RIP Google Reader, Now What?

Yesterday Google announced that it will be shutting down Google reader as of July 1st 2013. I used Google Reader to keep track and follow all of my favorite blogs online I also used it to archive my content via IFTTT and Diigo. Although I am a little upset about Google’s decision I realize that they were providing a free service and beggars cant be choosers. Below I walk you through how to export your Google Reader subscriptions and add them to Netvibes as well as getting started with Feedly which is an online magazine style RSS reader.

Exporting Google Reader Feeds

To get startedhere is a video on how to export your feeds using the Google Takeout Service:

Head over to Google Takeout:

Select “Choose Services”

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You will now see an option to select Google Reader



Select Google Reader and click “Create Archive”

You will now see a status bar that shows the progress of your export. When it is finished you can select “Download”


A file that has all of your subscriptions will now be downloaded to your computer.

Importing Google Reader into Netvibes

Netvibes is a service that puts your feeds into a widget like page.

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Here is a video about adding your exported feeds into netvibes:

Feedly, a great alternative to Google Reader

Here is a video on getting started with Feedly:


5 Other Alternatives (I have not tested)

If you have any questions or need help with any of the above solutions or have another tool that I have not listed please feel free to comment or shoot me an email at


TJ Houston

TJ Houston the Vice President of Managed services at Epiphany Management Group. TJ leads professional development in all areas of technology and loves developing ways to make teachers, students, and staff's lives easier with the use of technology. TJ also loves photography and his portfolio can be found at All of the views on this site are his own.