For the last few years the most popular RSS reader by far has been Google Reader. In fact it was so popular that it pushed most of the others to either niche markets (people who really hate Google) or abandonment. if you’re not familiar with an RSS reader, it is in effect an easy way to follow updates from a web sit without having to visit the web site constantly. The site would publish a list of recently posted content that the reader would then check and let you know when a new item appeared. This could be new articles on a blog or magazine site, new comments, or even new releases of software.
Earlier this year Google announce that they would kill Google Reader effective July 1, 2013. That’s now just a few days away and since some readers of this site do use it too keep up, I’d like to point out a few alternatives. First you can look at a replacement for Google Reader. A few always were around and a number of new products appeared after the announcement of the end of Google Reader. For those you can simply import your Google Reader settings to the new program or add the feed into your new reader and keep business as usual. I’ve personally moved to NewsBlur, but also am interested in Feed Wrangler from trying it.
If you’re giving up on RSS, or have no idea what it is, then you can also keep up with new posts by following me on Twitter or through my Facebook page. Posts here should always be linked to from both locations. In addition you also get the occasional snarky comment as a bonus.