phranque - Sorry, my post wasn't clearer. Yes, the googleblog said July 1, 2013. What I was saying, though, at the time I posted, was that I couldn't find Google Reader in my "More" menu in Gmail, nor could I find it in the "Even more" submenu. Maybe they were doing a dress rehearsal for shutdown. It was very convincing. ;)
It is there tonight, with a dialogue box stating the July 1 date of shutdown... and requiring me to click OK to that to get in. The dialogue also offered a link to alternatives, which I assume is thorough (didn't have time to check it tonight, but I will).
This article worth checking out....
The lessons of Google Reader's death... Nieman Journalism Lab March 15, 2013 - This Week in Review [niemanlab.org...]
The article highlights viewpoints from many of the players, links to lists of free services stepping up to the plate, and concludes with some cautionary comments suggesting that the technologies we rely upon, on the desktop or in the cloud, aren't really ours....
Slate's Farhad Manjoo said this should be a wakeup call to stop relying on free services. Said blogger Dave Winer: "Next time, please pay a fair price for the services you depend on."
I've observed that even technologies we pay for aren't necessarily going to continue, or to degrade gracefully. The cloud is just one more layer that's not in our control, and it's more volatile than most.