Switching away from Google Reader

I have this “thing” about owning my own data. I probably won’t be a real user of Tim O’Reilly’s Internet OS. I like running my own mail server — not relying on Google for Domains, not giving Google more and more data to feed into their advertising. But I’ve been using Google Reader. I’m not sure what Google is doing with that information, but, well, I can run my own feed reader on the desktop. So I switched to Liferea. Besides nice things like task-bar notifications, integration with del.icio.us — or, with a SMOP, my own GotNoBlog — it allows me to pull RSS feeds that require authentication so that I can read LiveJournal friends-only feeds now. I’ve managed to reclaim a little bit of my data. Hurrah!

9 thoughts on “Switching away from Google Reader”

  1. The big advantage of Google Reader is that you can access it from almost every computer in the world, just from a simple internet browser. What would be perfect is a RSS feed reader that can be installed on a personal server. Can Liferea do that ?

  2. Tiny Tiny RSS

    If you want to stay with a web-based reader and have a web server to install it on, have a look at Tiny Tiny RSS (http://tt-rss.org). I switched to it from Google Reader and it has met all my needs so far. I believe it can also read RSS feeds that require authentication, but I’ve never tried it myself.

  3. TinyTinyRSS

    You might want to check out tiny tiny rss, this is a php based rss reader which is very nice. The pro’s:
    * You can run it on your own webserver, thus owning your own data.
    * You can pull rss feeds that authentication
    * When not on your desktop when using liferea you can forget about catching up on your feeds, with ttrss you just surf to your webserver and there you are…

    1. Re: TinyTinyRSS

      I’ll give TinyTinyRSS a look. It would be nice to have an always-available RSS feed, but at the same time, sometimes I *want* to forget about reading my feeds 😉

  4. I was on Liferea to begin with. Not because of privacy/data issues, but it’s just a desktop app that I don’t need to have a browser tab or a window for – sits in the tray just fine when I don’t need it, which is what I like.

  5. Firewall

    I would also like to switch to a client side tool, but Feedburner is blocked here so most of my feeds won’t work. Luckily Google Reader downloads them on their servers ^^.

    1. posh

      If you want to ensure POSIX-compliance in scripts, try the posh shell (posh package in debian/ubuntu). I was just told about it the other day, it looks neat.

  6. Hexmode,

    I used to use liferea but it drove me mad having synchronize data across machines. I’d have to mark articles read on all the machines.

    So I switched to using tt-rss. Solved that problem. Now they need a Blackberry client.

    -Rob

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