What the…? Google to kill Google Reader
Wednesday, March 13th, 2013
Popular RSS reader will be shut down.
I’ve been using the popular RSS reader for many years to read domain blogs and other news sources, and transitioning to another RSS reader will be painful. The only Google services I use more than Reader are search and Gmail.
Worse, as a blogger, it could mean a number of lost subscribers. As of right now my feed has over 6,500 subscribers on Google Reader.
I assume (hope) that most of those people will subscribe with another RSS reader.
Google Reader is one of the few large RSS readers that provides subscription statistics, so it’s also a downer to lose this benchmark.
I realize Reader might not be a money maker for Google, but when a company abandons products like this it makes me less likely to invest time and energy in adopting its future products.
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