Feedly Offers a Solution for Homeless RSS Feed Lovers

Google last night made the shocking announcement that it would be shutting down Google Reader in about four months' time. Though Google said the decision was made because usage has declined over the years, many die-hard users of the service are devastated that their RSS reader of choice is being put out to pasture.

Luckily, all is not lost, and there are solutions available for those not ready to give up their RSS habit. In a blog post published late last night, Feedly revealed that it has been expecting the Google Reader shut down for a while, and even preparing for it. Feedly says it has been working on a project that is a Feedly clone of the Google Reader API running on Google's App Engine. Feedly says this project, dubbed Normandy, will mean that when Google Ready shuts down in July, Feedly will 'seamless transition' to the Normandy back end. If you want in on the action, sign up for Feedly before the July shut down.

Google hasn't yet commented on the outcry from Google Reader fans but we'll keep you posted. In the meantime, if you're having trouble registering over at Feedly, you might want to try again in a few days. The site was forced to do upgrade bandwidth and add servers to deal with all the rush of new users. 

Of course, Feedly isn't the only Google Reader alternative -- there are tons of RSS readers out there. Share you favorite in the comments below!

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  • dxwarlock
    Reading the topic, I seriously thought this was about people that loved RSS feeds about homeless people, or homeless people that loved RSS feeds.
  • freggo
    Read it mostly to see how 'homeless' people can get RSS feeds.
    As for Google Reader... never heard of it until this article.
  • Michael Duff
    It really is a Google Reader clone and it's already working. I view full feeds that mark as read as I scroll. Feedly is the only service I've seen that duplicates that feature. Don't be put off by the magazine style view. You can make this thing look just like Reader in two clicks. Frankly I think it looks better than Reader. Their servers were overloaded last night but everything is working fine now.
  • 24oz
    just got Feedly works great.
  • shin0bi272
    dxwarlockhomeless people that loved RSS feeds.
    I was thinking the same thing. Then i remembered the 2.2 billion dollar government program to give cellphones to low income people (40% of which we find actually make too much to qualify but were given one anyway). Or the obama phone at obamaphone.net ... For the homeless person on the go I guess.
  • fatboyjim
    goodbye google reader, hello feedly =)