July 1st 2013 Google Reader Will Close

google reader rss imageGoogle announced a few days ago that it as of July 1st 2013 Google reader will close. This has led many seo experts to believe that Google has lost interest as such in RSS readers.

 

The official news was released in a post on their official Google Blog:

 

“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”.

 

They also added in their Google Reader Blog:

 

“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“.

 

There are many alternatives to the Google reader such as  Newsblur and Feedly but if you are one of those who will miss using Google reader, there is an online petition that you can register with to see if it’s possible to keep it. You can find it at  http://keepgooglereader.com/.
Thank you for visiting.
Andrew Radics

 

 

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