RIP Google Reader: Google’s RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates]

googlereader   RIP Google Reader: Googles RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates]Google Reader, Google’s popular RSS application, will be shut down on July 1 of this year. The company has revealed the news in a blog post that spells the end for another batch of Google features and products. The company has cited a decline in users as the main reason for Reader’s closure, though admits the service has a “loyal following”.

While the news may strike some as a shock, this latest round of what Google has called “spring cleaning” is part of a company-wide effort which has been ongoing since 2011, and has seen the loss of other declining products including iGoogle.  This round’s casualties also include the Google Building Designer, a software for adding 3D building to Google Maps, and the Google Voice app for BlackBerry which the company hopes to replace with an HTML5 version.

Google Reader users looking to export their data can do so using the Google Takeout service, though the many RSS applications that already depend on Google Reader will cease to function.

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In addition to a handful of API and developer closures the company is also shutting down Google Cloud Connect on April 30 and will no longer be selling or providing support for Snapseed Desktop on Windows or Mac (though the Android and iOS versions will remain in the App Stores, for free).

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Google’s SVP of Technical Infrastructure, Urs Hölzle, broke the news, stating: “we need to focus—otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact … by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on building great products that really help in their lives.”

What do you think of the closure of Reader? Do you have any alternatives to recommend? Has Google lost the plot, or is this a smart move?

Source: Official Google Blog

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Shafiq Khan

This is sad news… I rely on Google Reader a lot for all my news. :-(

Any alternative options out there?

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Bilal Ahmed

You can use feedly which offers to import all of your google reader data. So it will be an easy shift.

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Max

I personally am not a big fan of feedly, as it has ads and is focused on READING articles, while I just want a tool to stay updated.

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Jerry

‘Feedly’ works well for me. They already interface with Google Reader and they are gearing up for many new users because of the shutdown.

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Meena Bassem

WT** are they doing that? i use it daily even much more than facebook, and i really like that i can get the feeds, and star some of them and keep them for reading later. and i don’t think there an alternative that’s good enough as google reader, why does it bother them? why don’t they just keep it going?

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Tim Brookes

Because they are Google and only really care if they can make money on advertising using it. That and it wasn’t the ineffable source of Google+ shareables the company dreamed of. Google doesn’t care about end users, that much has been demonstrated with the closure of iGoogle, slapping a price tag on Apps and now the closure of Reader.

If it’s not overpriced AR glasses that pump adverts into your skull…

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Rademaker

I don’t understand the need for wiping it out completely. If they just kept the software as it is, I would have used it for another 10 years. How much effort does it take to maintain such a simple program? Can’t they sell or give the service to some other organization or person?

I hope someone makes an alternative reader that is in as many ways as possible exactly identical to google reader. I’ve tried some alternatives but the small differences make the transition annoying. The first alternative I tried actually crashed on me.

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Tim Brookes

In the grand scheme of things I’d have thought that the cost of keeping Reader going costs virtually nothing considering the money Google is making elsewhere. That is of course just an assumption, but I’d be shocked if I was wrong.

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Tug R

I would assume that you’re correct. There are probably other motivations for shutting it down; such as directing users to Google+.

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Dave Bakker

This makes me sad also, I use reader all the time to follow m,y free books on amazon and many other feeds. I am trying Netvibes but am not liking it too much yet. I will take a peek at Feedly also

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rolio

Rolio (http://www.rolio.com) is an alternative to Google Reader which, in addition to RSS, also supports the integration of Facebook and Twitter into your timeline for real-time updates. Rolio also supports the importing of your Google Reader feeds.

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Tim Brookes

I can’t help but think we’re going to see a lot of similar services popping up in the near future. Thanks for the shout.

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Diane Elhard

Feedly also allows you to see updates from Twitter and Facebook. I’ve been using it for a couple of days and I sort of like it. Not like I “like” and “count on” Google Reader, but if Google insists on doing this, I’ll make the transition ok.

