Google Reader to join the list of canceled projects on July 1

by: Chris SmithMarch 14, 2013


Out of nowhere, Google on Wednesday announced a “second spring cleaning,” which means more Google projects will be shut down, including the Google Reader web app that’s so popular with some crowds, including tech writers such as ourselves.

Google Reader will be available until July 1, so users still have over three months to secure the services of a different feed reader. They’ll also be able to export their Google Reader data via Google Takeout and continue using it with other software.

Hardcore Reader users will certainly protest against Google’s decision to terminate this particular program, but apparently there aren’t that many Reader users left, otherwise the company would have kept it in place:

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

And then there’s this need to focus on fewer projects that we’ve seen with Google starting with fall 2011. Including the new round of project cancelations, Google will have killed 70 projects once this second spring cleaning ends .

Let’s hear it from you, Reader users, what software will you choose as your next feed reader? What apps are you using on your Android device to keep up with your feeds?

  • Traian

    I just marked all my 1000+ items as read, by accident, using Feedly :)
    However, it looks like a good alternative, I just need to get more accustomed to it.

    • Firas Al-Ragom

      Thanks for that recommendation. I’m extremely dependent on Google Reader for all my work/tech news which I check from various PCs at work, home as well as my Android phone. Feedly looks like a great alternative that I’ve never tried before. Signed up and giving it a try now.

  • K.

    It’s really too bad. I use Reader every day for scientific publications. Its quite used in academia. Now, I must look elsewhere.

  • Martin Barilík

    What about those, who bought greader pro ???

  • I use it daily for tech news

    Because I don’t to check each site

    Also I just bought gReader pro

    Sad to know that it’s being canceled

  • Conner Rhoads

    I really don’t understand what Google is thinking with this maneuver. If they were taking steps to fold Reader into G+, this would make sense, but nothing about it really hits home.

    The only rationale I can come up with is by their nature, RSS readers lower site traffic statistics and thus potential ad revenue. Google ALSO taking a stance on ABP on Android seems like Google is taking a definitive stance to protect ad support sites/apps.

    If this is their rationale for Reader, there has to be a better way to address it then just shutting it off. A lot of people like me depend on it. Google Reader is essentially my “news paper” and I don’t think its unreasonable to believe its probably the website I hit the most every day.

    Grumble, grumble — this is most frustrating. This announcement is only one step below Google announcing they’re discontinuing Gmail >.<

  • Grumble is right… This was a fantastic way for me to keep my BeyondPod subscriptions in sync across multiple devices. I’ll be switching to whatever BP decides to implement.

  • robrrt

    Odd that the “usage of Google Reader has declined”, yet on the day of this announcement, most of the better alternative aggregation sites are slammed beyond use.