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Google is Killing Off Google Reader in July of This Year

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This afternoon, Google announced that they have more spring cleaning to do, which yes, means more closures of services that you probably use. In order to focus on making better products, they do not want to spread themselves too thin and have decided to eliminate a number of products. One of those is Google Reader. Yes, that Google Reader. The same one that you probably use to store all of your RSS feeds in. 

It won’t die off immediately, though. You have until July 1, 2013 before you need to pull all of your data out and find a new RSS client.

Here is what Google had to say:

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.

While disappointing, I wouldn’t necessarily say that this is all that surprising. Google has neglected Reader for some time, especially when it comes to their Android client. Much like with Google Listen, the lack of updates or introduction of new features was a sign that things were slowly coming to an end.

R.I.P.

Via:  Google Blog

  • Relex

    This sucks…I guess I bought press for nothing. I use press daily since I started flipping stuff from craigslist to ebay. I have several different things setup in press so I can get notified for new posting for things I buy to flip.

  • br_hermon

    Is there any chance that Google could unload this like they did the Android App Inventor to MIT? Maybe someone else could take over operation?

  • gk08

    There is a change.org petition for Google to rethink this. I wouldn’t hold out much hope but it can’t hurt to sign it.

    http://www.change.org/petitions/google-keep-google-reader-running

    63,000 signatures so far.

  • Harold Goldner

    I feel like I just learned an old friend has a terminal disease. Viewing on Android’s easy (have always used GReader). What about on the Windows desktop?

  • Kevin Dahlstrom

    I am actually angry about this. I use Reader as my sole RSS feed system. I rely on it ALL of the time. Very frustrated at this point. I will now have to find something else I guess. Just don’t know where to start for something that is this simple and easy to use. Not a good move in my opinion.

  • http://twitter.com/senrable Erica B.

    Even ignoring how much we love reader, mobile access, etc, the most attractive part to me (same for iGoogle) is the single-login for everything. I love being able to open sites (docs, calendar, etc) and not have to login to each one on each device.

  • http://twitter.com/senrable Erica B.

    First iGoogle and now Reader. Other than Gmail, these are the only two tabs I have continuously open at work.

  • Craig

    I use http://www.waurb.com for all my news. Does the job good.

  • http://twitter.com/skimrss Skimr

    No need to cry. Try Skimr http://www.skimr.co

  • http://twitter.com/bboyairwreck bboyairwreck

    Droid-Life, Can you plllleeeassseeee include pictures in your RSS Feed. I know its a small difference but idk, to me, its just pleasing to see the pictures you guys put with your articles

    • http://twitter.com/senrable Erica B.

      I see the pictures just fine in Google Reader. I really appreciate that they don’t truncate posts like some sites do.

  • Paul Otto

    -1 lol

  • Chris Hollenbeck

    iGoogle is closing it’s doors also……

    • crack

      As someone who uses iGoogle everyday (it’s my homepage), I’m still frustrated that when they said they were ended it they mentioned that there are “easy ways with chrome to replicate that functionality”. I ditched FF and moved to chrome just for that. It’s been almost a year now and I still cannot replicate the easiness of iGoogle. It just sucks that they’re ditching it.

  • Alex S

    Is both “News Blur” AND “Feedly” unusable for anyone else right now? It’s like they’re having heavy traffic or something…

  • Mike

    Shame, I was thinking about converting to it. Someone needs to make a Holo-compliant News Reader that works properly for Android. I’ll pay for it.

    Pulse is sucking more and more by the day.

  • http://twitter.com/JohnnyACE562 GRAND MASTER SEN$Ei {{-_-}}™

    So I’m hoping they’re going to expand Google+ to accommodate the capabilities that people still depend on today.
    God, this is almost as scary as Sears going out of business. (God forbid.) {{-_-}}

    • SeanBello

      there’s a feed reader built into G+ if I’m not mistaken

      • http://profiles.google.com/jeremy.sheehan Jeremy Sheehan

        G+ isn’t available at work for some folks. :(

  • hgomes30

    Noooooo!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jetsaredim Jared Greenwald

    I go through more than 1000 posts spanning 150+ feeds a day in my Reader setup. Now, who is going to handle all that traffic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mroberte Robert Evans

    This is somewhat frustrating however that means there reader will most likely be integrated into their Google Plus – albeit a crappier way. Hopefully all the same features in reader shows up in G+ feed reader.

    Smart move tho to MAKE you use G+, esp when most dont.

  • dsass600

    Just use currents…

    • Abhisshack D

      mark my word bastard Google will kill current sooner or later

  • nacho220

    Had to chime in as like most others here, Reader one of my most used apps. Thumbs way down on this!

  • hashtagtroll

    #readingWASfundamental

  • http://profiles.google.com/czarthp Christopher Smith

    I keep google reader open on my desktop, and I love how easy it is to add a article to pocket or share to google plus. Currents is ok but there is no desktop version for it

  • DanWazz

    Nooooooooooooo!

  • RGiskard

    This gets a sincere WTF!!!!!!

    How much was it really dragging down the Google to support Reader??? Bah…

  • http://profiles.google.com/ewhitak Eric Whitaker

    I saw this article on my Google Reader. WTF

  • Ben Modica

    WTF?