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Google Reader closing today

Google Reader closing today

Google Reader

Google has stuck to its guns and is pulling the plug on its free RSS reader, Google Reader.

Following the shock announcement back in March that it planned to close the service, Google has now followed through with its plan, forcing users of the service to seek alternative RSS readers from the end of today.

Although still very popular with a small core of users, the company decided the product wasn't broadly popular enough to be worth sustaining. This was despite a petition to keep the service going receiving 100,000 signatures within a few days.

Google software engineer Alan Green said of the closure: "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."

Created in 2005, Google Reader quickly became among the most popular RSS readers thanks to its simple design and speed.

With the demise of Google Reader, numerous companies have jumped at the opportunity to grab a share of its users, with the likes of Feedly offering a layout similar to Google Reader as well as a one-click tool for transferring old content. Digg also created a brand new reader called Digg Reader, which will be publicly available from tomorrow.

Other alternatives receiving recommendations include Newsvibe, Pulse, Tiny Tiny RSS, The Old Reader and NewsBlur.

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Icy EyeG 1st July 2013, 17:24 Quote
I made a very smooth transition to Feedly and I'm using gReader in my smartphone, to cover my offline reading needs.
IMHO, Feedly did a very good job and is the winner of this whole process: All you need to is login with your Google account and the migration is done automatically. Do it today, because afterwards it Google Reader is no more!
Phil Rhodes 1st July 2013, 19:39 Quote
Care not.

Have never used RSS.
sandys 1st July 2013, 19:59 Quote
Listen was an awesome app and syncing to Reader was great, I have not found replacements that work half as well as Listen which was a masterpiece in simplicity for podcasts, one of a number of things that feel wrong with Android you notice when moving from 2.3 to 4.2, no wonder people stay on old versions.

Can you still sync feeds somewhere using my google account?
Tim S 1st July 2013, 20:24 Quote
kthxbye
Icy EyeG 1st July 2013, 20:49 Quote
I've always wondered how people that don't use RSS keep themselves from visiting hundreds of websites everyday. Because that's what would happen to me if I didn't use RSS.
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Originally Posted by sandys
Can you still sync feeds somewhere using my google account?

No, if you want to sync feeds, you have to use Feedly or Newsblur. There's also The Old Reader, and Digg Reader, but they are still testing, particularly the latter is still very incomplete. All of these will Provide an API for apps to use just like Google Reader did.
gReader Pro (syncs to Feedly or The Old Reader atm) has some podcast features, but I'm sure that many podcast apps will start using syncing as well.
Meanmotion 1st July 2013, 22:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by Tim S
kthxbye

;)
Phil Rhodes 2nd July 2013, 00:15 Quote
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I've always wondered how people that don't use RSS keep themselves from visiting hundreds of websites everyday.

Because I'm not a captain of industry, politician, international journalist or other person who actually needs to be kept informed of what's going on in microscopic detail.

And neither are you.

All this "feed" drivel is about self-importance, not information.
Icy EyeG 2nd July 2013, 02:05 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes

All this "feed" drivel is about self-importance, not information.
Wat? I only use a RSS reader because it's a lot faster to keep track of my favorite sites and blogs, and I read most of it in the train or at lunch.
It has decreased my internet usage time dramatically, and I needed that because of college. It's that simple.
r3loaded 2nd July 2013, 09:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
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I've always wondered how people that don't use RSS keep themselves from visiting hundreds of websites everyday.

Because I'm not a captain of industry, politician, international journalist or other person who actually needs to be kept informed of what's going on in microscopic detail.

And neither are you.

All this "feed" drivel is about self-importance, not information.
Since no one can absorb all of the news produced in one day from every source, RSS feeds are about allowing you to follow specific sources that are of particular interest to you. It lets you see only the articles that are new and unread, allowing you to either read or skip over the new articles. It's about being more productive with your news reading and saving time that could be used somewhere else (reading on the train/at breakfast/over coffee comes to mind).

Also, some of us *do* need to be kept informed of what's going on, sometimes in microscopic detail as part of our jobs. Don't make assumptions about the readership of this site based on your own experience.
forum_user 2nd July 2013, 15:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Because I'm not a captain of industry, politician, international journalist or other person who actually needs to be kept informed of what's going on in microscopic detail.

And neither are you.

All this "feed" drivel is about self-importance, not information.

Erm. OK, cool, you're entitled to smack-down anyone who uses RSS.

But personally, I used Googles' Reader daily, mostly several times per day in fact, to sift through many hundreds of news stories from 100+ websites including this one.

Please note, I have not judged you and your online habits in this post. Go figure.

(Edit) actually it is more like 70-80 sites if I think about it. I've never counted them all though.
Gareth Halfacree 2nd July 2013, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Because I'm not a captain of industry, politician, international journalist or other person who actually needs to be kept informed of what's going on in microscopic detail. And neither are you.
But some people are one or more of the above, y'know - and unless you know of their life in greater detail than afforded by occasional forum contact via a nom de plume, you have no easy way of knowing who they might be. Just because you don't need something, doesn't mean it isn't needed; I don't need a dialysis machine, but I'm not going to decry their usefulness.
forum_user 3rd July 2013, 15:07 Quote
I feel like I've lost an arm. Can't be bothered to visit all the sites to see what their latest news is, or even worse, to visit them and find out there is no news ... gutted.
Spraduke 3rd July 2013, 19:49 Quote
Feedly has made a more than adequate replacement on my phone

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