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Google`s RSS switch off leads to glitches in alternative apps

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:46

London: Shortly after search engine giant Google switched off its RSS news feed service, users of the alternative apps which were developed to fill in Google`s space, are facing glitches.

Feedly, a news feed app, is showing `over capacity` to its users while Flipboard is showing `no content` alert, BBC reports.

According to the report, Google had announced the shut down to its service three months back so that developers and users have ample time to migrate to alternatives.

Google continues to offer its Takeout tool, which will stay online until 15 July in order to export users` lists of RSS feed subscriptions as an OPML file so that the information can be imported into other products.

Feedly, the alternative apps which faced problems soon after Google shut the service at 8 am BST said that Google began sending it data in the HTML computer language rather than in Javascript last night and the change had caused it problems.

Feedly`s chief executive Edwin Khodabakchian said that the company is committed to fixing the problems adding that Feedly did not currently import OPML files but would gain the functionality and users could export the data from Google and reload it en masse into Feedly at some point over the coming days.

According to the report, Flipboard which had promised that users` Google Reader Subscription will be safe on their service, found users experiencing error that showed `no new items` to download and that there was no content at all to view in the Google Reader section of its product.

Flipboard has said that system needs some time for all content for all feeds to populate.

However, Digg reader did not report of any glitches to its services after Google RSS shutdown but said that `key features` including the ability to mark an item as being `unread` and an option to display only unread items still needs to be added.

The report further added that Google Reader had been the most popular tool of its kind to allow users to keep across the latest stories posted by their favourite websites without having to visit each one.


First Published: Wednesday, July 3, 2013 - 12:46
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