Google shocked the internet today when it announced it would be ending Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Reader hasn’t been getting much attention from Google lately on desktop or mobile devices, but it’s still a big part of many user’s daily internet consumption habits. Reader is just one of many services Google is retiring as part of its spring cleaning ritual.
Some other services that are leaving include Google Voice for BlackBerry, Snapseed Desktop for Mac and Windows, Google Cloud Connect, Google Building Maker and the Search API for Shopping. While I’m sure there are people out there who are upset that any of these services are shutting down, Google Reader is by far the biggest disappointment.
It’s a good idea to start thinking about some Google Reader replacements. While you figure that out, you can download all your Reader data from Google Takeout. The download will include your subscriptions, lists of people you follow, posts you’ve liked, notes you’ve created and more.
I get the feeling the internet won’t let Google Reader go down without a fight. Yes there are more aesthetically pleasing RSS readers available, but Google Reader is like that old truck you know you can depend on.
Source [Official Google Blog]