Google Reader Shuts Down Tomorrow! How To: Save Your Feeds and Categories

Earlier this year, Google betrayed us all announced that it was shutting down Google Reader. And that day is upon us, friends. On July 1st — yes, tomorrow — Google Reader shuts down forever.

Don't panic.
I got this.

I did a bunch of research trying to find a replacement and downloaded a bunch of apps to my tablet and smartphone, and I'll make this easy on you: there is only one that I liked.

For one simple reason: it keeps your Reader categories.

I have curated dozens and dozens of feeds over the years and have them sorted into 20 categories in Reader. And not a single other product I tried would import them. They kindly imported all of my feeds but left the categories behind. And I have zero interest resorting all of them; that's a lot of effort and a lot of time and I wanted a solution that would import them as-is.

Before you ask, "but did you try..." here are the apps I crossed off my list:
  • NewsRob
  • Pulse
  • Google Currents
  • Flipboard
  • NewsBlur
  • and a bunch more.
In the end, nothing compared to Feedly.

Here's why:
  • I can use it on desktop or Android. (Works for your iThing too)
  • It's light and fast to load.
  • Feedly has a magazine style look which is clean and easy to read. 
  • The mobile interfaces are simple with a lot of white space and I love the Flipboard-style swipe action to easily move between articles. 
  • The "Today" option allow me, since I curate so much content, to only parse through what's been added in the last 24 hours.
And most importantly: 

It imported my categories. All 20 of them, with feeds properly sorted.

So, if you haven't fallen in love with your own reader app yet, I suggest you high-tail it over to Feedly *right now* to import your Reader. 

Because tomorrow will be too late.

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