The Old Reader (and the Blog Sidebar)

We sometimes complain about unnecessary resistance to change, but not all change is good. When Google Reader eliminated the share function, it was a nuisance. Now that Google Reader is getting ready to go defunct, many are equally frustrated.

Fortunately, there seems to be a viable solution already available: The Old Reader.

I’m not sure how long it has been offering something that is akin to a clone of Google Reader, but with old features still intact and here to stay for the time being at least. But many of us will be glad it is here now, when Google Reader is going to be vanishing. Thus far, it seems not only to do what I need it to, but even better than Google Reader had been.

In order to keep sharing select posts in the sidebar on my blog, I had to use a Google Chrome plug-in that restored the button that Google Reader had removed. The Old Reader, on the other hand, has that button integrated, which means that I can even share to my sidebar from my iPad.

It doesn’t seem to update feeds quite as quickly as Google Reader does, and I have not had consistent results with the search function. But with respect to the most essential features, it seems promising, and so I will be trying out using that and that alone for blog and other RSS subscription reading in the days and weeks to come.

I have long had a sidebar widget on my blog where posts I like on other blogs are shared for readers of my own blog. I will briefly leave both the old feed widget and the new one in the sidebar. But soon the old will be removed, to be replaced by one that posts from The Old Reader. And I’ll use that for the foreseeable future.

If you notice anything amiss, please let me know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=592003242 Jerome Herr

    Check out feedly.com , best replacement for Google Reader yet!

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      It doesn’t seem to have the feature of allowing selective sharing of individual posts to a shared feed.

  • shane

    I’ve been using Theoldreader alongside google reader today to see how it performs. Unfortunately while google reader keeps popping up with new feeds, when I open Theoldreader to read them, it still tells me I have no new feeds, when clearly I do. Maybe this is just it being much slower, but I’m not that impresses so far. It’s a shame because I really like everything else about it, but if I can’t trust it to deliver feeds efficiently(or maybe at all?) then I’ll have to revert back to feedly.

    • http://www.patheos.com/blogs/exploringourmatrix/ James F. McGrath

      I’ve noticed the same thing. It seems just to take The Old Reader a little longer to update feeds than it does Google Reader. I have not noticed anything failing to appear altogether.


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