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Google Reader & Pinterest Analytics

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There was a TON of news this week but I want to focus on just two issues; Google Reader’s shutdown and Pinterest’s launch of  Web Analytics. Both of these news items are pretty big and affect a lot of bloggers.

Google Reader Gets Google’s Axe

This one hits home for me personally because I use Google Reader daily but, like Ana Hoffman said, the The sky is NOT a-falling! I’m sure you have already heard that Google Reader will be shutting down July 1st, 2013.

There are plenty of alternatives (embedded below) and I decided to try Feedly. It took just minutes to setup an account, install their Android app and transfer ALL of my feed subscriptions from Google Reader to Feedly. It’s a little different but there are more options and I’m actually enjoying it a little better than I was with Google.

Google Reader to Feedly

Actual screenshots from my Galaxy S III

The Google Reader Back Story

Brian Shih, former Google Reader Product Manager, speculates that the project was killed because the Google Reader team would serve better elsewhere with their superior social sharing skills (I’m paraphrasing big time here). See the story on Search Engine Roundtable or on Quora.

Pinterest Web Analytics

Pinterest has made a pretty nice free service available for business accounts. Verified website owners now have access to insights on pins from their sites, as well as image stats like Repins, Visitors, Clicks, Reach, and Impressions. See Introducing Pinterest Web Analytics.

Your Thoughts?

Are You Affected By Google Reader? Have you found your replacement yet or do you even use RSS feed subscriptions? What are your thought on Pinterest’s Web Analytics?

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21 Comments (click here to leave a comment)

  1. Twitter: rancorinfotech
    Hi Brian,

    I’m now using “netvibes” to read my feeds. It’s also very easy to use and manage your feeds. As far as Pinterest Analytics is concerned, it’s certainly a good step but I don’t use it. So you can say it’s currently useless for me.

    • Twitter: HotBlogTips
      I don’t even bother trying for keywords from these huge news related stories Narender, I wouldn’t stand a chance. Blogging and Beyond, both here and in our newsletter, is our attempt at tearing away the fluff and putting out only what we think other bloggers would want to know about. I spend a LOT of time going over news stories and I understand that not everyone has the time to wade through it all.

  2. I’m quite new on Pinterest and it’s quite amazing how innovations like this come out so quickly. Thank you for sharing this information with us. Great job, keep it up!

  3. Saidur Rahman

    Absolutely right Brian. I as well like to use feed subscriptions from Google Reader to Feedly. But did not apply any more for my site. is it really work well?thanks for sharing me here.

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