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?