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July 2, 2013

Flipboard Users Lose Google Reader Feeds


After telling users that they would not lose their Google Reader feeds, Flipboard have done just that.

After the service’s shutdown last night users woke up today to a bit of disappointment. Though Flipboard had promised earlier that those who signed into Google Reader in their Flipboard would be able to continue to enjoy their subscriptions after Reader’s closing, apparently, that’s not the case.

On Twitter, many are tweeting their confusion and anger with the situation, and, as one Flipboard user pointed out, users can no longer take to Flipboard’s GetSatisfaction page to discuss the issue further, as Flipboard’s community page was also shutdown a couple of weeks back. There, the company had only posted a few responses to users’ technical questions and suggestions related to the Reader shutdown, and mainly directed people to company blog posts for more information.

When Google first announced its plans to close Google Reader back in March, Flipboard, like many other services in the news reading business, quickly announced its plans to serve as a new home for abandoned Google Reader users.

“Your Google Reader subscriptions will be safe on Flipboard,”

the company’s blog post began before outlining a few key steps for users to take to make sure their feeds remained intact. The setup described was simple – users only needed to establish a Flipboard account, connect their Google Reader account in the settings, and then remain signed in. Flipboard said there was no need for any other actions on the user’s part, and that

“your feeds will be saved.”

This is nothing short of an embarrassment for Flipboard which will see users moving to more reliable source for news feeds.

I started looking around when Google made the announcement and settled on Feedly  after trying several RRS apps. Feedly gave me, not only my Android app but also a PC all which as been updated recently on both systems. Have you lost your Google Reader feeds on Flipboard, if so, shout it out in the comments box below.

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Dave Thornton

Senior Editor

Senior Editor
Been involved in technology for many years, more than I care to remember. Live in Dundee, Scotland. I like Android, Windows Phone OS, BlackBerry OS and iOS, and love writing about all things techie. Currently have a Honor 6+, Elephone P6000, Nexus 5, Chrombook C720, HTC One M7, Nokia Lumina 625, Microsoft Lumia 435, Blackberry Q10, HTC Hero and iPad mini