Today I open up my google reader and about to read my daily feed of book reviews and news, a dialogue box popped up and it says:
It is like someone has dropped a bombshell on me. I rely on Google Reader to keep in touch with your book blogs, my dear blogger friends. I rely on Google Reader to provide me with a quick view of posts which are unread, without having to click on every single website.
And now this….
I google up and this is what the report on Guardian published:
Google announced on Wednesday it will be gradually start closing down its RSS reader service Google Reader. Writing on the official Google Reader blog software engineer Alan Green posted that Google Reader will be retired on 1 July 2013. He said:
“We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too. There are two simple reasons for this: 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.”
One of the most popular services for browsing multiple RSS feeds – many have turned to the web to express their sadness at the announcement. I feel the same too. I rely on Google Reader to get in touch with my favourite blogs and I am sad to see it go.
Does everything has to be about profit making? Is there no altruistic business model that could sustain, such as wikipedia? If there isn’t a better alternative feeder out there and Google Reader is the best in the market, how is it possible that the use of the Reader is in decline?
I thought about WordPress feed but even that is not loading quick enough. Here are some of the best alternatives to Google Reader:
- Netvibes s a service has been around for about as long as Google Reader. Its basic service is free, and users can pay more for features like analytics, alerts and sentiment. Netvibes even has directions on how to import Reader information using Google Takeout.
- Feedly is a Google Chrome app that is also available on mobile devices. The service is free and also has instructions on how to transfer datafrom Google Reader.
- Newsblur is a straightforward RSS reader that has an easy button to add RSS feeds or to import data from Google Reader.
I have signed up to the free version of Netvibes and find it to be quite user friendly. It sort of quell my panic a little but it isn’t the same, is it? It is just too many bad news recently. The weather, work, library reservation charges, everything and now this. My spirit is dampened by this news. :(
What about you? Do you know about this? Do you use Google Reader to get in touch with the latest? How do you feel now that it is going to be closed down?