Blogging and Beyond - Week 11

Google Reader & Pinterest Analytics

Blogging and Beyond - Week 11Blogging And Beyond | Week 11

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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  • Samuel

    I totally agree!

    The sky is definitely not falling and those freaking out about this are ones that are not well informed!

    Please, always look for alternatvies to everything you have and do. Helps alot!

    I wasn’t even using Google reader :)

    Was using something else.

    • Ron

      I agree with you 100% Samuel, I never use Google Reader so really didn’t think it was such a big deal that they shut it down…obviously if it was used by a majority of people they would have kept it. No big loss really, at least in my eyes.

      • Brian D. Hawkins

        Thanks Samuel & Ron, I just posted about Feedly, the replacement pick for me, anyway. It looks like a lot of people were already using alternatives and a lot of people do’t bother subscribing to feeds at all.

  • Kim Meredith Smith

    Pinterest Web analytics getting some wonderful feedbacks, its reviews are all going good. Google Reader going to shut down soon.

  • Aasma

    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.

    • Brian D. Hawkins

      Thanks Aasma, Netvibes seems to be a popular choice as well.

  • Rashmi Sinha

    Thanks to Google, I’m using netvibes to read my feeds now.
    Simple and easy to manage. I guess we are too much Google addict. Just need to look beyond it.

  • Kabenlah Cudjoe

    When one door closes, another opens. The shutting down of Google Reader has open a lot of opportunities to other similar sites.

    • Brian D. Hawkins

      It’s true Kabenlah and that’s a great way of looking at it. Thanks :)

  • Ganesh J. Acharya

    I never used Google Reader much… I am safe. Anyway, I visited to download all my Google Reader data.

    • Brian D. Hawkins

      So you download and archive everything onto your computer to read Ganesh?

      • Ganesh J. Acharya

        Wish I could do that, it would have been a nice thing to do. I have seen a friend of mine literally collecting every article he thinks was useful. I have backed up the entire text of wikipedia twice.

  • Narender Goyat

    These both were surely the most trending topics of this week. Everyone was trying to rank these keywords.

    • Brian D. Hawkins

      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.

  • Arianne

    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!

  • Ana Hoffman

    Thanks so much for the shout, Brian!

    I am with you; I am really enjoying Feedly – not going back to the Reader even if it stuck around.

    Oh, did you notice they added the Reader button to the navigation menu on Google properties?

    • Brian D. Hawkins

      I didn’t notice that Ana but I’m with you, I wouldn’t go back even if they decided to keep it at this point.

  • Emilia

    I think it’s really sad that I haven’t even thought about getting to know what Google Reader is all about and then it’s gone. Such a waste. Thank you for sharing updates about Google Reader and the so-called Pinterest Analytics.

  • Rajkumar Jonnala

    this is a great idea. adding analytics to the google reader and pininterst great keep going

  • 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.

  • Rajkumar Jonnala

    great google analytics oin interest are more often used nowadays and this is also a good idea to develop the blog and to analyse it