Import-ant News for Google Reader Users

The big news on the internet the last couple of days has been that seminal RSS reader Google Reader will be shutting down on July 1, 2013. Google Reader had lots of fans, including many of us here at Automattic, but it’s time to move on.

Speaking of moving on from Google Reader, did you know that you can import your subscriptions directly from Google Reader into the WordPress.com Reader? We launched the Reader about 18 months ago; it’s responsive to fit any size screen, you can like and reblog WordPress.com content without leaving the news stream, and if you run out of new posts to read, you can discover new content in the Recommended Blogs section.

To import your subscriptions, just visit the WordPress.com Reader import page; you’ll be reading your feeds in the WordPress.com Reader in three clicks or less, or your money back.

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The Reader can also import and export OPML, so you can try it out no matter what feed reader you’re using today.


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  1. Liam Wise

    Thanks for this, I love the interface of the WordPress.com Reader!

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  2. Henrietta Handy

    Reblogged this on Kentucky Mountain Girl's Blog and commented:
    Google Reader shutting down came as a complete surprise to me today. I don’t often use Google Reader, but am quite used to going to it for certain feeds.

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  3. Cle

    Thank you a lot for this!
    I’m using WP reader and I found it very good and easy to use.
    However, even if on the iPad I found no issue, it seems to me that with the iPhone there is some bugs with the reader.
    In particular, if I open a blog page from the reader there is not the possibility to return on the reader page (or maybe I didn’t find the right pulsant!!!)
    I hope It is clear!
    Bye

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  4. thetarotman

    I had heard about this. Thanks for the information and the update. And I AM glad to hear about the WordPress Reader, too.

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  5. andrewokwuosah

    Reblogged this on Paw Print and commented:
    This is a great alternative to Google Reader. Best of all, it’s free!

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  6. Wilhelm Arcturus

    The WordPress.com Reader won’t really be an acceptable substitute until it at least has a condensed “titles only” view. The current format uses too much space per entry for people used to scanning a hundred or so updates every morning.

    If you’re looking to improve it, great. But as it stands now, not really an option.

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  7. Cristovao Verstraeten

    could this be included in Jetpack? It would be a very nice feature for self-hosted sites

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  8. thedancingrunner

    That way WAY too easy! Thank you!!

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  9. streetchampion

    can you import all news feeds or only blogs that come under WordPress.com?

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  10. Shubhan Chemburkar

    Reblogged this on Tangent Sky and commented:
    I was searching for a reader replacement and this is it. Thanks WordPress!!!

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  11. timethief

    I just moved my WordPress.com subscribers the opposite direction to the Google Reader a couple of days ago. Now I will move them back.

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  12. larrinski

    I wish WP reader was more compact. With the amount of feeds I’ve got, it would take me forever to scan through them. Otherwise, it does look really nice!

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  13. Undre

    Oh, WordPress! I love you so much right now!

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  14. Lisa Brown

    I did not know this. I will be checking this out right away!

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  15. jeffkart

    I was just wondering this today! Yay for WordPress!!!

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  16. Tara

    I like using the reader through the WordPress iPhone app but it only shows me the WordPress blogs I’ve subscribed to and none of the non-Wordpress blogs I’ve added. Wish it showed everything, that would be very useful.

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  17. Nick

    Reblogged this on Sharper Than Any Two-Edged Sword… and commented:
    For all my Blogger friends wondering what to do…I use this, it’s great!

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  18. ThreadTime

    In your post you state, “you can like and reblog WordPress.com content”. If we’re reading content from a non-WordPress blog, are we also able to like and reblog? And are there any other limits to non-WordPress blogs. As an example of what I mean, Blogger shows WordPress bloggers as a ‘no reply’ when posting comments. Thanks for the update.

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  19. Egill

    Reblogged this on Egill and commented:

    Very Import-ant News for Very Import-ant People

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  20. Stu West

    Reblogged this on stuwest.org.

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  21. Mynx

    It seems to be a great option but I have been having a few problems with it loading posts/scrolling. Hopefully it can only improve as more people start using it

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  22. diaryofamadmama

    That’s funny, I was just telling my husband this morning that I wished I could view all my blogs I read from the WordPress reader, not just the WordPress blogs. I didn’t realize this was an option. Thanks so much for sharing. I’m impressed with how easy that was! :)
    ~Jen

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  23. Grant McMillan

    I forgot about this option. I just imported my Google Reader blogs now. I like it, but I do wish it was more compact.

