This is the most shocking news in the internet community that Google Reader service will no longer exist after July 1, 2013. So the users are given another 3 months time to find something new or alternative to Google Reader.
Alan Green, Software Engineer at Google stated on the official Google Reader Blog, that the decision cam because the user numbers declined and also Google wants to focus on fewer products to provide better user experience.
Google has provided a solution to retain Readers data including the subscriptions through the Google Takeout.
Google Reader alternative
The end to Google Reader doesn’t means end to RSS, there are alternatives, like The Old Reader and Feedly. Both the reader websites will guide you to import everything from Google Reader. There are also more readers available on internet that you can search Google, Bing or Yahoo.
It looks like Google wants to focus more on Google plus social network. The social media allows user to discover more content. Although social media content cannot be controlled by users. The special thing RSS feed possess is that you have more control over the type of data.
Effect of Google Reader closure
Google Reader closure will effect the FeedDemon service as it has also announced for closure of service. FeedDemon service relied on Google Reader for synchronization.
Nick Bradbury, creator of Feed Demon wrote on his blog about the closure of FeedDemon.
Then today came the news that Google Reader is shutting down on July 1. FeedDemon relies on Google Reader for synchronization, and there’s no decent alternative (and even if there were, it’s doubtful I’d have time to integrate with it, at least not without trading time away from my family – which I won’t do).
That was the nail in the coffin for me. I hate to say goodbye to FeedDemon after a decade of working on it, but it’s time to say goodbye. When Google Reader shuts down on July 1, FeedDemon will also disappear.
Suspected Future of Feedburner
Google has already closed the “Adsense for Feedburner” on 3 December, 2013. This was a blow for the bloggers who focused on income through feeds. Now end to Google Reader is providing hints that Google might close the Feedburner as well someday.
With the growing popularity of Facebook and twitter, which has changed the way information being shared on internet. Google wants to jump in the same social network market with Google plus.
Anyways, this end will probably mean a new beginning of something new from Google. This is the positive approach one can make out from the Google Reader retiring decision.