Lots of Google Reader users petition to keep it going

Late on Wednesday, Google announced that as part of one of its occasional "spring cleaning" of projects, it would shut down the Google Reader RSS feed website on July 1st. Google's reason for the closing of the site was that " ... over the years usage has declined."

Almost instantly after the announcement was made, Google Reader users took to posting their displeasure of this decision on Twitter and Facebook. An online petition on the Change.org website asking Google to reconsider their decision has already generated over 35,000 online signatures as of this writing.

At the same time, other RSS feed services are experiencing a lot of new activity as Google Reader users move their RSS subscriptions over to new sites. One of them is Feedly, which indicated on their blog site that they have been anticipating that Google would shut down Google Reader for a while. Feedly uses a plug in for Chrome and Firefox web browsers in addition to offering free iOS and Android apps.

The blog stated:

We have been working on a project called Normandy which is a feedly clone of the Google Reader API – running on Google App Engine. When Google Reader shuts down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless.

Feedly has apparently already experienced a lot of new people signing up to join their service; in fact the company had to upgrade their bandwidth so it could handle the new subscribers.

You can also subscribe to our RSS feed here. /shamelessplug

Source: Change.org via: News.com | Image via Google

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I'm blown-away by this - I've used it extensively to build a large collection of categorized feeds. I just assumed it to be one of those services too ubiquitous to ever be considered as redundant. It makes setting-up News-Bento, Flipboard etc. ridiculously easy.

So what is the obvious alternative? Where do I take my takeaway to?

I use Reader everyday as well. It's simple, organized and efficient. Now i'll have to find an alternative...

btw, that petition site doesnt load now.

I am gutted at this, I use Google reader every single day to keep up to date with everything. I don't like having to filter through twitter and social networks, there's too much cruft and it's just nor organised. Reader is brilliant at what it does, it's simple yet extremely powerful.

If you use only one PC, yes. However, many people access internet from home, from work and from a mobile device, and to keep read and unread items in sync between the devices, you use either use an online RSS reader, or RSS programs that use some service as a back-end. And while other online readers are generally worse than Google Reader, they do exist, and are mostly useable. However, there are no programs that use these services as sync service, probably because they lack corresponding APIs.

Weissmeister said,
If you use only one PC, yes. However, many people access internet from home, from work and from a mobile device, and to keep read and unread items in sync between the devices, you use either use an online RSS reader, or RSS programs that use some service as a back-end. And while other online readers are generally worse than Google Reader, they do exist, and are mostly useable. However, there are no programs that use these services as sync service, probably because they lack corresponding APIs.

Well, if you use Windows 8 on your different machines then your IE favorites and RSS feeds are synced to all of them. All my RSS feeds in IE on my desktop synced over to my hybrid tablet without doing anything. While it's not fully the same it's enough for most people.

I just use a rss reader on phone when I'm not using home PC.

Yeah, sync would be an issue if you use LOTS of rss. I only use ~8 feeds so don't care enough.

wingliston said,
Are people really becoming this lazy? How many devices does one person need? Just visit the original sites.

It's not about laziness. It's about productivity. You clearly never used an RSS feed.

Tell me, how many sites do you visit a day? Do you check it every hour? Or is it just once and that's it?

If you visit very few, and only once or twice, these types of products are not for you. Clearly they are designed for power users.

I like my news aggregated into one packaged source. Once I have marked something as read, I know what pops up as new.

I am for removing it, let everyone know that you are not safe at Google Cloud and the product you use may go away any moment.

That is part of the cloud software, you cannot download it locally, and once the company stops offering it, it is gone.

Welcome to the future, welcome to Google Cloud!

you can download it to move it to another platform
that's what google takeout is for

beside even MSN Messenger is not safe anything that need some auth mecanism can be a problem

NesTle said,
you can download it to move it to another platform
that's what google takeout is for

beside even MSN Messenger is not safe anything that need some auth mecanism can be a problem

You can download YOUR DATA for the reader app NOT the reader app itself that gathers the data

MSN Messenger is a cloud app as well, just the old style, the one that had to install things on your PC and use the MS Servers.

john.smith_2084 said,
I am for removing it, let everyone know that you are not safe at Google Cloud and the product you use may go away any moment.

That is part of the cloud software, you cannot download it locally, and once the company stops offering it, it is gone.

Welcome to the future, welcome to Google Cloud!

Same could be said about any company.

The fact Google is killing this simply means it doesn't have enough users and enough data for them to mined and sell ads etc. I doubt any petition will change things, this should at least show people how little they care about supporting things.

DarkNet said,

Facts you say. OK source please?

The fact is stated in the article, Google is killing yet another service, just the newest in a growing list. The common sense is that the reason is it doesn't have the users to make it worth it, otherwise it'd keep going. You don't kill a service that gets heavy use out of the blue like this and if you do you have a replacement ready, i.e. messenger to Skype.

The reason why they are closing it is I imagine 90% of the hits are coming from 3rd party clients where Google has no control over pushing ads

DomZ said,
The reason why they are closing it is I imagine 90% of the hits are coming from 3rd party clients where Google has no control over pushing ads

If it was just apps they could've done what twitter does and tweaked the APIs to limit 3rd party apps. It's not like they haven't messed with them before for other things.

GP007 said,

The fact is stated in the article, Google is killing yet another service, just the newest in a growing list. The common sense is that the reason is it doesn't have the users to make it worth it, otherwise it'd keep going. You don't kill a service that gets heavy use out of the blue like this and if you do you have a replacement ready, i.e. messenger to Skype.

Where is the fact that they are not collecting as much data as you claimed. You did say that. I am not impressed by your "knowledge" thus far. But I had a good laugh.

My RSS Apps are Twitter and Google+. Majority of websites have a huge presence on social media platforms. Look at Neowin for instance.

But for the vast majority of users their are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader.