Recent Feedly Outage: Always Have an Exit Strategy for Your Data



So while I was returning home for the Southern California Genealogical Society Jamboree over the weekend, Feedly – the popular RSS feed reader and replacement for the much-missed Google Reader – decided to tank.

Well it really isn’t Feedly’s fault . . . their site along with Evernote and other sites have been the target of a “distributed denial of service” or DDoS attack by hackers. Basically, the hackers bombard the site with so many connection requests that the site goes down and no one – not even members – can access their data.

ALWAYS Have an Exit Strategy for Your Data

The phrase above – “always have an exit strategy for your data” is one of my main mantras . . . along with “read the terms and conditions before you sign up and upload your data.” In this case, saying something and doing it are two different things. There is a way to export your data to a standard file format (OPML or “outline processor markup language”) but you need to do so regularly if you tend to add or remove blogs to your Feedly reader. Had I done the export recently, I could have imported the OPML to another reader and then I could read my favorite blogs and tag/share the best posts at Pinterest and other social media.

How to Export Your Feedly OPML

Here are the steps to export your OPML file from Feedly. Right now the site is back up (as of 6pm Central on Thursday 12 June 2014) so don’t delay!

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  • Click the button “Click here to download your feedly OPML”
  • Located the file under Downloads and place it with your other backup files

Then select a new reader such as NewsBlur, The Old Reader or others, create an account and locate the “import OPML” process.

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Thomas MacEntee
Genealogy educator and author Thomas MacEntee has been researching his family history for more than 40 years and is the creator of Abundant Genealogy, Genealogy Bargains, DNA Bargains, The Genealogy Do-Over and numerous other web-based genealogy and family history properties.

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