As you probably have heard by now the Google Reader will be retired, among other Google features and products, on July 1st. This announcement was made on March 13th on the official Google Blog. I was extremely disappointed by the news. I have used it for several years. According to the official Google Reader blog, there are two reasons for the retirement, “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.”
They also expressed sadness to the Google Reader following. “We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.” Google Reader was introduced into the Google Labs in October 2007 with the goal to “spend more time reading what’s important.” I believe they accomplished it. I used Google Reader on a regular basis to read subscribed blogs, find relevant content to post on social media profiles and follow industry keywords. Back in 2011, I wrote about my Google addiction to its products/features.
Mashable provided a list of Google Reader Alternatives listed below. You can read their post for specific information about each.
- Twitter List
According to another recent article by Mashable, More Than 500,000 Google Reader Users Migrate to Feedly. Feedly has already made updates to make the transition easier to their product. Although, I am actively looking for an alternative to Google; I have not made my choice yet. You can keep your Google Reader data, including subscriptions, by using Google Takeout. It allows you to download data that you created in (or imported into) of Google products. Over on the J K Virtual Office blog, Kimberly offers a quick step-by-step guide to using Google Takeout.
Have you migrated to a new platform? Were you one of the 500,000 users that moved over to Feedly? Please let me know how you like it?
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