Several years ago my online friends and podcasting buddies were going on and on about Google Reader. They were all over it like geeks on an upgrade.
I was creeped out by the idea of Google knowing what I read even more than they already knew. I didn’t use it. I did have some RSS feeds, but very few. Relying instead on Twitter and other social sharing sites like StumbleUpon, Digg, FB, etc., I found my news and my friends’ blog updates more “organically.”
Last year I realized I could be feeding RSS into Greader (our short nick for Google Reader) and dump that into FlipBoard on my iPhone. No more boring lines! I could read an article of substance while I waited, and I could keep up with friends.
But after a while, the shine dulled. I hardly even opened Flipboard let alone go through the 5+ navigation steps needed to view my feeds in it. I let blogs I should have been following go. I didn’t find a replacement and I didn’t form new habits.
Digg’s reader will have to take up the slack. I need to make sure I don’t miss my friends’ blog posts, and I can use Scoop.It or RebelMouse to browse others’ cool stuff. StumbleUpon was a lot of fun back in the day, too. Reddit is just a fun time-waster, as I have yet to find information there worthy of sharing with my particular niche.
Do you syndicate really simply? Which app will you be using to do that?