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