I believe some people might have already heard that Google has already shut down their Google Reader. Some people might not know about it but the truth is…sadly, Google Reader is dead.
To be honest, I didn’t know much about Google Reader. I clicked through it but I have never really figured out what to do with it and I didn’t know much about RSS feed either. Actually, I have just truly learned how to use RSS feed only a few weeks ago after I was assigned to read the article “News 2.0?” for Online and Mobile Media class and it mentioned about the use of RSS. So I decided to try RSS since the best way to learn is to experience. But wait…
What exactly is Google Reader?
I found out that Google Reader was a program developed by Google that provide feed content reader function and yes, they used it as RSS reader.
So what is RSS?
RSS is official defined as Rich Site Summary, but it is widely known as Really Simple Syndication. RSS readers fetch the content from any website you want and put them into one feed. You don’t have to go to each website since RSS can grab all the contents into one place.
How to use RSS?
You need to have a reader program that can receive RSS feeds, in which there are a lot nowadays. Google Reader was one of them. I believe most of the web browsers offer the plug-ins/add-ons/extensions (whatever they called) feature for the users to get the RSS subscription. All you have to do is put the RSS link onto the reader program you are using and all the information will be fetched automatically.
I know many people still have a blank face after reading this. Well, I was like that before. I had no idea about RSS. It is pretty challenging to explain the use of RSS. But the thing is…you will see that in fact you might probably have already use RSS without knowing it. That’s why I said there is a bright future for RSS even though Google Reader is dead because there is a chance that everyone might have used one alternate reader already.
OK! Let me explain that,
I am Apple devices user. I have all the iProducts. It’s sound geeky I know! but the point is…I have been using one of the new RSS readers for a year. It’s the app called “Flipboard.”
I didn’t know that it functions as RSS reader. All I knew was that I can use it to read news, magazine, online articles and it can be linked to all of my social media accounts. But what really allured me to install the app was the interface of the app. It is really one of a few apps that genuinely look so cool. So I decided to download it. Plus! I have been telling everyone to use it because it is so convenient and it looks modern and organized.
This means that I have already experienced with RSS reader before I read the article. I knew it! Oh fool me! I didn’t know the concept of RSS so I thought Flipboard was just another cool app not the RSS reader. So what I have said before that I never knew anything about RSS was totally not true! It turns out that without knowing it I use RSS feed regularly.
So…what is Flipboard?
Flipboard is the content reader app that can connect to other social media accounts. The highlight is the interface of the app that looks similar to magazine which the user can actually flip the pages. The user can manage their own magazines and the source of content they would like to read just like how normal RSS reader works…but trust me. It looks so much cooler than others. Flipboard is now available for iPad, iPhone, Android, Kindle Fire and NOOK.
Not only Flipboard…
There are many other RSS reader apps for you to choose these days. Many apps has been mentioned in various articles after Google Reader was announced dead and their users have to find new alternate RSS readers. Click here for the list of some other of the apps that Google recommends.
Thinking about that, there really is a bright future for RSS. We have to thanks to all the newly developed technology that make our lives much more easier. Well, I am going to stick with Flipboard for now but you can choose whatever you like. But don’t forget to tell me if it is really awesome. I might relocate myself there.