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March 14, 2013

Say goodbye to Google Reader

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Google is doing the usual spring clean and anything that isn’t getting used enough or they feel they just don’t like is getting scrapped. Unfortunately this time round we have to say goodbye to Google Reader as it will be disappearing on July 1st 2013. Here is what the Google’s official blog 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.

It is very surprising that Google is taking this step as I am a daily user and I know most of my friends are to so what is the problem? Other services that will be disappearing include CalDAV API, Google Cloud Connect, the Google Voice Blackberry app, and Google Building Maker, some of which will still function but no longer be available to download.

There are other alternatives to Google Reader like Flipboard, Feedly and Pulse but none of these gives us what we want and that is Google Reader. Feedly is a good choice that you may want to try out and has the added bonus of a seamless switch-over from Reader.

Are you a Google Reader user? How do you feel about this? Let us know below.

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