Migrating Google Reader’s starred articles to Pinboard
As you may know, Google has decided to discontinue Reader (..don’t get me started on that..), which means that I had to find a new home for all the starred items I have - which are plenty b/c I’ve been using GReader daily for several years now as my main means of sifting through the daily stream of tech news while commuting.
I recently got a Pinboard account and found that it took me less than 15 minutes to utterly fall in love with the service. It’s fast, it’s simple yet powerful and generally rather awesome, especially when integrated into practically everything using IFTTT. Also it doesn’t want me to share everything I do on Facebook all the time. I’ve been searching for exactly that for years now, so I’m quite a bit enthusiastic about it.
I am a bit of a neat freak, so I’d rather do data migration myself instead of uploading everything first and sift through the data later. Therefore I created a small application over the weekend to do that for me..
..introducing: Pinport (OS X 10.7+)
Pinport is a simple MacOS application that takes the .json files from Google Reader Takeout archives as input. After loading and sanitizing the import, you can directly upload all bookmark entries to your Pinboard account.
Detailed tutorial below…