Google Reader Is Going Away
A friend of mine who knows how much I love to aggregate content using Google Reader sent me an editorial cartoon breaking the news. The cartoon has a woman running with a burning stick and yelling….
Why? Why is my content aggregator going away? We’ve shared such great memories. Together we have created folders for various target markets and clients, and then built our collection of blogs and websites by adding URLs and searching keywords for only the finest caliber of content.
Maybe this is just a hoax? Nope. According to Alan Green, Software Engineer for Google, on July 1, 2013 the sun will set for Google Reader.
Why We’re Saying Goodbye To Google Reader
Apparently, Google doesn’t have time for Google Reader.
Google, whose resources are nothing short of googol, doesn’t have time for Google Reader?
Not according to Green:
“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.”
Out of all of Google’s products, I use Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Reader more than any others. Are you with me? Did we just get dumped, as Alexandra Samuel so eloquently put it?
What’s after Google Reader?
Another friend of mine, who originally introduced me to the wonders of Google Reader, recommends Feedly.com. “They seem to get the best reviews & apparently we can migrate Google Reader subscriptions to it,” she says.
Although you can’t add it to your Google Reader, you can read her inspiring blog on being self employed by clicking here.