Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Spark a replacement for Google Reader?

Spark may be the way to go for keeping current on your favorite game info. 

Here's what TenTonHammer had to say today:

The Google Reader is riding off into the sunset this summer. For gamers, at least, there's an alternative. 

Last week Google announced that the Google Reader would be sunsetting, leaving users without a convenient tool for aggregating their favorite content feeds. In the wake of the Reader's impending demise, lovers of collective content have been forced to do one of two things: fight to save it, or find an alternative.

For gamers, at least, it seems Spark is the Google Reader alternative. Thousands have flocked to Spark as a source for timely and relevant gaming news.

"This is my go-to source for gaming news now," says Spark user Mike Perry. "I used to spend a lot of time browsing the web for information on the games I was following, and I ususally missed stuff. Spark does a better job than I ever did of keeping me up to date."

Unlike Google Reader, Spark offers a collection of hand-picked feeds specifically related to gaming and geek culture, with new feeds added regularly. Learn more at the Spark website. You can also vote for your favorite feeds to become part of Spark.

I've tried it and the format is interesting and can be customized to deliver specific gaming news or everything.  So if you want to just follow Blizzard or NCSoft or the current gaming comics you can.

There are limitations currently as you can't add blogs you may follow that have not been included yet, but Spark is still in beta.

But there is hope. TenTonHammer is running a poll for other news feeds to add - vote here You can write in your own personal favorites too.

So while Spark isn't perfect, it may be the interim answer for keeping up on gaming news.

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