It really shouldn’t be any surprised that Google axed Google Reader yesterday. Granted you’ll have use of it up until July but after that you can wave good-bye to a very old and dear friend.
It’s VERY unfortunate they choose to do this and it really shouldn’t come as any surprise considering the Feedburner fiasco a few short months ago (I won’t get into the possibility of Feedburner disappearing at some point from the US as this is a post about Google Reader).
Google has become more and more of a marketing tool and that’s an unfortunate event. I imagine their logic behind closing down Google Reader is to get people to move towards Google+ which hasn’t quite taken off as much as they’d like. Forcing people to follow their favorite blogs and sites via Google+ is a hope that it will somehow at some point become an industry standard I guess but Twitter kinda has the market share here.
But I digress because if I get into Authorship, Google Panda Updates, and axing such great services such as Feedburner and Google Reader I’ll have your ear all damn day.
The moral of this story is before long you’ll have to start exporting your RSS and followings to a new reader. Discussions of Feedly and other readers are on the horizon but courtesy a reader’s tweet today I’d like to direct you to www.theoldreader.com.
It’s early I know, you’re thinking I still have until July to make the change, but please do start shopping a new reader before that time. Google allows you to easily download an archive of your feeds and if you decide to go with Old Reader you can easily import the list (most other reader’s will let you do the same).
I offer my comfort to you while we mourn this great Google feature. It’s unfortunate the Google of yesteryear is more about marketing than the user experience and the small fries.
P.S. Please keep in mind Old Reader is getting hit hard today as are other RSS sites so if importing doesn’t work at first just give it a second as the Internet is chaotic today after the news of Google Reader’s demise hit.
Just a quick note…I had to approve three hundred some odd comments today. I let them get VERY backed up and I don’t see myself replying as quickly as I’d like. So, so sorry! Thank you for talking to me daily. I apologize but Feb was a busy month for me and things got out of hand!
If you asked something important please feel free to repost it.
I’m also VERY behind on e-mail. Thank you for all your messages! I appreciate them more than you’ll ever know! They are food for inspiring me on Musings of a Muse so are your comments!
I just wanted to give you a heads up on the comments as I apologize if I failed to reply, just means I got super busy!
I also wanted to update that all giveaways aside from the Tarina one are closed now and winners have been alerted. I have three pending prizes (two gift certificates and one nail set) that will be mailed out later this week and I’ll be all wrapped up on that. If you haven’t yet gotten your prize, don’t worry, it’s on the way!
I hope everything is going well in your universe and you’re having a great week so far!
Don’t forget, my Tarina giveaway is still on! If you haven’t entered to win do click over and join up! Good Luck!
We’ll all talk very soon I’m sure.
Feel free to use this post as an open forum and let me know what’s new for you!
Ok, so the idea of Pinterest is simple. See a photo of something you love on the Internet and want to share with the masses or friends? Pin it!
I remember having a massive bulletin board above my desk when I was a teenager which I popped photos on, concert tickets, awards, etc…all stuff that just reminded me of great times in my life. Pinterest is kinda the same idea but in a virtual format.
A few months ago I thought it was kinda of a dumb idea. I mean who has time for another social media outlet? But I’m here to say it’s positively addicting.
I had to approve a gazillion comments today. I was WAY WAY WAY behind replying and just needed to get them approved and out of the way.
If you asked something in particular and I failed to reply please please please go ahead and ask again. I’m so sorry but sometimes I get a little overwhelmed and can’t get to every single one which results in me letting them pile up…eep!
Please forgive me.
Thank YOU so much for taking time out to comment. Greatly appreciate it. Now that I have a fresh start hopefully I can keep up this time
Just a quick word…I’m very behind on comments. I have about 800 some odd comments to get through. I’m going to try really hard to make a dent in those this week so if you haven’t heard a reply from me that would be why.
Likewise for for emails and tweets!
Giveaways from Christmas are now closed, obviously right? I’ll be selecting and alerting winners this week. Between New Years and being sick I didn’t have a chance to get through all the comments on the giveaways so I was delayed getting winners posted.
I’m also behind on reviews. When you’re sick makeup doesn’t always look so fab especially with a red, running nose, dry cheeks, chapped lips, etc….! So I didn’t really do many posts that contained reviews last week. Hope to redeem that this week!
I hope you’re all ready for a good week ahead. I have a ton of reviews upcoming for you and plenty of news on Spring 2013 launches.