Google Reader Dies This Week. What You Can Do to Keep Your Feed Coming…

Google Reader

For those of you who access Photography Bay via Google Reader, things are going to change on June 30, which is when Google is officially killing off Google Reader.

I’ve used Google Reader for years and was very sad to hear this news. However, there are some other options out there.

One of the best is Feedly, which is what I switched to. You can migrate your Google Reader account directly to Feedly with little more than a login. Feedly keeps your organization pretty close to the same and works much like Google Reader.

If you’re tired of dealing with RSS feeds, you can keep up with the latest stuff on our Facebook or Twitter accounts. Additionally, you can subscribe via email to have posts delivered directly to your email.

If you have another RSS reader that you prefer to use over Google, you can get Photography Bay’s feed URL here.

Photography Bay Subscription Options

Let me take a few moments to describe how you can subscribe to Photography Bay’s content and receive the same great news, reviews, rumors and more delivered for free to your email inbox or to your favorite “feed reader” using web technology called RSS.

RSS Feeds

Photography Bay syndicates its content for free through RSS, which stands for “Really Simple Syndication”, and is a very popular method for people to aggregate information from a number of websites or blogs. The syndicated content is often referred to as a “feed”, hence the term “feed reader” that you may have heard mentioned.

How to Use RSS

RSS availability is generally marked by an orange broadcast button:

Clicking on the RSS button will generally display the current feed along with subscription options. Try it here:

Subscribe to Photography Bay by RSS

In order to make use of RSS, you need to pick a feed reader or aggregator. Personally, I use Google’s Reader. It has many options through which you can sort your feeds by categories that you create and it is integrated with you Google account if you already have Gmail. If you use another web service for email, there is a good chance that your service provider also offers some type of feed reader service as well. For example, you can use MyYahoo to integrate your feeds onto your homepage.

You can also use other web services or even standalone programs to manage your feed subscriptions. A few worth mentioning are Bloglines, NewsGator, NewsGator Online and FeedDemon.

RSS vs. Bookmarking

Many Photography Bay readers will “bookmark” us in their browser Bookmarks or Favorites. Bookmarking is a great way to remember sites that you visit often or want to remember. The limitation with bookmarking, however, is that your browser doesn’t let you know when your bookmarked sites have been updated. RSS does. By using RSS, you can let the websites do the browsing work for you and update you when there is something new worth reading.

Email Delivery

In addition to or in the alternative of using a feed reader, many sites also offer the ability to have RSS content delivered to your email inbox as it is published or on a weekly basis. If you’re a big fan of email, you can choose this option on Photography Bay by clicking the following: Get Photography Bay delivered by email. The link is also available when you click the orange RSS button in the right sidebar.

Got Questions?

If you have any questions or concerns, drop a comment in below or shoot me an email at contact@photographybay.com. Otherwise, what are you waiting for? Subscribe to Photography Bay using RSS or Email delivery and let technology make your web browsing much easier.