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Google has just announced that it will soon be shutting down Google Reader, one of the best RSS feed reading app that I have ever used. The reason that the company has given is that the use of the Google Reader app has declined over the years, and that the company wants to focus its energy on fewer products to make those few products better. That is understandable. But for the devoted Google Reader uses, including me, the company has provided “a three-month sunset period” within which we need to look out for an alternative RSS feed reader.

Alan Green, a software engineer at Google, says on the official Google blog post, “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.”

There are many other RSS readers available for free on the internet. And many people have already started looking out for better alternatives. You will already find a lot of Google Reader alternatives being compared on the internet. So finding another one will not be a big issue. But honestly, the development on RSS has stopped a long time back, so even we are able to find a good alternative, it is very likely that the support or development of the alternative as well would not be too good.

It would be good if anyone comes up with a new technology of using RSS in a better way, using our current subscriptions. In any case, when you are migrating to another RSS feed reader, the very first thing you need to do is take a backup of all your subscriptions on Google Reader so that you can pretty much instantly get started with another tool. For this, Google has provided the Google Takeout option.

Source: Google Reader Blog

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