Google Reader is now officially gone. If you’re reading this, you’re probably well aware of that. Hopefully you found a service to keep your feeds in tact. Some who were relying on Flipboard are finding themselves out of luck now that Reader has gone away.
People have taken to Twitter to complain that Flipboard did not maintain their feeds after promising to do so. TechCrunch reports on the situation, after receiving some “private tips” from those affected. It doesn’t appear to have been a problem for all users, but there are a lot of people complaining.
grr flipboard, what do you mean "content not available"? you PROMISED my google reader feeds would be safe! 3:
— moominbert (@moominbert) July 2, 2013
@Flipboard not working with google reader like they promised I am glad I downloaded my feed. Guess I will wait and see.
— Rob Porter (@robzonenet) July 2, 2013
— Kepa López (@KepaLopez) July 2, 2013
There are more where that came from.
On March 14th, after Google announced it would shut down Reader, Flipboard put out a blog post called, “We’ve Got Your RSS Covered! Save Your Google Reader Feeds Now”.
In the post, Flipboard said ,”If you already have a Flipboard account and you have signed into your Google Reader, you don’t need to do anything. Your feeds will be saved. Even if you don’t use Google Reader, you can always add any RSS feed to your Flipboard by tapping on the red ribbon and searching for the feed.”
“Flipboard will preserve your Google Reader feeds, folders and favorited items, so you can continue to enjoy all your subscriptions,” Flipboard said in a June 17th blog post.
It’s unclear at this point whether Flipboard will be able to recover users’ feeds.
Update:: TechCrunch has updated its report with a statement from the company: “We have all the feeds; nothing is lost. People can access their folders and feeds. At the moment, only the summary feed called “All Feeds” is not working for everyone.”