Google’s decision to shutdown Reader on July 1 has left plenty of users miserable. While the service never managed to gain mass popularity like some social networks, it did have a sizable number of passionate users, users who probably subscribed to hundreds of feeds and spent time customizing those feeds according to their specific needs. If you’re one such power user and you’re not sure how to keep a hold of your subscriptions, and keep using them even after the July deadline, don’t worry we’ve got your back.
Getting back on your feet and preparing for a life after Google Reader will require you to do two things: acquire all your personalized data from Reader and then try out a bunch of alternative RSS readers to see which one suits your needs best.
How to Get Your Data Back
For Google Reader power users, nothing is more important than the mountain of data they’ve generated by using Reader for years. This personalized data includes subscriptions, read counts, favourites, starred items etc., all information that reflect how Reader was used and what are the user’s habits when it comes to RSS feeds.
To Google’s credit (which still does not absolve it of its evil, evil decision), the company has made it easy for current Reader users to export all of their personal data from Reader. In order to do so, you need to:
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