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Replacing Google Reader in 10 Minutes

RIP Google Reader.

Even though all evidence pointed to it, I hoped it wasn’t going to happen.

Here’s my coping mechanism: OpenShift + Tiny Tiny RSS

I installed the Tiny Tiny RSS aggregator and reader using an +OpenShift  quickstart +Gunnar Hellekson put together.  If you already have an account, you can have your Google Reader replacement up in running in 10 minutes.

Step 1: Quickstart: https://github.com/ghelleks/Tiny-Tiny-RSS-quickstart

Step 2: Export everything from Google Reader https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader

Step 3: Upload the subscriptions.xml file (found in the exported archive from Step 2). If you’re only reading through the web. You’re done.

If you want to read on your Android devices, two more easy steps.

Step 4: “Enable external API” under general preferences on your newly installed Tiny Tiny RSS server so you can access the contents through apps.

Step 5: Download a reader for your Android devices.  I chose TTRSS-Reader. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=org.ttrssreader

Thanks to Gunnar for the OpenShift port, and Simo Sorce for turning me on to Tiny Tiny RSS.

I’ll miss you Google Reader.

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  • erich March 17, 2013, 9:33 am

    Update: Tried out Feedly and the Android reader for Feedly this morning. MUCH faster switching between articles, and a better UI than either the web or Android clients for Tiny.

  • erich March 17, 2013, 4:40 pm

    Point to TTRSS-Reader: offline reading.