Google Killing Google Reader On July 1.

Google Killing Google Reader On July 1.

I logged into Google Reader today to find a message that they're going to kill it come July 1, 2013.  It is part of their Spring Cleaning initiative that they do on a (needed) regular basis. She's gonna go the way of 70 other Google programs they've shut down (http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2013/03/a-second-spring-of-cleaning.html).

Google Reader has been the backbone of my content aggregation and consumption strategy for as long as I can remember. I run everything through it and sync it through all of my devices using Reeder and the like.

I get that the general world hasn't grabbed onto RSS the way we all hoped it would but this one, friends, is going to hurt.  

BTW, I just checked, Feedburner is not currently on the list.

What is your take?  Will you miss it as much as I will?  Does anyone have an alternative?  

CTT


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  • phoenix

    Feeling your pain and looking for an alternative as well.

  • paulcolligan

    If you come up with one, please post it here … I promise to do the same.

  • Dan Q

    It’s pretty awful news, to be sure. I’m not sure that anything will quite fill the hole left by Google Reader, although NewsBlur is perhaps the best candidate. I’ve made a list of that and some of my other favourite alternatives to Google Reader (and instructions on exporting/importing your feeds over), at http://hg.s.danq.me/, if you’re interested.

  • Pascale Raymond

    It seems to be quite popular right now and site has hiccups, as people may be looking for an alternative. But theoldreader.com might be the closest thing to our beloved Reader.

  • paulcolligan

    Do any apps sync with it? The whole power of Reader is not the destination, but the infrastructure that it allows.

  • Pascale Raymond

    Didn’t even think of that, sorry! I wouldn’t know, as it’s not something I need. But looking at it, I’d doubt it. It’s quite light.

  • UWBHusky123

    NOT happy with the choice! Nice going Google!!!!!!!

  • Dennis Rice

    By killing Reader, which I use all day, every day Google is driving home the point: “Don’t use/rely on our products! The more you love it, the worse it’ll be when we kill it.”

    Point taken.

  • Paul_Werner
  • paulcolligan

    I’ve heard about this / easy to predict it was coming. Think it has a chance?

  • paulcolligan

    Thanks for the list.

  • paulcolligan

    It sure gets you thinking about what you own and what owns you.

  • paulcolligan

    Yup

  • Paul_Werner