Google to shut down Google Reader

Google_Reader_logoIf you’re one of the users of Google Reader, like me, then it’s time to looks for a new feed subscription reader.

Google just announced that they are retiring their Google Reader service which will have its last of duty on July 1, 2013. They stated two reasons for doing so: declining usage activity and to pour their resources into fewer products.

If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

It’s not just Google Reader that is getting the ax though. Included in their spring cleaning are Building Maker, BlackBerry support for Google Voice app, Cloud Connect, Apps Script’s GUI builder and UiApp widgets, Search API for shopping and the CalDAV API unless you’re a whitelisted developer.

So what reader will you be using next to replace Google Reader? Or what service would you suggest for those look for an alternative?

[via Google Reader Blog]
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  • paolo

    i was really disappointed with this announcement because i use reader on a daily basis. heck, i use reader to subscribe to this site. but well, we all gotta move on. i’m using feedly chrome extension now instead. looks pretty decent. i believe firefox add-on is also available

  • Chris

    I too was shocked and saddened by their decision. IMO, they should’ve axed G+ instead. I’m always on Reader, it’s one of the tabs I always open everyday. I’m also subscribed to PTB through it.

    The alternatives I’m considering are feedly, Prismatic, and I’m also waiting for the new reader that Digg has announced they will be developing.

  • I share the sentiments of the others… and yes, I am currently using feedly. The only thing I don’t like about it is that it is an effort to sort items by oldest, but that’s not a deal-breaker for me, so it’s all good.

  • Brian

    WHAT THE!!!
    Is the only expression I’ve said after I read the message when I open my reader account. This is the best RSS reader and like Chris say’s they should axed Google+ instead.
    Bad decision for Google.

    Out. Will now import to feedly.