RIP Google Reader. The end of my favorite RSS reader has come and gone and now one week later I am still feeling a little pathetic for mourning a frankly plain tool.
Every morning I looked forward to settling down at my desk with my cat mug (in true HR Lady fashion) and booting up my Google Reader to see what Laurie Ruittimen and Tim Sackett had to say about hiring for the day. As I scrolled through my customized sections and saved sites to read later, I never once thought that I would have to one day give it all up.
As I write this post the morning after Google Reader went black, I am reminded that we should not take all things in life for granted. Ok enough with the dramatic waterworks, (I could totally be an actress) here's 5 substitute sites to read your hiring/HR news until Google wises up and develops Google Reader 2.0.
The Hireology Marketing Team is currently utilizing Feedly as they nicely sucked all of our information out of Google Reader and placed it nicely into their system.
- Gives you a choice for interface design
- Lets you save articles for later
- No more Google alerts to your reader
- Shows you "less" of the article than Reader did
Miss the Old Google Reader so much you can't bear to sign up for Feedly? Try the Old Reader which looks and feels like Google Reader minus a few bugs and annoying tics.
- Looks and feels exactly the same as Google Reader
- Currently in beta = bugs
Gizmodo thinks Digg Reader will be the winner of all Google Reader alternatives. That is, if you can wait until it comes out later this month!
- The interface is clean and simple
- "Thumbs up" or "Thumbs down" feature
- You can't have access to it until Wednesday, June 26th
FlipBoard looks like a magazine and reads like a reader. I use FlipBoard for my own personal use and love "flipping" through the daily articles.
- You can access it on every tablet, device, phone, and computer you own
- Beautiful interface, reads like a magazine
- HR writers don't always use the prettiest stock photos...
Pulse has the same tile format as FlipBoard but is easier to transfer your Reader subscriptions to. Our graphic design team swears by Pulse.
- Transfer and expand your Google Reader subscriptions
- Reads like a magazine
- Heavy on photos
- Not available for iOS (aka your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch)
Let us know your favorite Google Reader alternatives in the comments below. We look forward to hearing how you get your hiring news!
Confused on what some of these hiring terms mean in your daily blog reading? Check out our Small Business Reference Hiring Guide below!