News Junkie Alert: Google Reader Is No More
RIP are in order — Google Reader is dead.
It survived eight years but Google has officially shut down this fan favorite. In its place there will be an improved RSS reader that’s yet to be invented. For alternatives in the meantime (or the long term) Feedly and NewsBlur are popular, while Digg and AOL, which owns The Huffington Post, will soon debut their own RSS readers.
Google Reader was launched in 2005 and the RSS (or Really Simple Syndication) reader organized news from multiple sources in an easy-to-use webpage. “Internet newshounds, who needed to only go to Reader instead of checking many news website to find latest news, came to love Google’s product,” notes The Huffington Post.
Over time however competitors, such as Twitter and Facebook’s Newsfeed, cropped up and Reader became less relevant. In March, Google announced that its Reader would be coming to an end. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined,” the company said.
Google Reader will become totally inactive today, so enjoy it while you can. This isn’t sitting pretty for fans of the service. “Social media sites — including Google+, which ironically many believe Google created in part to replace Reader — erupted with pleas and laments from Reader enthusiasts,” reports HuffPo. In fact, because of Google+, Google disabled the ability to share articles with other Reader users in 2011.
Did you still use Google Reader?