Google Is Killing Reader

The Google Readerpocalypse is finally upon us. Google has outed the death date for its Reader product today, along with a bunch of its API products.

Google software engineer Alan Green posted the news to the Reader Blog today:

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

Google will kill a bunch of its other products, too. Here's what's on the chopping block:

• Google Cloud Connect plug-in will be shut down from April 30 • CalDAV API will be shut-down for non-whitelisted developers as of September 16 • Ending support for Google Voice For BlackBerry from next week • Ending support and updates for Snapseed for Mac and Windows from today.

THIS. SUCKS.

More shortly.


Comments

    Let's get down to brass tacks here.

    Over the past couple of years they removed the subscription-sharing aspects in an attempt to pump up G+.

    On the top dashboard, Reader is listed under the 'More' tab near the bottom of some of Google's least popular services.

    This was planned a very long time ago.

    Anyone use other good RSS feed readers?? I've been using Google Reader everyday for years!

      Same here. Looking for an alternative as well.

      We'll have that up momentarily.

        Thanks, I'm really hanging out for that article. Gods, I hope there's a good replacement *rocks back and forth*

        How about alternatives that are actually similar? e.g. none of this flipboard fansy photo crap...just hardcore line text.

      I just use the Slick RSS extension for Chrome. Does a decent job.

        Looks fine as a standalone aggregator, but Google Reader's most useful feature was the back-end and API which other apps synced with. All my mobile RSS reading synced to Greader to keep track of what I'd read. Trying to use multiple RSS apps on different mobile & desktop platforms is hopeless, if they're not synced together.

        Seems Feedly has been planning to clone the Greader API, so hopefully all those apps will be able to easily transition to their URL instead. Assuming Feedly can cope with the traffic - its getting hammered right now.

      I use press on my Nxs7 and if this goes, it would be broken! I'm pissed. Does Press have sync with other RSS readers?

    AFAIK there is no free alternative that comes close to GReader. You would think that a web app like this would be so simple there'd be dozens of alternatives, but I don't know that much about such things so I'm probably way off!

    Pretty bummed about this. I guess I'll have to export my starred items and try out one of these services now: http://web.appstorm.net/roundups/top-10-web-based-rss-readers/

      Surely new ones have popped up in the past 3 years which surpass those? Because all of those are -awful-.

        Pulse is alright, but I prefer the more utilitarian "list of headlines" to the pretty "wall of photos" view. It's OK for now but the search for a proper replacement continues!

    Oh damn, this is going to kill me. Google Reader is my main source of daily news. I have so many feeds in there. I'm hoping there's a DECENT alternative web based RSS reader out there.

    I wouldn't have even found out about this without Google reader, whats another good one?

    I've been looking for 30 minutes now but I can't find a good one. have a look at Newsblur.com, looks good but is down at them moment as 1000s of people are signing up,

    It doesnt seem like they update it ever, i dont get why they would need to shut it down as opposed to simply just pulling support and leaving it as-is (which is working quite well).

    About 80% of my internet time is google reader. As if you could bother going to a hundred different sites each day/week to see if anything new has happened.

    This sux.

    Hence the Death of RSS

    Boo

    Chill-pill people. The shutters come down on 1st July - 3 1/2 months away. A quick scan of the "replacements" shows that many of them use the GR engine (they are cosmetic front ends) either totally or as an option. Wait until the dust settles and it will become apparent which RSS-engines are still standing. Expect to part with a few bucks for a solid replacement service - GR is add free and has sucked the financial incentive out of RSS as long as it has been available. We have plenty of time to export our subscriptions through takeout. I'm sure that Luke and Angus will have some solid suggestions for us long before June is out. To borrow a phrase from KRudd - a long cold shower might be appropriate for some. PS Boo +1

    This has been planned ever since they removed the social aspects of reader. http://hivemined.org/ is looking to restore google reader to its former glory.i reckon this guy could use a kickstartr campaign

    This is why I'll never rely on a Google product. I'm constantly told by IT staff to switch to Google Docs and save money on Office. No freaking way.

    If I was gizmodo or any other site - I would be very afraid right about now. How else did I come to this web page? What happens when they aren't on my list that I happen to see every few hours and I have to remember to go to each site individually (not gonna happen)....

    Very bad outcome, makes me question the continued relevance of google on the web.

    Not sure if this is comparable, but Google Currents is doing a really good job for me. It's only on tablets / phones AFAIK and presents stuff in an easy-to-read format.

    Failing that, doesn't Pulse have a web version? Pulse for Android was incredible, until Google Currents won me over by syncing to my other devices without having to start a new account or sign in with Facebook.

    So for me it was first iGoogle, and now Reader. Has anyone found a decent replacement for iGoogle as well?

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