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Google Reader closing down
July 1, 2013

 12:36 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

A sad day for RSS aficionados. Google Reader, arguably the most reliable feed aggregator out there, will be closing its doors.

http://googleblog.blogspot.jp/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html [googleblog.blogspot.jp]
A second spring of cleaning

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 [dataliberation.org] over the course of the next four months.

Are there any decent alternatives?



 12:44 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Gutted. I'm a huge advocate of RSS - and this doesn't bode well for folk like me. I have hundreds of great feeds that I turn to - it's like my own news wonderful daily news channel or all the best things in the world without the clutter or trash of TV (generally speaking) - I truly believe that syndicated content is still the best way to digest the multitude of content on-line.

I can only hope that someone really benefits from this and creates or improves a better or equal to reader (is currently the best). Or maybe it will open my eyes to app's I've not heard of that share across devices...


 12:52 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Maybe Jim can buy it from Google and keep it alive? ;-)


 1:24 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Good riddance!

A poorly conceived use of RSS.

I wrote to Google soon after it was launched, hoping they'd take notice.

I received a snooty reply from the Bod in charge of fiddling with it, claiming the points I'd complained about "were features".


We've been blocking it's bot for years as well, and advising our RSS users to get a decent feed reader.


 1:24 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Are there any decent alternatives?

...build your own with "Simple PIE".



 3:38 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Bummer. I use Reader daily. They've been moving it to the background over the past few years (it used to be in the top level Google navigation but was moved to the "More" section a while back), so I'm not really surprised that usage has declined. I wish that instead of just retiring it, they would release it as an open source project so someone else might take it up.


 4:33 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.

I'd argue with that, it sure feels like more people were taking my RSS content to pass as their own.

I disabled RSS feeds from my site months ago, it got that bad. I wonder what will happen to Feedburner, I like their email list function and am happy to use it over paid alternatives. I've been with Feedburner since before Google owned it, is it next?


 9:20 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

It's as if they noticed the google hate wagon was slowing and found a way to keep it rolling in an abusive relationship kind of way.

No idea why they would to this but I agree with Sgt_Kickaxe I don't think its because of falling usage and I'm not even sure usage is falling.


 11:31 am on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I've been testing Feedily for Firefox/IOS and I like it. There's a lot of customisation options that come pretty close to the best of Google reader + some additional benefits. Best I've tested so far...


 12:00 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

i think limbo meant Feedly


 4:03 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Yep ;)


 7:11 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I found this today: Digg is building a reader.

There seems to be some hope around.


 8:46 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

What's wrong with Thunderbird? Handles mail AND RSS. Or you could use Firefox for RSS.


 9:39 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

I don't know but after reading complains about closing GR I found that many people in certain countries like it because it's not as easy to block, so they can access lots of info resources on the web.


 10:23 pm on Mar 14, 2013 (gmt 0)

Someone paying attention with the right product at the right time is about to earn a bunch.

The upside here is anyone that cam provide a transitional service that has some way to ease people onto their service painless and can make money doing it could clean up on the sheer numbers that Google calls declining usage.

Many parasites live of the scraps of larger beasts even in the cyberspace ecosystem, AdSense being a prime example :)


 1:05 am on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

Top free alternatives to soon-to-be shuttered Google Reader
With Google Reader set to shut down this summer, many other apps have come into the spotlight as possible alternatives to the popular RSS service.

So here are some of the top free services we recommend as users prepare for Google Reader going dark July 1.



 2:11 pm on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

There's some speculation that the reason behind shutting it down has to do with Google+.

I moved off Google Reader last year, so it's no skin off mine. A lot of people sure are unhappy about it though (so much for keeping users happy)


 9:01 pm on Mar 15, 2013 (gmt 0)

to me Google Reader is a "web browser" in the same way ie/chrome/etc are.. how you organise and interact with your feeds is very telling about your overall web behaviour.

maybe next they will sunset gmail?


 3:18 am on Mar 17, 2013 (gmt 0)

Some of the wording unearthed within the JavaScript hints at Google Play News being a replacement, of sorts, for the Google Reeder RSS service, which was controversially axed during the week.

Google to enter digital newspaper business with Google Play News? [techradar.com]

Robert Charlton

 8:58 am on Mar 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

I thought they said July 1, 2013. I can't find it right now.


 12:09 pm on Mar 21, 2013 (gmt 0)

i see it in the googleblog linked in the OP, as quoted.

Robert Charlton

 8:17 am on Mar 22, 2013 (gmt 0)

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

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.


 2:44 am on Jun 30, 2013 (gmt 0)

Google Kills Reader, Helps RSS
On Monday, Google will turn off Google Reader, a product that allowed users to read RSS feeds,


I'm a big fan of RSS, and hope more sites make feeds available.

IMO, pushing out an XML file with headlines of your (5) latest posts/articles/pages/whatever, with a couple hundred character excerpt is one of the best ways to get qualified traffic for free.

Some argue people just read the free feed and never visit the site (and view/click ads). So what? They never would have visited anyway if that's the case.

...for those who wonder how RSS can be used -- even this topic has it's own RSS feed: [webmasterworld.com...]

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