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