June 7, 2013

It’s June & Google Reader’s July Cut Off Is Looming!

Google RIP

As many of you know Google Reader will be axed come July. Buh-bye! Gone! Fin! Google has so much going on lately I can’t keep my head from spinning. Most days of my life are spent cowering in fear to open my browser and load up www.seroundtable.com because it is NEVER good news.

Someone hold me.

Possibly the worst offense is Google cutting off Google Reader. I happen to be Team Google Reader! It’s such a daily part of my life and it hurts my feelings they think it’s a great idea to snap their fingers and make it disappear. The general idea is to migrate the herds towards using Google+ more but honestly, Google+ sucks and axing Google Reader will likely not make me make a move towards embracing Google+. Actually it just makes me hate Google a little more. Ok, not true, when Google is good it is very good but when Google is bad…it’s VERY bad.


If you follow me via Google Reader I’ll disappear soon from you. Let’s not lose touch and let’s not force you to use Feedly *cringe, shiver, revolting I just threw up in my mouth a little face*

Might I direct you to Ye Old Reader? Visit theoldreader.com and you can take ALL your current Google Reader subscriptions and plop them right into Old Reader.

It’s simple, basic, and has a very Google Reader-like interface. Simplicity for me is sometimes great and The Old Reader is exactly that, SIMPLE.

If you don’t use a reader no worries!

I’m causing trouble on all the other social media sites as well so you can follow me on:

Now take a moment to bow your head and have a silent moment for Google Reader.

I shall mourn her with you when the time comes to say good bye!

P.S. Happy Weekend by the way! It’s a cold, rainy one in Gotham but I have a ton of great plans for the weekend and I won’t let the weather get me down!

Exit post humming the imperial march.


About the Muse

Isabella MuseIsabella is just an average everyday geeky girl who doesn’t blend her eyeshadow correctly, wears too much blush, and hopes she never finds her holy grail products because she likes the thrill of the chase so much. Her mission is to bring you super honest reviews on makeup, skincare, fragrance and all things beauty. She’s in no way an expert on the topic and she sure as hell isn’t a super model. But she’s passionate about makeup and is seeking like-minded individuals that like pina coladas, getting caught in the rain, and ones that enjoy spending hundreds of dollars at Sephora without feeling buyer’s remorse. If you’re that person feel free to reach out and leave a comment or follow me on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Bloglovin‘.

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  • AnniLau

    Feedly is a pretty good reader too.

    Also, I can’t believe there’s been no GoT talk here! The Internet is in an uproar! :-p

    • the Muse

      it drives me bonkers…for some reason ๐Ÿ˜€ don’t hate me hehe! LOL did everyone not expect the Red Wedding or something!? It’s like NO one knew what was going to happen?! Even if you never read the books I would think that everyone had heard some reference to it somewhere and just knew it was coming! Sorry lol been so busy haven’t had time to throw some GOT goodies into my posts ;-D

      • Joy

        I’ve read the books but it was hard to watch the Red Wedding anyway. Gotta say though, it was way more excruciating in the book because the wedding was written from the point of view of Catelyn Stark. Which means the reader is inside Cat’s mind as she descends into madness.

  • Lissa

    Thanks so much for the Old Reader recommendation. I tried using Feedly but didn’t seem that similar to Google Reader. I’m a huge Google Reader fan as well and I still have no idea why Google decided to axe it. Bad move on their part. Anyway, I’m glad I’ll be able to continue reading your site. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • the Muse

      hi lissa! I don’t like feedly either ๐Ÿ™ it’s just a lot of everything in your face and not what I am used to as far as RSS. I’m old school I guess ;-D I think Google’s idea is to move people towards embracing google+ more and that’s just absurd…Google+ is so much of EVERYTHING in your face…I just don’t want to be that social to read blog posts/websites. ugh! anyway ๐Ÿ˜€ so glad you like old reader! You can backup all your subscriptions from Google Reader and upload them to old reader in a snap as well!

  • denise

    NOT going to start using Google+ for feeds, no matter what. Stupid move on their part.

    I started using ‘old reader’ the last time you mentioned it and I like it a lot. Very simple and straight forward. who needs bells and whistles in a blog reader?

    • the Muse

      yeah, bloglovin’ is an awesome rec ๐Ÿ™‚ I typically rely on old reader though for some reason…just like the interface.

  • Jen

    BlogLovin is quickly becoming a fave for me!

    Google HAS to push Google+ because social is starting to cut into search. A year ago, people “googled” everything, but now they realize they can go to Pinterest and search, or Yelp and search… and even go straight to the sites Google usually takes them to, like Amazon, and search in the site’s search box. They need Google+ to work so they have something to compete with Facebook, but the problem is that what’s good about Google+ is being done better elsewhere, and what’s bad about it is… well, just bad.

    My big issue with it is privacy. I work a full time job and run a lot of very different websites. I’m quite proud of all these activities, but I don’t necessarily want my employer to look at my site and think, “If she can spend that much on makeup, she doesn’t need a raise”, you know? Don’t want my readers on one website finding out about another and thinking, “Hmm, I thought she was cool until I found out her views/tastes and different from mine” or something. Google+ is determined that you must let everyone in the world know everything you are doing. At least with FB, you can anonymously administer a fan page for each of your websites or whatever, and control who can see your personal posts. I can’t figure out if Google+ has any privacy options like that or not.

  • Audrey C.

    Aw, so much Feedly hate! I thought I’d never get used to something other than Google Reader, but I actually quite like Feedly now. I still click on my Google Reader bookmark out of habit, though… it feels like saying goodbye to an old friend. :c

    I use gReader on my phone, though, and that has a great interface much like Google Reader on the desktop. The devs promise they’ll keep it going after Google Reader gets shut down, so fingers crossed!

    • the Muse

      agreed sad sigh…I use old reader but I still click on google reader lol! ;-D

  • Amanda

    Hmm. I feel like feedly is far more intuitive, the more I use it. The old reader is fine, if you loved reader. Unfortunately, for me, it just reminds me how clunky reader is, and how much smoother feedly is for me. Just wish it offered direct access through a browser, without a plugin.