For years I have been blogging from articles in my Google Reader, which is going away in a month. When I cut and paste the article URL from the reader, I get a Google shortcut like "http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Twistedsifter/~3/BohimNYue3Y/". This resolves to "http://twistedsifter.com/2013/04/strangely-similar-movies-released-around-the-same-time/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+Twistedsifter+%28TwistedSifter+%29". The links are written in my wordpress data base, in many cases, as the feedproxy version. So they depend on this Google service remaining live to work.
Does anyone know if the Google feedproxy servers are going away with Reader? If so, about a zillion links on my site are about to break. My hope is that Google uses these for more than just reader. Perhaps at Feedburner? (though if Google is bailing on RSS that might be next on the kill list).
I would normally just do a Regex search to fix this, but there is no systematic way to do it, you have to resolve the link and then replace the resolved URL. Someone seems to have an app for this, but I am not sure it is ready for prime time and I do not want to use it unless I have to. But once the servers are turned off, it will be too late.
Anyone know about this or have advice? Obviously, I have been trying not to use these feedproxy URL's if I can remember not to do so.
The other day I noted the impending death of Google Reader. Having started to survey the alternatives, I feel much better about the transition. But I did not fail to note a different implication -- that RSS has never really caught on as a syndication vehicle -- twitter and Facebook and I suppose Google circles are more popular.
Well, I am happy to to adopt technology where it makes sense. I loath Facebook as a personal tool (seriously, is there a worse laid out web page on the planet?) but my customers love it so we have adopted it enthusiastically as a business tool, using Facebook pages to create a dialog with our customers. Here is a good example of a great business Facebook page - people are doing our advertising for us.
In the same vein, I likely will never really be able to use Twitter like other pundits do, to fire off witty, biting remarks in 140 characters. I have trouble keeping post titles under 140 characters. But I am happy to use it as a syndication tool.
So, starting now (actually starting with the previous post), Coyote Blog posts will be tweeted out at twitter.com/coyoteblog and linked at facebook.com/coyoteblog. If that is your preferred way of discovering web content over RSS or just surfing the site itself, go for it. I am still working on Google, but that will come soon. By the way, for other bloggers interested, I am using the free version of Netscripts: Social Networks Auto Poster plugin.
PS- I am sure my friend Tom, who is driven to distraction by my typos and grammatical errors, would observe at this point that at least in 140 characters there is less room for me to make mistakes.
Perhaps I am the last one to get the word on this, but I have happily depended on Google Reader for years for my blog and news reading. Recommendations for an alternative would be greatly appreciated, but I am not optimistic anything will be a good replacement, particularly since I frequently use the simply link in Reader to Gmail to send stories to friends and family.
I blame Twitter.
Update: As an aside, Google's behavior here seems to be exactly the opposite of the fears people usually have vis a vis monopolies. Google gained a dominant market share by leveraging off other strong products and under-cutting prices (ie free). I would be thrilled if they did what monopoly-phobes fear, which is raise prices. I would happily pay, say, $10 a month to keep the service. But in fact, Google, having subsidized its way to market leadership, is simply liquidating.
Update #2: Lots of alternatives out there. In the end, this may be a positive since Google Reader had not really innovated much of late.
I want to thank Professor Mike Rizzo and members of the University of Rochester Alexander Hamilton [sic] Society for having me up to speak last week. I had an awesome time touring campus, some quality pub time with some of the students, some really good donuts, and then a speaking engagement followed by literally hours of questions and discussions. Here are some of us out the next day hiking the waterfront (Professor Rizzo is fourth from the right). This is at a "lighthouse" which I had expected to be some sexy Maine-type thing but turned out to be a 3-foot wide steel column with a blinking red light on top. We are on one of the breakwaters at the mouth of the Genessee River as it pours into Lake Ontario.
Professor Rizzo teaches four economics courses, including a couple of the introductory survey courses, and many students go out of their way to take all four, even if they are not even in the department. The group had an incredible vibe, the kind of student-professor learning group we all thought would be typical of college but most of us seldom actually encountered. It reminded me of Dead Poet's Society, except with economics rather than poetry and without the suicides.
In addition to being a popular professor, Rizzo also is a vastly outnumbered campus defender of individual liberty and economic sanity. I can't tell me how many kids told me they had been converted to the cause of free market economics by Professor Rizzo.
Professor Rizzo is also a constant campus gadfly on cost-benefit sensibility. Featured in an upcoming post will be a U of R solar charging station that was one of Rizzo's favorite targets. Which brings us to the issue of the group's name and why I keep writing [sic]. Apparently creating a new campus organization and 501c3 was way too costly, so they just piggy-backed on an existing group, despite the incongruity of the "Alexander Hamilton" name on a group generally dedicated to exploring small government.
I seem to be having some odd problem subscribing to his feed in Google Reader (all I get is Viagra Spam) but his blog is here: The Unbroken Window. Update: I could never get his feed to work for me so I burned a new one on my feedburner account. http://feeds.feedburner.com/UnbrokenWindow
Google is doing some sort of consolidation of Google apps accounts with other Google accounts. Apparently, in the process I lost almost all of my Google accounts. This means I lost all my feeds in Google Reader and I somehow have to rebuild the list, which likely will delay blogging for a while.
Update: I got it transferred, but it was a Kluge and all my starred posts I was saving to blog on are gone. I will try to see if those are recoverable, but my sense is that they are not.
Update #2: OK, I was wrong. I got all my starred items. What I did was go into the old Google Reader account (it exists with a special temp ID) and set up the sharing to make my starred items public. I then sent myself a link to those items, which I could then add as a feed to my new feed reader account. So now my old starred items show up as a feed in my new reader. I am sure the temp account will go away at some point, but I figure a way to preserve them or else at least blog on them before they are lost.
I love Google Reader, but over the last several days have had problems with hundreds, or even thousands of old, already read posts suddenly being marked "unread." Anyone else having this problem?
I am now past a saturation point on the number of feeds I have in my Google Reader account. It has gotten to the point that managing the queue has become a chore rather than a pleasure. Unfortunately, I seldom go more than a couple days before any one feed provides me with an article I would have been sorry to miss.
So, here is my request: Some of you bloggers need to start sucking soon so I can pare down my reading list.