So I See, Google Reader

Is to retire soon! I get most of my feeds there.

News that service will be taken down sparks online petitions and protest site.

Screengrab from saveGoogleReader

Google is killing off Google Reader, its less-than-mainstream RSS aggregation tool, citing declining popularity.

The service will be taken down on 1 July. In a Google blogpost on the company’s “spring clean”, the firm’s senior vice-president of technical infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, said Reader launched in 2005 to help people track updates on their favourite sites, and it will be retired despite a loyal following.

“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,” he wrote.

RSS, which stands for either rich site summary or really simple syndication, became a familiar fixture on news sites in particular, encouraging users to subscribe to updates in their RSS reader via its distinctive orange button.

I should protest too!

BTW has anybody got any alternative aggregator suggestions? Just in case…

 

One thought on “So I See, Google Reader

  1. I am not happy. This is the first time Google has upset me. They should expect a few lightning bolts from on high until they reverse this decision. Why retire something that people use and that works so well.

    IN the meantime, for alternatives have a look here: http://dottech.org/100488/what-are-the-best-alternatives-to-google-reader-ask-dottechies/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=what-are-the-best-alternatives-to-google-reader-ask-dottechies

    Pax!

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