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  24. Carrie

    Reblogged this on Carrie and commented:
    This is good to know. I had loved Google Reader for a long time. At least now I can read everything still. And on one of my other favorite services too!

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  25. gsohn

    Reblogged this on Ich sag mal und kommentierte:
    Feine Sache! Import your Google Reader subscriptions directly.

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  26. Charlie Copley

    I switched as soon as I heard. I didn’t use the import option, didn’t know there was one. Truth is there were lots of feeds I no longer paid attention to. Now my daily feed is so much more interesting, engaging, and relevant. :)

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  27. kvarma2010

    This is really a nice feature for those who are using Google Reader. Thanks for posting

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  28. planethalia

    Reblogged this on Dancing to the Beat of the Wrong Drum and commented:
    As a diehard Reader user, i was nigh frantic when I learned that Reader was being shut down. I don’t know if Word Press will be as good, but I’m willing to try.

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  29. Tripudio

    Good thing to have, but it is nothing like Google Reader. NO option to mark read, and have them disappear. Nope, nothing yet. I’m still struggling to find a good web-reader like (better than ?) google reader.

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  30. Steven Rosenberg

    Reblogged this on Steven Rosenberg and commented:
    I just wrote about the WordPress.com Reader a few days before Google’s announcement. I’m giving Reader a try now.

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  31. jmquealy

    Reblogged this on jobsiteliberal and commented:
    Problem solved…

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  32. Serenity

    Reblogged this on Serenity's Musings and commented:
    Some more info on Google Reader’s shutting down…

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  33. Ritu KT

    I have a big list of subscriptions in my Google reader. WP Reader saved my life. I thought that we had to add them one by one. Thank you for this post. Now I can import them all at once!

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  34. Ritu KT

    Reblogged this on Beyond Beauty Tips and commented:
    It took me only 2 minutes to do this. All I had to do this was allow WordPress Access my Google account. Fallen in love with WP all over again. Thank you Automattic for this timely post. I have started getting the updates from those blogs already!

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  35. Lionel Drummond

    Thanks for the heads up! I much prefer WordPress’ Reader anyhow.

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  36. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Ha ha – ‘or your money back’. I like that.

    Unfortunately, I don’t entirely understand all this. I’m hoping I’ll still be informed of when blogs I follow post, and will then be able to read them. It’s that simple to me. I don’t know what happens behind the scenes – but do hope it won’t change my simple needs: to be informed of new posts, to be able to read new posts.

    But as usual, good on you WP for staying progressive. You’re the only blog platform I’ve been into, but I’ve heard some negative things about “the others” – so good on YOU WP, for being great.

    Cheers.

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  37. adam1936

    Just moved to WordPress Reader, but not for long. Only three messages are filling my screen and to see the rest I have to scroll and scroll and scroll and scroll and………

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  38. SimpLeigh Organized

    Super easy. Thanks! Love the title also. ;)

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  39. j3jewelry

    I’ve been meaning to move from blogger to wordpress for some time now. Google’s anouncement of its abandonment of Reader gave me the extra push to get to getting. Here I am, and I’m going to import my subscriptions. Gee I hope you can also do that with the free account…?

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  40. TheNeffect

    Thanks for the alternative. Is there any way to create folders to organize the feeds better with your solution? I had categorical folders for all my feeds in Google Reader…All sports feeds where in the “Sports” folder, WordPress related feeds had there own folder and so on. I have A LOT of feeds I imported from GR. A single stream I have to scroll through for literally thousands of potential updates to get to the ones I really want to read is not going to really work for me.

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  41. Jennifer

    I have a lot of subscriptions, both in WPcom and in GR and while I love the WP Reader, it’s not my first choice mostly because I can’t push out to all my current sharing services. For me, it’s not just about reading. Regardless, the ability to import one’s subscriptions from Google Reader is much appreciated. Thank you for giving us this option!

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  42. vanessaruns

    Does this reader offer an option to read off-line? (previously loaded blogs)

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  43. Ross Shaw

    Hi – are items marked as read as you scroll past them like in Google Reader? I can’t see how to manually mark something as read, and when I’ve gone back to the page, all articles I’ve already looked are still there.

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  44. JayNine

    Reblogged this on j9sopinion and commented:
    FYI for Google Readers

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  45. dawn

    Reblogged this on darwinsoesanto and commented:
    Kinda sad.. Because Google Reader has a really great feature for finding news :(

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  46. petergood44

    Its a shame. I used Google Reader every day :(

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