Google Reader Is Dying, But You Can Still Follow TV by the Numbers By Twitter & Facebook, Plus Email & RSS

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March 16th, 2013

If you use an RSS reader, you probably know by now that Google Reader is going away on July 1. While there have been rumblings of other companies stepping up to take its place, it might be a good idea to review all the different ways you can follow TV by the Numbers. Even if you don't use RSS, these options are good to know!

Twitter: You can get our headlines and links to all our articles on your Twitter account by following our Twitter feed @tvbythenumbers.http://twitter.com/tvbythenumbers If you're currently using RSS, following our Twitter feed is likely to be the closest current alternative.

You can also follow the Cancellation Bear on Twitter via @TheCancelBear. The Cancellation Bear will retweet all the Renew/Cancel Index post titles and links as well as engage in some back and forth banter which is mostly absent from our standard @TVbytheNumbers Twitter feed.

Facebook: Click here to go to Facebook where you can become a Fan of TV by the Numbers. “Liking” our Facebook page allows you to see our posts in your Facebook news stream. Because Facebook's algorithm doesn't send everything to your news stream, if you want to see more of our stuff in your news stream you should ‘Like’ some of our individual posts.You can always click through to our Facebook page to see all our latest posts.

Email: You can get our posts delivered daily in a single email. Usually at about 2pm Eastern time. To start, click here. Our current daily email is driven by Google's Feedburner service, which also may have a limited lifespan. We will explore alternatives were it to be dropped.

RSS: You can have our articles sent to your RSS reader. To start, click on the RSS icon in the blue bar above or here. Our feed is currently driven by Google's Feedburner service, which also may have a limited lifespan. We will explore alternatives were it to be dropped.

Comments: You can see a list of the the latest comments to any posts on our site at this page. You can also use an RSS reader to follow our comments at this feed http://feeds.feedburner.com/tvbythenumberscomments  Our comments feed is currently driven by Google's Feedburner service, which also may have a limited lifespan. We will explore alternatives were it to be dropped.

 
  • Glue

    I can still go onto the site itself, right?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    @Glue, that’s always an option!

  • RJ

    What exactly is Google Reader? I’ve looked it up and it still doesn’t make much sense to me.

  • peter

    I use Google Reader to follow this website (and many others). I can’t use twitter for news updates because its layout hurt my eyes and i only use it to follow people i know, not websites. I think i’ll use netvibe or feedly after july 1. We’ll see.

    Before adding TVbyTheNumbers to my Google Reader a year ago, i would only come here for overnight and cable ratings. But since then, i click on so many articles and i’ve actually stopped going on some other websites (tv guide, ew.com,…) to get my TV news fix.

  • AaronExplicable

    I’ve been using feedly for months now to follow you guys. For a moment I was worried since it logs in through google reader but apparently a seamless transition will take place on July 1st.

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I’ve been using feedly for months now to follow you guys. For a moment I was worried since it logs in through google reader but apparently a seamless transition will take place on July 1st.”

    Feedly has said they’re going to try and become a RSS reading/sync solution independent of Google Reader. I hope they, or somebody else succeeds.

    “What exactly is Google Reader? I’ve looked it up and it still doesn’t make much sense to me.”

    Google’s online application for reading RSS feeds.

  • carigis

    RJ,

    If you don’t know what RSS feeds are..

    basically as each article is posted on this website google reader lists the new posts in a scrollable list so you can quickly scroll through the titles you don’t care about and just click on just the ones you want to read to be taken directly to the article as well as lets you star articles you like so you can go back and read them later.

    You do this for all the sites you frequent and it keeps you from having to remember to go to every single site you enjoy as the reader lists are continuously updated with the new content from all of them as they are posted. Its actually very convenient. It will be sad to see reader go.

  • Jonay

    We’re is. The cable bubble watch???

  • Iggy

    I switched to Feedly also.

    Firefox itself can be a simple RSS feed reader, with Live Bookmarks.

    (BTW, on your RSS page in IE, the pageflakes and myAOL links aren’t working.)

  • Richard Steven Hack

    I visit the site direct. It’s one of the first things I do in the morning – or whenever the hell I get out of bed. :-)

    Google has been doing a lot lately to tick me off. Now they drop Google Reader. So I just fired up Akgregator, an RSS reader for Linux and imported all my Google reader subscriptions. So screw Google!

    There are plenty of RSS readers for browsers and also desktop clients that are free. Some offer better capabilities than Google Reader itself. Some email clients, like Thunderbird, can also do RSS feeds.

  • Linus

    I don’t even know what Google Reader is and I usually know most of the Google properties like YouTube and stuff, no wonder they’re getting rid of it nobody’s ever heard of it.

  • AaronExplicable

    ^^You and another person not knowing what Google Reader is doesn’t equate to “nobody’s ever heard of it”.

  • Dave M.

    For most people, Google Reader was a “Sync’ing” service. Meaning that there is RSS software like the iPhone/iPad/Mac app Reeder that users Google Reader so that if you read posts on your iPhone while out, when you get home, you won’t read the same articles again.

    I used to use Google Reader’s web page all the time. Then Reeder came out and I never looked back.

    I was listening to a podcast last night that talked about the real reason Google Reader is going away. One suggestion was that it didn’t have ad’s on the web page, and even if it did, very few people would see the ads. Second and more likely the reason, was the recent outage/fowl-up Google Reader had. They suggested that since there were very few engineers at Google that actually knew the code for Reader, they decided that it was time to put the product to rest.

  • Hugh

    What’s Google Reader?

  • DW

    i am one of those radicals that just bookmarked the site.

  • Nick

    A victim of the bear’s cousin, the Cancellation Virus?

  • James

    I use Facebook and go to the site itself. Now for my day time soap ratings, I go to Soap Opera Network, then when you guys get them a day or so later from SON, I comment on them.

    I love this site and Deadline and a couple other soap news sites, one of which has zap2it in it’s name, like this site does.

    I also love the look of this site btw.

  • AppleStinx

    Oops. I wasn’t aware that the site was redirecting the feed to Feedburner, otherwise I would have switched.

  • nrc

    I still don’t get it. What exactly is gonna happen to the site after google reader is gone?

  • http://tvbythenumbers.com Bill Gorman

    “I still don’t get it. What exactly is gonna happen to the site after google reader is gone?”

    Nothing will change on the site, but the people who use Google Reader or a reader that syncs with it to track new posts will need to find another method.

    In addition, this is basically the same post I used to run every few months to highlight the ways the site can be followed, and it had been a long time since I posted it so the Google Reader news motivated me to post it again.

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