The company says it’s shutting down Google Reader, which debuted in 2005, as part of a broader “spring cleaning” initiative, allowing the world’s most popular search engine to concentrate on a smaller selection of services.
Google Reader will be shut down on July 1, 2013 – so you have plenty of time to find an alternative (we like www.Feedly.com, it has an app for multiple mobile platforms, browser add-ons and a regular website interface to boot).
Here’s the official announcement from Google:
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.
So what do you think? Are you upset that Google Reader is shutting down? What will you use as an alternative?