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Rick Shortt

First Picasa Web Albums, now this. What’s next – gmail and search? Or maybe Chrome? I like Google and have heavily switched to it for many things but it sucks when they get rid of great things that you’ve come to rely on heavily : (

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Scott

As I commented in the other recent thread on readers, NewsBlur (my favorite) has received quite a large number of new users as a result of this announcement, so many that the developer has had to reduce the number of sites the reader’s free account level follows (from 64 to 12) ! And it’s been very slow as a result of the influx of new subscribers. But many like it so much, they’re willing to pay the $1/mo. for the service. I just may do so, too. :-)

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toko grosir kosmetik – 1tokogrosir

Woow This is bad… I rely on Google Reader a lot for all my site.

may alternative options out there?

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Tim Brookes

Look out for a dedicated post on MUO about this soon, we’re collecting as many quality alternatives as we can and sticking them all in a post :)

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Diane Elhard

So far, I like Feedly. I’m still hoping Google comes to it’s senses, changes it’s mind and GR gets to stay, but if it doesn’t, I’ll transition. Feedly is promising to import all your stuff ( I’ve already tried it and it even imported my starred stuff ) and to be as much like GR as possible, so we’ll see. I’m going to try some others too and see what I think.

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Tim Brookes

I personally think it’s unlikely Google will reverse the decision, though I really hope they do even if it’s just to extend the deadline a little while the rest of the web gets its stuff together. They didn’t reverse the decision to close iGoogle and a lot of people were disgruntled, but then they weren’t necessarily the loud journo/blogger types that use Google Reader. In that respect, Reader’s fanbase can kick up a very big stink.

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Mayur Godhani

So sad news for bloggers who used to get latest updates through RSS feeds using Google Reader :(

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Uchitha Jayathissa

going to loose a nice tool.

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Bilal Ahmed

i daily use google reader and it is more important for me than facebook or any other social media. There is great protest from users all around the world after this stupid decision from google. Now it is doubtful for users to use any google service because google can close it anytime. There are petitions available on Change.org to save google reader. I think google will reconsider this stupid decision.

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Tim Brookes

I doubt petitions will make much difference, though I agree with you a news reader is entirely different to a social network. I don’t think Google sees this, and would rather us all follow our respective sources on Google+ instead. That would be all well and good if Google+ came anywhere near a replacement for a good old fashioned feed, but from a publisher’s point of view it’s still lacking many features.

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Bryan R. Adams

Sad day. There are many of us who have remained true to RSS and the features of Google Reader.

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Asif Mdsh

This is stupid! Why do they want to shut down Google Reader of all things??? I use Google Reader more than any of the Google’s services…

If this was Gmail, then I wouldn’t mind it much. But it’s Google Reader & there’s no RSS reader out there in Market anywhere near its goodness?

I hope this is some kinda jokes or something. :(

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Tim Brookes

Gmail would be far worse. Seriously, this news sucks I agree but you have to remember it’s a lot easier to export your feeds, sort out a replacement news reader and adjust than it is to lose your email provider.

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1hegame

For me There are just NO Alternatives. All flipboard, netvibes, feedly, feeddemon are FAIL for me.

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Max

Same here. I want something simple that’s linked to my google account.

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Tim Brookes

Something with a kick-ass API, tons of apps that integrate and dead simple operation? Yeah we might be waiting a short while but I’m sure there’s plenty of people scrambling to build the next big RSS thing.

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Surfer

This is the bad move by Google. I depend on Google Reader alot. Created and organized tags based on the content I am reading the blogs.

Now I am screwed and fucked up. Don’t know how to export tags.

One day, They will remove Gmail and make us to move to Google+.

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Diana Lane

I’m very bummed. I don’t use Firefox and don’t know what to switch to on IE.

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John Wallach

This sucks! Anyone know of a way to transfer all my current Google reader feeds to another reader without having to transfer one at a time?

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Randy Menard

John: if you go to the settings gear in Reader, you will see import/export choice in the menu bar. Click on that and use Takeout to create a zip file for your reader subscriptions. It will download to your computer. Unzip the file and in the archive you will see a file called “subscriptions.xml”. Open your new reader, (I am using Liferea in Mint 13 again) import that file. All your subscriptions will be there. Hope this helps.

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John Wallach

Thanks for your suggestion. I’ll give it a try.

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Tim Brookes

Don’t forget it also depends on the service you’re migrating to accepting that file, and if the service you’re opting for doesn’t accept it at the moment then surely in a few updates it will (so be patient, I guess)!

