There was a time not too long ago (like when the shutdown was announced), that this would have had me screaming foul play, but things are different now.
I have been set free.
Only in this post-Google Reader world can I see what an albatross round my neck it actually was. Checking it every day felt like work. If I was offline for a day or two, I couldn’t face attempting to sort through the mess that would await me. Yes, I subscribed to too many high-volume feeds, but even managing the feeds I subscribed to was daunting. It’s part of the reason why I still have accounts in a number of Google services, I feel tied to the legacy I have within them. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still very much in the ‘pro-RSS’ camp, and to that end, I couldn’t be happier with my switch to Feed Wrangler.
I won’t be doing a full review, there are already comprehensive reviews out there, you should read them. It’s actually a casual pleasure to browse my RSS feeds now, innovations like ‘Smart Streams’ are the kinds of forward steps that we would never have taken (the royal ‘we’) without the fall of the all-conquering Google Reader.
Like Marco, I am very optimistic about the future. I can’t wait to see what our community comes up with in reponse to the next beloved service that Google decides to sunset.