Google ditches RSS Subscription Extension for Chrome

Many users are still upset that Google plans to shut down its Google Reader RSS subscription feed website on July 1. The decision continues to be debated in Internet circles, and now it appears Google is already distanced itself from other RSS services.

TechCrunch noted today that Google has removed its RSS Subscription Extension for its Chrome web browser from the Chrome web store. It's not immediately clear just when the extension went missing, but the intent seems to be clear: Google wants to get out of offering any support for anything that's related to RSS in favor of its own Google+ service. TechCrunch further reports that the RSS Subscription Extension no longer works for people who have previously downloaded and installed the plug-in on their Chrome browser.

Meanwhile, the online petition to save Google Reader that started up late on Wednesday has now generated more than 100,000 signatures in 48 hours or so. The Next Web got a response from Google about the petition, but the statement seemed to ignore its existence. Instead it said, "We’ve given an overview of our reasoning and plans on our blog posts on the Official Google Blog and the Google Reader blog, and we’ll be communicating directly with our users as we make these changes."

Source: Chrome Web Store via TechCrunch | Image via Google

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It seems everyone wants to abolish RSS. What exactly is replacing it? G+? Facebook? Twitter? RSS is just too open, isn't it? I know Google would love to see a mass adoption of G+, but it's not going to happen, ever. Later down the road they'll end up changing the strategy, and that social atrocity will be killed. It's so obvious.

The RSS extension is one of the few extensions that I keep installed, and it's a feature that should have been built into Chrome to start with.

I generally prefer Google products, but I'm starting to get annoyed with them also.

I wish someone would explain to me what is replacing RSS. Am I supposed to go back to bookmarking each blog I want to read and then go to each one everyday to see if there's something new? Seriously, what's the new, "better" thing?

shawncm217 said,
I wish someone would explain to me what is replacing RSS. Am I supposed to go back to bookmarking each blog I want to read and then go to each one everyday to see if there's something new? Seriously, what's the new, "better" thing?

just say fu google and use another RSS reader.

Why the hell they couldn't spin it off and or sell a subscription to keep it active, is beyond me.. but this is becoming of google and it is freaking annoying.. its BEEN annoying..

why in the hell do you need rss when flipboard/google current is much better. they are like the next version of rss. its like hating on microsoft for dropping support for xp

ahoncbt said,
why in the hell do you need rss when flipboard/google current is much better. they are like the next version of rss. its like hating on microsoft for dropping support for xp

Because RSS is a text based low bandwidth high data density format that I can receive quickly. Because I don't need or want massive images downloaded for items I'm not interested in. Because I'm not on a fast connection. Because the "magazine" experience doesn't work on smartphone screens. Because there's nothing wrong with it.

I do use Flipboard and Pulse, but I use RSS far more.

I started using RSS once it was introduced in IE...7? I don't remember. But even it has taken a back seat in IE. The toolbar is completely gone by default, you have to show it to even add a new RSS subscription. Is everyone trying to get us of RSS?

greenwizard88 said,
It's gone from OS X too. I was wondering the same thing, I don't get it.

flipboard/google current/pulse is much better. they are like the next version of rss.
RSS need to die, lets move to the next web

ahoncbt said,

flipboard/google current/pulse is much better. they are like the next version of rss.
RSS need to die, lets move to the next web

Those products have entirely different UXs from the inbox-style RSS feed reader, which means they will not be able to address all use cases, and whether they address a majority is still unknown.

At any rate, "better" in this case is purely subjective, and you should realize that and stop pretending your opinion is somehow absolute.

Joshie said,

Those products have entirely different UXs from the inbox-style RSS feed reader, which means they will not be able to address all use cases, and whether they address a majority is still unknown.

At any rate, "better" in this case is purely subjective, and you should realize that and stop pretending your opinion is somehow absolute.


This is what happens with noobs. ms made rss plugin for outlook and people think rss is inbox style. if flipboard make plugin for all emails they become inbox style too.

I can say this to you as well "At any rate, your opinion in this case is purely subjective, and you should realize that and stop pretending your opinion is somehow absolute."

ahoncbt said,

I can say this to you as well "At any rate, your opinion in this case is purely subjective, and you should realize that and stop pretending your opinion is somehow absolute."

Uhhh, maybe you can say it, but it wouldn't make any sense in this context. Go look up the word subjective and tell me where it applies to my post. Otherwise you just look illiterate, kiddo.

Joshie said,

Uhhh, maybe you can say it, but it wouldn,t make any sense in this context. Go look up the word subjective and tell me where it applies to my post. Otherwise you just look illiterate, kiddo.

illiterate ? more like a ****ing idiot. But you illustrated the point well Joshie.

Ahoncbt, go crawl back under that rock and do the interwebz a favour.