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Graham Richardson

This is sad and worrying too. Apart from GMail Reader is probably the service I use more than anything else. Although I am sure I will find a replacement (and I will be relying on MUO for any decent suggestions!) it is a real pain to loose such a great service – it just works!

More worrying is the general trend to shut down popular services like this. I am a real Google person. I use many of their services including Blogger and Sites. Is it safe to continue to invest my time in these services? Should I bite the bullet and find alternatives now?

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Max

Not just yet.. google shuts down things that aren’t in active use.. although this may have been an exception.

Blogger has tons of frequently accessed blogs and sites is the official host of the chromium project, so I doubt they will be shut down yet.

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Tim Brookes

Google has a nasty habit of doing things like this, though usually they give their users more notice (iGoogle got a year I think). Google has put a lot of effort into Blogger and Sites over the last few years (particularly the responsive Blogger designs and templates) plus the company actively uses Blogger for their news announcements so I think you’ll be ok for now. Sites I’m not so sure about!

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Max

What the heck?? What is google thinking now? Where else are we supposed to go?

Google reader was one of my most often-used google products!

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Jake Shakespeare

Make no mistake: Google is interested in one thing only–the number of eyeballs on ads, nothing else. The problem with free services is that you have no say in their ultimate fate. I’ve lost iGoogle, and before that the notes service, and now G-reader.

I’m not going to be corralled onto the misbegotten Google Plus, which seems to be their plan here. In fact I’m going to wean myself off of Gmail and Calendar, which are my last two Google services. It’s worth paying for something to make sure it doesn’t get yanked out from under you.

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Tim Brookes

This. This whole comment.

Google couldn’t care less about a service unless it can fill it to the brim with adverts. Who’s excited about Project Glass now, then?

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John

As there is no personal data Google can harvest from its users using reader then this shows what Google really thinks of its users (cant make money from ya personal data ill dump the service). There are plenty of better RSS readers out there even Firefox has great RSS reader addons. If Google doesn’t care then do what i did and move on to better services.

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Anand

The old reader is worthy of note. They dont have a huge fan base. But its gives you a look of google reader and its simple.. With the recent events I hope they will improve much more on their presentation..
And feedly is good.. But i dont want it with very rich UI… It needs to be simple and to the point.
I think it will be really hard to get a good alternative for Google Reader

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Nevzat A

I just switched to Feedly, unfortunately it’s slow. Today’s good news is Digg working on a Google Reader replacement with a compatible API : http://www.engadget.com/2013/03/14/digg-building-google-reader-replacement-same-api/

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suneo nobi

so sad!!!!!

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macwitty

Sad – I have stared to use feedly and hope it will work out well.

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Samuel

Like many others have commented, I’m still struggling to understand the reasons behind this move.

Is the service so time, server, human resource consuming that it has to be wiped off the grid? I mean, I can understand that money matters… but they could have easily left Google Reader in the state it currently is. Who cares if Google gets redesigned or something like that… I’m perfectly fine using it with its current aspect, even if it doesn’t follow it’s brother products.

I’m disappointed.

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Samuel Almeida

P.S.: I’m transitioning to ‘The Old Reader’.

So far, despite some ‘slowness’ – I guess everyone’s trying out the alternatives, slowing down every RSS option – I’m please.

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Samuel Almeida

[Sorry for the repeat]

Like many others have commented, I’m still struggling to understand the reasons behind this move.

Is the service so time, server, human resource consuming that it has to be wiped off the grid? I mean, I can understand that money matters… but they could have easily left Google Reader in the state it currently is. Who cares if Google gets redesigned or something like that… I’m perfectly fine using it with its current aspect, even if it doesn’t follow it’s brother products.

I’m disappointed.

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SaapeXD MoHods

IS there a replica of google Reader? XD

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suneo nobi

There is a easy way out to migrate and import your subscriptions if you use Maxthon browser…………………………………………..

http://www.maxthon.com/rss/

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anakim

LOL and right next to this is a link to…
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/what-you-need-to-know-about-integrating-google-services-with-windows-8/

Perhaps you should write an article on the services to avoid cos they don’t help Google et al focus (read: make a boatload of cash without paying taxes)?
LOL