RSS Feeds: Switching to Google Reader
Posted on 25 Jul ’09 by Earl
Confession: I’m a bit of a RSS feed junky as I currently have over 400 feeds in my reader.
My reasons for so many feeds is I have many varying interests. I’m an Apple Mac fan, I love photography, I like new gadget news, I like to keep up with technical events on the web, I have friends with their own web sites/blogs, and I want to keep up with the technical/business/US/world news on the web. So I have a lot of feeds and the mix and number of feeds are constantly changing.
For years I’ve used the newsgator NetNewsWire client application for Mac OS X to manage, view and read the multitude of updates from these RSS feeds. I used it when it was a paid application and I continued to use it as a free application up until earlier this week when I decided to make the switch to Google Reader.
My reasons for switching are simple–I switched to keep things simple. I wanted to be able to have a consistent experience with my feed reading when moving from desktop to laptop and back. I know there are syncing capabilities within NetNewsWire, but I wanted to avoid another layer of complexity.
The technical part of the switch was easy, only taking a few minutes. I exported the feed subscriptions from NetNewsWire to an “OPML with groups” file and then imported that file into Google Reader. This gave me an identical setup of my feeds with the same groupings/folders–very simple!
After four days of using Google Reader I can now say I do like it and don’t feel the urge to switch back. There are differences from NetNewsWire but nothing that has been a deal breaker.
The biggest thing I miss in Google Reader is the ability to navigate through groups and unread items using the keyboard arrow keys. I haven’t found a way to do that with Google Reader.