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Google Reader Shutting Down in July 2013

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Looks like Google Reader is going the way of Google Wave.

Google last night made the shocking announcement that it would be shutting down Google Reader in about four months' time. The search giant made the announcement via the official Google Blog in a post entitled 'A Second Spring of Cleaning.' Yesterday's post is a follow on from 2011's clean out that saw the death of Google Desktop, Google Maps API for Flash, and Sidewiki (among others).

"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," Google explained. "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."

Unfortunately, Google hasn't talked much about what avid users of the service can do once Reader does go offline. Other produces, like Google Wave, were shut down to make way for other solutions (in Google Wave's case, Google+). Right now, fans of the service are feeling a bit lost and abandoned.

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    HVDynamo , March 14, 2013 8:55 AM
    And this is why I avoid getting too hooked into any cloud services.
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    xoxo , March 14, 2013 8:50 AM
    omg, why??? i love google reader Q.Q
    can anyone recommend an alternative that sync on mobile and pc in term of read and unread.
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    HVDynamo , March 14, 2013 8:55 AM
    And this is why I avoid getting too hooked into any cloud services.
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    myromance123 , March 14, 2013 9:36 AM
    HVDynamoAnd this is why I avoid getting too hooked into any cloud services.

    You said it. Same reason I don't buy always-online games. Once the provider stops providing, you're left with nothing.
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    chapas , March 14, 2013 9:37 AM
    :( 
    i use Google Reader every single day!!!! WTHELL
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    lindethier , March 14, 2013 9:42 AM
    I live on Google Reader, this sucks! :( 
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    sun-devil99 , March 14, 2013 9:51 AM
    I too use Google Reader as I love the sync feature between my two computers and my Nexus 7. I used to use Brief the Firefox extension, but it had been getting buggy, doesn't sync and I use Chrome now as my main browser.
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    n0manarmy , March 14, 2013 10:11 AM
    This is probably the same reason they're shutting google/ig down as well. I feel this is a big mistake since people depend reader and google/ig as actual, effective tools, in aggregating their own personal news.
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    HenrikG , March 14, 2013 12:34 PM
    Why Google? First you announce you'll be getting rid of iGoogle and now Reader. I love you but damn, you're really starting to annoy me with stupid choices...
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    fritters , March 14, 2013 2:07 PM
    Wow. The only way I read any pages at all, including this one, is through google reader.
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    braitBR , March 14, 2013 4:44 PM
    They keep Google+ and Orkut, but shut Reader down? Srsly? One of their best and most useful products! why?!
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    sublime2k , March 14, 2013 6:29 PM
    Sucks. I've been using Google Reader for maybe 2 months now.
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    STravis , March 14, 2013 6:39 PM
    Can't say I'm impacted by this...nope, can't say that.
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    shriganesh , March 15, 2013 3:11 AM
    WTF! I've been using Google reader for almost 3 years now! It really helps me keep in sync with what I've read! I love it so much! Freaking Google! I never expected this nasty card from you!
    Anyway I have moved to http://www.newsblur.com/ which is NOT for users with large number of feed URLs (unless they are willing to pay)
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    PhoneyVirus , March 15, 2013 6:35 PM
    An just like many others one day your hot the next day your not, just to name a few Mozilla Thunderbird, Microsoft`s Messenger-Hotmail and now Google Reader. Also I started using Google reader late last year for a couple months then dumped it for something like Mozilla Firefox browser. But what do I know here are a couple of RSS Readers that are better then Google Reader.

    Snarfer: http://www.snarfware.com/
    RSS Bandit: http://rssbandit.org/
    FeedDemon: http://www.feeddemon.com/ (Another piece of software that might be dead Check out the link for your self)