Google has announced via its official blog that it is closing its RSS reader, Google Reader on July 1, 2013. The reason, according to the Mountain View-based tech giant, is the decrease in the service’s usage since Reader was launched in 2005. Recognizing that users may want to look for alternatives, Google offers a way of exporting their data via Google Takeout until the service is completely shut down to assist users in the transition.
Among these alternatives is Feedly, which is currently available on Android, iOS, and the web. Feedly, it appears, has anticipated the impending closing of Google Reader, and has been developing something similar to the Google Reader API. This will allow users to transition easily from Reader to Feedly without the need to subscribe to every website on one’s list of feeds on Reader again. Services which are reliant on Google Reader, meanwhile, will also be able to use Feedly as they have used Reader in the past. That said, Feedly’s interface is very different from Google Reader’s, and it may take time for Reader users to get used to Feedly’s interface, which appears similar to a newspaper.
Another alternative is Newsblur, which has an interface that is similar to Google Reader’s. Users can read through their subscriptions on a computer, or on an Android or iOS app.
Netvibes, another cloud-based RSS reader, also has a similar interface with Google Reader. It likewise lets users manage their social media accounts.
Apart from cloud-based RSS readers, desktop-based ones are also available. For instance, there is FeedDemon, which is for Windows users. Mac users, on the other hand, may try Reeder.
Those who prefer reading news on mobile devices may try apps such as Google Currents, Pulse, Taptu, and Flipboard. Pulse, for its part, is also available on the web.
Loyal users of Google Reader, however, are still engaged in an online campaign to salvage the service. On Twitter, such fans have started the campaign #SaveGoogleReader where users can show their support and petition Google not to axe the RSS reader.
Google’s spring cleaning will also close down other services, including Google Voice app for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, and Google Building Maker.