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Read your favorite blogs on Google Currents

2012/03/20by Donna Hull


Google Currents on iPad

So you’re sitting at the airport (in the doctor’s office, at the car repair lounge, in the grocery store line), browsing your favorite boomer travel blog (My Itchy Travel Feet—right?) on an Android, iPhone, Tablet or iPad. Did you know there’s an easier way to read content online? Download Google Currents.


Google Currents on Android phone

This free app displays content in an easy-to-read magazine style. And, so far, it is the only content aggregation app designed for all devices. Yes, there’s Flipboard, a free iPad/iPhone app that is quite elegant, but unfortunately it leaves Android users out.

Many big-time publishers offer their content for free on Google Currents including Smithsonian, one of my favorite boomer sites—Second Act, Forbes,, Fodor’s Travel and many more. Of course high-level blogs are featured, too; plus you can import any blog feed from Google Reader.

Content is divided into channels like Business, Entertainment, News and so on. You’ll find travel content in the Lifestyle Channel, although that topic deserves a channel of its own, in my opinion. However, you won’t see My Itchy Travel Feet or many of your other favorite boomer blogs listed in the channels. It takes 200 subscribers before Google will consider listing a blog in a channel or marking it as a recommended choice.

Once you’ve downloaded the app to your device, if you don’t find your favorite content in the channels, use the search function. Key in the blog’s name and it should appear. My Itchy Travel Feet shows up under our name and also if you key in the word “boomer travel”

Take a look at this snazzy video for an example of how Google Currents works:

Would you like to see My Itchy Travel Feet listed in the Lifestyle channel? Once we have 200 subscribers, Google will consider including us. So download Google Currents and subscribe to My Itchy Travel Feet. Once you’ve downloaded the app, you can even subscribe to us from your laptop or PC. It will be on your app the next time you synch the device. Here’s a great big THANK YOU in advance.

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A boomer travel and lifestyle authority who is exploring the world one activity at a time. Besides writing and publishing My Itchy Travel Feet, she also writes about boomer travel for My Well-Being Powered by Humana, Make It Missoula and is the author of New Mexico Backroads Weekend Adventure.

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sarah henry March 20, 2012 at 7:23 pm

Do you like Google Currents more than Flipboard, Donna, or are you an Android user?
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Donna Hull
March 20, 2012 at 7:46 pm

Sarah, I have an iPad but my phone is Android (although I really want an iPhone). I like Flipboard better, however I can’t publish my blog onto Flipboard. I don’t hink. They choose which blogs appear in the listings. Although, I’ve subscribed to my RSS on Flipboard so the blog shows up for me. Anyone else who would like for it to show up must do the same thing. Or I guess it could show up if they bring their Google Reader into Flipboard. In any event, it doesn’t give My Itchy Travel Feet the same exposure at this point.
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Simon March 21, 2012 at 2:00 am

I didn’t know about Google Current so thanks for sharing this information, Donna. I’ve all Apple devices and am a big Flipboard fan, still I agree with you that I should take more into account that there still are lots of Android users.
A boomer hug! :-)
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Donna Hull
March 21, 2012 at 6:00 am

Simon, I’m an Apple lover too but have an Android phone. And, I agree with you about Flipboard. I think it gives a better user experience if only they would include My Itchy Travel Feet :-).


Barbara Weibel March 21, 2012 at 9:56 am

Just subscribed! And added my own blog – thanks for this post Donna, as I didn’t know about Currents. I love the way it displays – so easy to read and navigate.
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Donna Hull
March 24, 2012 at 11:44 am

Thanks, Barbara! I’m subscribing to Hole in the Donut, too. It does make for easier reading on a smartphone or iPhone.


March 21, 2012 at 8:30 pm

This sounds really intriguing, but I’ve yet to acquire a smart phone or iDevice. Soon, soon!
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Jane Boursaw
March 25, 2012 at 6:41 pm

Love Google Currents and have subscribed to you. Reel Life With Jane is on both Currents and Flipboard, and I love both of their interfaces.
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Donna Hull
March 27, 2012 at 8:57 am

Thanks for subscribing, Jane. I’ve returned the favor. Both Currents and Flipboard make viewing blogs and other content so much easier when using a smartphone, iphone, tablet or iPad.


merr March 27, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Love that image of your site on the phone…looks great, Donna!
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