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Google Reader, Netvibes, Podcasts, Feedly…oh my!

Update July/13: Digg Reader came out, it’s what I’m using now!


So I wasn’t totally devastated when Google Reader decided to go under, I mean, I rarely load it up anyways…and I usually only visit, what, five feeds? They’re in my “Favorites” folder and it’s pure convenience. I’d rather just bookmark a site and check it out from time to time anyways. The design and layout of a Website really bring out the person blogging, and I like that  (for example, MATT MULLENWEG) over loading up Email looking applications. But, the decision to take down Google Reader did have a slight affect on me in one area: Podcasts!

Podcasts

First, let me explain that I have a problem with getting information from Websites feed into a newsreader. You miss out on the Website! It’s a piece of art and someone cough designs those layouts for you. But, I don’t feel Podcasts are the same, here’s why. With a Podcasts you’re essentially an ongoing album of audio content, or at least that’s the way I feel. Yeah, some site’s design nice sites to wrap your listening experience in, but because of the nature of “listening” to a post instead of reading it, I want to hear it on my phone, or tablet, or computer, or whatever overgrown toaster I have in front of me. I also don’t want to go zooming and swishing around a poorly-designed site for a downloadable or stream-able audio file. Plus, how people embed audio content is a mess right now and who know what-what works, right? I guess I’m being a bit of a hypocrite  but I just don’t like consuming podcasts using typical Web pages.

Move em out!

So, I did need someplace to place my overgrown subscription of feeds (that I don’t really use anyhow). I’ve been experimenting with Feedly for awhile, but I just haven’t become comfortable with it. But, for now, that’s where they’re staying. I did also import my subscriptions to Netvibes and I’d have to say it’s the best “reading” alternative there is…if you’re looking for the closest thing to Google Reader.

But, I’m still on the hunt for a good Podcast tool that works and syncs on all my devices and gives me a simple list of new items like in Google Reader. I’d like to stream most of the time but download for road trips as well.

 

Backup and save your feed content using Google Reader & Mozilla Archives

So, today I wanted to go ahead and backup the content from my Google Reader. What I do is subscribe to my own websites, and my Facebook feeds, my Twitter Feeds, etc. Why? Because, say you want to save all your Twitter posts in a convenient file or archive (every single one). What you would have to do is click ‘more posts’ on the bottom of the page over and over until you get all your tweets. The same for your blogs, and Facebook updates, etc. But, because most of these sites use RSS, and Google archives each and every entry (Twitter, for instance, will only let you go so far back), you can load them all up on one page and save them.

This is how I do it (watch video to see what this actually does):

  1. Make sure you install Mozilla Archive.
    It is going to let you save the entire page (with nothing missing) as a file you can load up on your browser, with all the content, faithfully; even offline.
  2. Load up Google Reader and select the feed (or folder, which is what I do all the time) you want to backup.
  3. Start to scroll down to the very last entry.
    Google Reader, by default, loads up more posts as you scroll down until you’ve loaded them all. To cheat, just middle click your mouse and get the scroll lock feature and let it scroll down automatically. Go grab some coffee, talk to a friend, watch a few YouTube movies to pass the time.
  4. Then File > Save Page as Archive.

It’s the best way I have found to backup your online life. I also save entire blogs this way too, so when offline, I can reference the information later (given they don’t use exerpts).

Note that the backup is going to only go as far back to the date you subscribed to the feed. Because of this, anytime I start a site, or start a new service that supports RSS, I subscribe to it and add it to a ‘backup’ folder in Google Reader.