Congrats on your approaching swarm of users via the Google Reader exodus!

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Hopefully you can scale quickly and convert many of the users. :D
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Yeah... I want to go subscribe for another year, even though there's probably 9 months left in my original $24. Take My Money!
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Yep, I think there'll be a massive explosion of users coming today. I'm one of them (had an account but didn't use it too frequently, I'm now switched!).
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Steven Wallace

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I just jumped over too. Things are slow going right now but I expected that with the annocement today. Hopefully I can give legit feedback once things settle down but as for right now this system is pretty much unusable for me.
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I'm a completely new user, and managed to register, import all my google reader subscriptions (albeit a little sluggishly) AND pay for a year, without too much hassle.

I understand the huge load, and hope the site gets well soon, because it's really promising :)
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You're definitely looking at a lot of new users, so please update your mobile app!
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I was thinking the exact same thing. All of the gReader users are looking for alternatives, and this service needs a good boost. I've already recommended this as an alternative to the few hundred people that follow me. Time to step it up!!

Honestly, I'm happy to see things like this go to the little guys as I believe it better to support the independent developer community instead of the larger corporate sphere.

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Matthew Howell

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I switched from Google Reader to Newsblur about 2 hours ago (I was one of the "exodus" crowd) - even though it took me about 45 minutes to fully transfer my feeds over due to website traffic, I was so happy to finally find an alternative to Google Reader that I glady paid for a $3/month Premium Membership.
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Thanks everybody. Sorry about the slow down. I just went from a single app server to 6 and am now booting my 7th and 8th. Unfortunately, the databases are not sharded, so there's now quite a bit of work in order to make the next bottleneck scale out. But it'll happen all before the July deadline.

Don't forget the re-design:
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Whoa, Sam, I am digging the redesign!! Still (totally understandably, given the surprise time frame) a few issues to be worked out, but this is great! Nice to see that quite a few of my custom CSS tweaks won't have to be remade once this goes live :D
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Trond Nilsen

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Switched and loving it, signed up for a premium account after trying about 5 alternatives. Figure service'll be rocky for the next while, but it's quite usable on

Gonna have to retrain my fingers to hit the arrow keys instead of n and p to move between stories, though :)
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Denis Gorchakov

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Samuel, you've made an awesome service!
There isn't another RSS service anyhow close to NewsBlur in terms of managing subscriptions and reading, really reading text news. All that competitors can offer is a creepy social-network like bloatness to view lolcats and sport news.
NewsBlur, in the opposite, is powerful as Outlook. And that's really great!

A couple of months ago I gave NewsBlur a try and didn't like some interface features, but now looking at I didn't hesitate a minute to go premium. Totally worth it!
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Michelle Schohn

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How difficult is it to transfer your feed from google reader?
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Denis Gorchakov

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Almost no trouble. Exporting from Google Reader doesn't work good, guess because of the load issues. But exporting OPML from Google and importing to NewsBlur works nice.
Import messed only one folder from Google Reader, fixed it in a few clicks.
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Rytis Lukoševičius

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Keep it up. Just waiting for performance issues to sort them selves out and then I'll definitely use it and pay some :)) for my 56 google reader sites imported :)
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Martin Barry

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You can try out the new version at which is currently still coping. Same backend so your account and feeds should all be there.
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Nick Potter

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Woke this morning to see the news and went into a panic until I found NewsBlur.

Manged (after some understandable slow points) to transfer my feeds over and sign up for a premium account and what I can see so far looks good.

Appreciate that for the next few days the system responsiveness is not likely to be typical so don't worry and keep doing what you're doing!
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I really like, it's a great replacement for Google Reader. I'll upgrade to premium as soon as the server load goes down.
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Trever Fischer

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Oh man, a FOSS RSS reader in the cloud?

Shut up, here, take my money.
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Count me as a NewsBlur convert. I've managed to buy a subscription, and get my 160+ feeds imported despite the service interruptions caused by the great Google Reader diaspora.

Even with the hiccups, I like what I see and look forward to what's in store.
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Michael Zock

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Another one from the exodus crowd.
Found the site, discovered that the new interface is a pretty good replacement and signed up for a Premium account.

Hope the flood of new users will also bring enough funds for additional server resources (right now it's understandably not as stable as usual due to the extreme load).
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Looking forward to things getting straightened out with the load issues as this looks like a huge leap forward over the ignored, forgotten about service that reader had become. Especially excited about the training to pick out articles interesting to a specific user as sort-by-magic was my favourite thing about reader before google crippled it in their previous update.

Good luck handling your millions of new customers!
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Nothing works for me in the web version (ok, some stuff works as I am able to post in this topic but feeds don't). Android version seems to work a bit better but there are freezes and force-closes every now and then. I assume this is due to the large workload today so no complaints.

I was able to import all my GR feeds. Some have been imported twice (at least I can see two instances of them in the Android UI).

The dev one looks slick and I am looking forward to seeing it live soon.

In the meantime I invested 12 bucks as the service has extremely good community feedback and seems trustworthy.

Glad to have found this GR alternative - all other ones I have seen so far seem overloaded with unnecessary stuff, ads or social-like tiles etc. Remember, "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication"
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When I checked this out last night it was slow, and you only had 6 or 8 hundred paid users. I thought to myself "Wow, this IS a small service." Now I see you have 2,081, and things are still slow. I hope you don't go grey trying to keep up with demand!

I'm looking forward to when things are up and running again. The little I got to see seems pretty nice, and the loyal fans here give me hope.
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New Google Reader exodus user here.

1. Create account - CHECK
2. Import 110 feeds from Google - CHECK
3. Upgrade to Premium - CHECK
4. Actually use the site to read my feed - waiting patiently :D

Seriously, I'm looking forward to migrating over here. Love the look and I'm happy to support an independent developer. Just wanted you to know that I'm NOT throwing a tantrum because it's not smooth running yet after the HUGE deluge of new users (of which I am one). Cheers and best of luck with getting everything rolling.