my feeds from Google Reader more frequently. When I went to do so last night, the nice export I was used to using was gone, replaced by Google Takeout (stupid name) that had data in it for me that was several months out of date.
As I said on Twitter, “fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice …”