Some might say that we’re a tad psychic here at Springshare. Others might say we’re a bit wackadoo. In fact, both of these groups are right! When we heard that Google is retiring their RSS feed aggregator tool, Reader, on July 1st 2013 we weren’t a bit surprised. We anticipated that something like this might happen when we started noticing issues with the way Google was processing feeds last year and that’s why we moved all of our RSS processing within LibGuides to an in-house system rather than being based upon Google Reader.
What does this mean for your LibGuides system? Absolutely nothing! Your LibGuides RSS box type will remain unaffected by Google Reader’s shutdown. Our powers of psychic detection are strong. And yes, we do know what number you’re thinking of. It’s seven right?! <wink>
Some of you might rely on Google Reader for personal use – feeding your Springshare Support Blog into your Reader accounts so you can always stay up-to-date on all the Springy-happenings. Just so you don’t miss all the latest & greatest, bring your Springshare Support Blog subscription with you when migrating into a new feed aggregator tool. Or, sign-up for email alerts! Just navigate to support.springshare.com and input your email address. Blammo! It’s that easy.
Now, where did we put that crystal ball?!
I was using Google Reader to create bundles of journal feeds for the RSS boxes on our subject guides. Any suggestions for a new service that will also create a single atom/RSS feed from a folder or group of feeds? I’ve been investigating new readers and haven’t yet found one that will do this. I’ve looked at the Old Reader, Bloglines, feedly, FeedDemon, and others with no luck.
This is a great question and one, unfortunately, we can’t answer. We can’t recommend any Google Reader-like alternatives as we’d hate to put our recommendation on a tool that may, or may not, last. As you continue to investigate alternatives, we’d love to hear them! Feel free to post your notes in this post’s comments for our readers.
All the best,
The Springshare Team