Thursday, March 21, 2013

Google Reader News

The biggest tech news story this week was Google shutting down Google Reader. The links below are a small fraction of the articles that were written. Google should think twice before abruptly shutting down a service used by almost all bloggers and reporters!

Here is the story:

On March 13th, Google posted the following to their official 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.

In saying "usage has declined", Google was being less than honest. The truth is Reader is very heavily used... more so than Google+. There are plenty of signs that Reader had millions of Active users, for example a Chrome Extension that would only be used by hard core Reader users had 869,743 users.

Quite simply, Google has lost trust among an important and large set of users.

Articles about or significantly mentioning Reader's demise

Go to Hell, Google, and Take Google Reader With You: Paul Bonner Rants

The demise of Google Reader: Stability as a service

Tech Tuesday: Google Reader is being killed, but why?

Google Reader joins graveyard of dead Google products

Google reportedly kills off Frommer’s travel guides in print

Google, RSS and the backlash of the Internet community

These next two go together:
Official Blog: Google Keep—Save what’s on your mind

A matter of trust: Will Google Keep stick around?

Google Reader now has 100,000 users who want it saved

Google shutting down Reader is great news

Articles about Alternatives

Speaking about my personal needs, none of the alternatives I've looked at are all that good.

The ultimate Google Reader alternatives list

Who will pick up RSS now that Google Reader is going bye-bye?

Digg Blog, We're Building A Reader

Best Google Reader Alternative?

5 great alternatives to Google Reader

Google Reader alternatives: The good, the meh' and the great?

Five Best Google Reader Alternatives

Best Google Reader Alternatives for Android

Combine IFTTT and Pocket, Evernote, or Gmail for a DIY Google Reader Replacement

The Best Google Reader replacement apps for Android

What follows Google Reader? Here Are 5 Possibilities

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