You might not realise it, but if you’ve been using Google Reader as a shortcut to your favourite websites, you’ve effectively been engaged in a form of content curation. With Google Reader going to be gone from June 2013, it is time to think about exporting your RSS feeds (via Settings in Google Reader) so that you can import them into your new feed reader. The shift offers an opportunity to review your subscriptions, eliminate areas of duplication and perhaps discard some of subscriptions that are no longer of interest or that you are not reading on a regular basis.
Content curation alternatives for Google Reader
Depending on how you choose to consume your feeds, the following may be of interest:
Flipboard is an app developed for iOS and Android that you can use to create a magazine-style reading interface for Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your favourite RSS feeds. It’s easy to use and easy on the eye.
If you are using RSS to monitor industry trends or particular themes as well as or instead of RSS feeds, then Netvibes might be a good choice. It is visually attractive and easy to build “dashboards”. The basic service is free but depending on how you want to use Netvibes, you might need to pay for additional services.
Protopage is a relatively simple, easy to use reader with some basic widgets such as calendars, to-do list and a comment box and will import OPML files.
The Old Reader also reads OPML and will import your Google Reader subscriptions.xml provided that you have exported and downloaded it (which you do from “Settings” in Google Reader).
With plenty of individuals currently in the same boat, a useful idea might be to try out some of the services mentioned above and include “GoogleReader” when setting up your hashtag and subject watch lists.