/ Alternative to Google Reader?
Anyway, I'm thinking of moving to Mozilla Thunderbird. Problem is is that it's a desktop client, so I'll have to have two accounts - one at work with the literature, one at home for the blogs and webcomics. I shall be following this thread with interest!
i mainly use net news wire on my macbook and feeddler on the phone if that helps.
my main gripe is that some blogs only seem to show the first few lines of text in NNW thus requiring my to open the post in my browser anyway....is this an issue with the app itself or are some blogs just set up that way to generate more page visits?
And while on about Google, does anyone know a good alternative to Google Scholar ?
I've just migrated to Feedly and the process is very easy--it's basically one click migration from Google Reader. The layout is different but I'm sure it will be easy to get used to!
I use flipboard on the iPad and apparently if you have set it up to use Google Reader then the migration will happen automatically! :-)
Really?! I use Flip board so will check it out--if so that's brilliant!
According to this, yes - http://inside.flipboard.com/2013/03/14/weve-got-your-rss-covered-save-your-google-reader-feeds-now/
In reply to Doug: I too wonder why they're doing this, they're a massive company and can surely maintain these things with a trivial amount of effort?
I might be able to help with alternatives to Google Scholar -what sort of thing are you using it for? How about pubmed, web of science, scopus etc? They all work reasonably well for me.
I actually think they must be investing in Scholar since it has got a lot better over the last 18 months or so. It used to be useless but is starting to become my first point of call for academic searches, and the profiles have been quite popular too. It's also good for monitoring citations to your own papers.
Doug / Jonathan:
"There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience."
I'd imagine it costs a lot more than you might think to keep it running. RSS isn't trendy any more and silicon valley is obsessed with new and trendy. So they're dumping it.
Until recently I was happy with Google Scholar but they keep making changes which annoy me- mostly trivial (eg max number of records is now 20 rather than 100) but enough to make me think of looking for alternatives.
but I suspect that there will be lots of other companies coming out of the woodwork with readers RSN.
This is why I'm so annoyed about the disappearance of Reader - I get my articles ASAP through the RSS feeds provided by the journals (at least all the ones I care about do this), and then the WoS citation alert two months later reminds me to update my bibtex file to replace the ASAP fields!
Nothing will change Google mind from what I've been reading as its death has been on the cards for a few years with at least a couple of near death experiences.... its all about Google taking on Facebook apparently. Social is where its at and for Google that means moving everything and everyone to Google+ Reader is apparently a niche product for geeks Google+ is for everyone.
Couple of other searches were similar so guess I won't be using PubMed as an alternative
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