Backup Your Google Reader Subscriptions Today

If you haven’t heard, Google Reader (the popular web-based RSS/feed reader by the search giant) is shutting down on July 1. This means that if you have been using Google Reader to keep up-to-date with your favorite websites, you will need to migrate to a new service.

Don’t worry. There are plenty of alternatives for you to try, including my own offering (MnmlRdr). But, you don’t have to decide which alternative to use right now. What you do need to do, though, is go and download your subscriptions list for safekeeping. This file is important for you to have if you want to try out other services with the same feeds you were used to reading in Google Reader.

The easiest way to get a backup of your Google Reader subscriptions is by going to this link: http://www.google.com/reader/subscriptions/export

It will download the small file to your computer called google-reader-subscriptions.xml, which you can use to import into other reader services (Yep! MnmlRdr has this import functionality built-in too).

Once you have a copy of your subscriptions list, you can rest easy knowing that you will be able to migrate to a new service after Monday rolls around and Google pulls the plug on Reader.

Happy reading!