Friday, July 12, 2013

How to get your Google Reader data for use with other feed readers?

Google Reader has now been discontinued. It was discontinued on 1 July 2013 and according to Google
All Google Reader subscription data (eg. lists of people that you follow, items you have starred, notes you have created, etc.) will be systematically deleted from Google servers. You can download a copy of your Google Reader data via Google Takeout until 12PM PST July 15, 2013.
Downloading Google Reader data is quite straight forward, all you need to do is visit this link to Google Takeout and you will see a page that shows the downloadable Reader data creation

Once it is done (ie. it shows 100% as in above image), click on Create Archive button and it will start creating archive, the process generally takes a few seconds to a minute maximum. Once done, you will see a window like this:

Simply click on Download button and download the zip file that contains your Reader data. Once downloaded, unzip it (by simply double clicking on it). Once the data has been unzipped, the file named "subscriptions.xml" is the one that needs to be uploaded on to third party reader websites when they ask for OPML file to import your data.

One awesome service that I just started using today and found it really satisfactory so far is: Feedly.

However, you must hurry up with this simple process of downloading your Google Reader data as the data is only available for download till Jul 15 2013, 12 PM PST after which the data will be deleted from Google's servers and will be no longer available for download.

Countdown has begun!!