AOL reader has been launched at the right time as the very popular Google Reader is nearing its demise on July 1st 2013. A couple of new Feed Reader Services popped up lately and Aol reader has been in its beta stage for the past couple of days. Though it doesn’t come with some ground breaking features, it is simple, minimalistic and does the job very well.
Importing feeds into AOL Reader is pretty simple
- First you need to export the feeds file from the RSS Feed Reader of your choice.
- The export file would probably have an extension .OPML.
- Open up http://reader.aol.com/ and you’ll be in the Home View.
- You’d see Three options in the top Left Sidebar that includes Refresh, Add Subscription and Reader Options.
- Click on Reader Options and choose Import.
- Now in the next window, browse and choose the OPML file you’ve exported before and press Upload.
Transferring Feeds To AOL Reader from Google Reader
- Open https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader and you’d be asked to sign in to your Google Account if you’ve not already signed in.
- You’d be taken to the Google Takeout screen to Export your Google Account data.
- Click on create Archive.
- Now Download the Archive (Zip) and Extract it using a File Archiving utility like 7-Zip.
- Get back to the Reader Options in AOL Reader and choose Import and Browser for the file named Subscriptions.xml among the extracted files.
If you are creating an account for the first time, AOL Reader would prompt you with the import subscriptions option as soon as you create an AOL account and open up AOL Reader.
AOL reader provides some good options to save feed for future reference, share content across Facebook, Twitter, Google+ & Linkedin, Tag articles, Keyboard shortcuts for browsing and managing feeds etc. Whats more, you could set the feeds to different Layouts that include List View, Pane View, Card View and Full View.