If you’re the sort of person that subscribes to RSS feeds (and here at FirstFound, we most certainly are), then the chances are that you use Google Reader. And if you are, you’ll probably already be part of a furious backlash.
While Google Reader has a niche audience (RSS feeds have never been as popular as social media is now), it’s undoubtedly the best Reader out there, and as such has gained a loyal and vocal following. So the news that as of July 1, 2013, it will be consigned to the same scrapheap as Wave and Buzz has not been taken well by bloggers and journalists:
“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.”
Google Blog Post
The reaction across the web has been overwhelmingly negative. Forbes has claimed that the move is a “strange attack on Bloggers and the Public Internet”, the New Statesman has released a list of alternative services, and the unwashed masses on Twitter and Google+ are gnashing their teeth and rending their clothes.
But despite this backlash, it’s unlikely that Google are going to continue supporting a product that just isn’t making them any money.
The following products will also be ditched in another spring cleaning massacre:
- GUI Builder and other UiApp widgets – Google Apps developer tools
- Google Building Maker – a 3d modelling tool for Google Earth and Maps
- Google Cloud Connect – has been superceded by Google Drive
- Google Voice App for Blackberry – replaced by a HTML5 App
Popular homepage iGoogle will also be dropped soon, but by then Google say you should be spending all your time on Google+ anyway.
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