Google Reader is officially dead!

Yet another Google service is laid to rest.

Well folks that dreaded day is finally upon us as Google Reader is now officially dead. Though there's no clear reason for why Google decided to terminate the service, one thing's for sure: it's not coming back.

In case you somehow missed the story, Google announced back in March that they would be shutting down their RSS news-reader service. According to Google this was only a "niche" product but, even so, there are certainly many people on the interwebs sad to see it go.

Users taken by surprise can still download their Reader data via Google checkout, but they need to hurry as all information stored on Google's servers will be systematically deleted starting on July 15.

Users visiting the Google Reader website are now met with the following notice, which includes instructions on how to download your data and move to an alternative service:

Thank you for stopping by.

Google Reader has been discontinued. We want to thank all our loyal fans. We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you'll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader.


The Google Reader team

Frequently-asked questions

  1. What will happen to my Google Reader data?

    All Google Reader subscription data (eg. lists of people that you follow, items you have starred, notes you have created, etc.) will be systematically deleted from Google servers. You can download a copy of your Google Reader data via Google Takeout until 12PM PST July 15, 2013.

  2. Will there be any way to retrieve my subscription data from Google in the future?

    No -- all subscription data will be permanently, and irrevocably deleted. Google will not be able to recover any Google Reader subscription data for any user after July 15, 2013.

  3. Why was Google Reader discontinued?

    Please refer to our blog post for more information.

Of course it's not all bad news. The demise of Google Reader has been a blessing for other RSS services, such as Feedly. These services will no doubt rapidly increase their marketshare and value and who knows, they might even be bought by Google some time in the future.

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Shame on you, Google. Reader was useful and the online alternatives are still subpar.

But this isn't affecting me, as a I abandoned Google Reader a bit before the first rumor of their demise.

Using native browser functionality (of IE10) for this task now.

I didn't use Google Reader but I tried to sign up for Feedly yesterday because I read they were working on a Windows Phone app, only to realize you need a Google account to do so. Dumb. Looking for something else I guess.

Mulsivaas said,
My good god, is AOL becoming relevant again?!

Relevant or irrelevant, nobody cares, there is an aol reader and it works pretty good on my desktop and my nexus 4, and it is nicer than Google Reader (user interface)

Now, is it called AOL or Quqkazulu?, no one cares, it is nice and it works!

Maybe if they call it Quadro XP Zelta 3XFR Turbo with XM Technology techies will rush like litle girls "oh my god, oh my god, it has the XM 3XFR technology, it is cool"

Another AOL Reader user here. Been enjoying it. It's functionally much the same as Google Reader, although there are a few bugs here and there (it is a beta after all).

Is feedproxy dying as well? I only ask as I got here from gReader (that uses Feedly which imported from Reader) via that service...

Not a fan of Feedly, but CommaFeed looks good, and with a userscript from it looks more like Google Reader than I clips have hoped

Feedly is coming around. It just needs to make the Feedly cloud scale to the size of a monitor and not some FIXED width.