Tiny Tiny RSS solves Google Reader problem

As everybody knows by now, Google Reader is closing July 1st, 2013.  I’ve been using FeedDemon for my RSS news reading, and unfortunately it relies on Google Reader.  With Google Reader shutting down, the creator of FeedDemon, Nick Bradbury has indicated that FeedDemon will also be retired.

RSSSo what’s a geek to do?  I’ve been looking at all of the alternatives, but they all seem kind of poor.  Mr. Bradbury has suggested moving to Feedly, but I don’t really want to rely on another website that’s not under my control, and is probably using my reading habits to determine weird and wonderful things about me to sell to advertisers; “If you’re not paying for it, you’re the product”.

Luckily two wonderful posts over on TechRepublic have a really nice solution:

  1. Losing Google Reader? Try Tiny Tiny RSS instead
  2. Benefits of using Tiny Tiny RSS

They suggest using a very nice little tool called Tiny Tiny RSS.  The first link about discusses how to install it, and considering that I’m already running multiple WordPress blogs on Linux with MySQL, it took me less than 10 minutes to get up and running.

I was then able to export my collection of RSS feeds from FeedDemon into the standard OPML format, import them into Tiny Tiny RSS and all of my feeds were there!  Now I have my own secure website hosting all of my feeds that I can see from any device.

I did look around at other PHP-based alternatives, but Tiny Tiny RSS seems to be the most popular, and certainly application development seems very active.  Thanks Tiny Tiny RSS team!!

Robert

PS.  Another post with helpful and slightly more comprehensive setup instructions is here.

2 thoughts on “Tiny Tiny RSS solves Google Reader problem”

  1. Agreed Eddie.

    Unfortunately I’m only running Windows 8 on my laptop – it really disagreed with my aging (but still powerful) desktop. Nor do I have a smart phone (of any kind) yet. As I’m hopefully starting a new job soon I want access to the feeds from everywhere, so Tiny Tiny CMS is a very nice solution for me.

    Robert

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