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NO, GOOGLE! I'm you're damned fanboy and this is wrong. You must support RSS. It is a technology of openness and you depend on openness. +Dave Winer 
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I guess Google really does want to start sucking.
 
I assume you all didn't talk about this on TWiG today (I haven't listened to it yet).  However, what this tells me now is that 1) one can no longer depend on Google products if they'll close them down on a whim, 2) Google can give no real metrics for what they keep and what they close down because why close Reader but keep freaking Orkut running?.  Finally, 3) Microsoft isn't far off in their characterization since we are now and truly becoming #Scroogled.  This has definitely soured me on Google and their entire ecosystem.
 
This is going to be like killing the physical newspaper for my parents. <cry>
 
Most other readers have suffered the Wal Mart effect. When GR took over, the standalone readers (FeedDemon, Juice) and reader sites (Bloglines) stagnated. And now that GR is pulling out, there's nothing really worthy to replace it.
 
it never does what if your mother died and u didn't know about and then it says it on there so BOW!! FORGET YOU B**
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What is wrong with bookmarks and tabs? I've never 'got' readers - they just seem so limiting. 
 
"I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of RSS feeds suddenly cried out ... as if millions of RSS feeds suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced"
 
You absolutely right, +Jeff Jarvis.  RSS is critical to keeping the web open.  Perhaps the growing backlash will help +Google realize this.  If they can't save Reader as a stand-alone service, I really hope they maintain the functionality by rolling it into Google+ as a 'Subscription' module.
 
I use Reader ever single day. WTF is up with Google killing their best products?
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No. Just how many times a day do you need to check the news?
 
+J Paul Lang if I told you that instead of email, every contact you had was going to just post messages to a blog and expect you to load up that site and visit it several times a day to get their messages. Would that sound sensible to you?
 
I love Reader! Why Google? Couldn't you keep it around just as it is? No feature updates, just maintenance? Please re-think this. 
 
I don't go to the reader site very often. But i store all my RSS feeds there. Including podcasts. If that service disappears, RSS basically dies for me. 
 
Every decision Google makes is  based on the 'numbers' and I'm guessing that people aren't using the service to a level they (Google) want / need.  That said, it has been my everyday / multi times per day access to news streams that interest me, without sifting through website after website.  It is obvious that many people didn't understand the tech, just based on the comments here.

However, one does need to wonder what would it take for Google to keep it going, without an improvement track, for those of us that use it.  However much server space does it occupy?  I'm guessing there is a cost per user / click / view that has been exceeded and it's gone.

Anyone got recommendations of alternatives, web based / mobile apps / desktop?
 
+J Paul Lang I have NEVER done a "Flame" but you are tempting me. :) seriously, nice to hear a different perspective. 
 
It's a shame this happened just after TWiG.
 
A RUSSIA ENTONCES....JA,JA,JA
 
It is an aggressive move to get websites and blogs to feed their updates to google plus. It's not a spring clean it is an aggressive move and sucks. I use it everyday via flipboard and at work. Please don't allow this +Vic Gundotra 
 
Google is killing off all the services that made it so popular with the geek crowd from Jaiku to Trends to Picasa and Notebook to Wave. I used to have a single Google account and had everything in one central easily managed location. Since Google is forcing me to use other services their value proposition is constantly decreasing. I'm seriously considering taking my toys (data) and going to MS or Apple which means no more paying Google for extra storage space or revenue from the Play store purchases. It's not like Plus is any good since I can only see 2 posts on a 24 inch monitor due to their crappy design choices.  There's focus and there's losing the plot. Bravo Page.
 
Google Reader also handles Google Alerts beautifully. It's not just for blog posts and news feeds. What comparable alternatives exist? And will we be able to export our existing feeds to them, or will we be left to type 'em all in again by hand?
 
Google News (from preferred sources, and under threat of legal action) good, Google Reader (curated by user) bad? 
 
Closing Reader is another move in alieating power users that get (and give) a lot of information back to google. What exactly is a service that gets users? What gets to stay in the Googleverse? If the only considerations are for it beinf profitable and allowing the G to "focus on core competencies" it also eliminates serendipity, top of mind presence and influencers, innovators and IP. 

Furthermore, an aggregator is useful! Do they expect us to go to reddit or digg, now that the Googl Reader is doomed? Might as well go to Bing and associated ad servers then.

Google, you are making the wrong move.
 
What the hell is Google reader I got +Google+ set up for that with specific circles specifically giving me the news I demand constantly..
 
+Jeff Jarvis Your right! This flies in the face of everything that has allowed Google to be successful. 
 
Of course we'll survive but it is still really really shit. 
 
Really didn't realize this many people used Reader. Personally, I don't see it as that big of a deal. As +Rory Glynn pointed out, third parties are already rising to fill the gap. 
 
Why the hell would they do this?
 
One way to look at it: Bing and Yahoo now have until July 2013 to come up with a product to increase eyeballs on their properties :)
 
It's not just the Google Reader site that worries me, I'm dependent on several apps on various different devices that rely on Google Reader to sync feeds.
 
+Jeff Jarvis this is a publicity stunt designed for them to come in and be the hero of their self made disaster. 
 
This is very disappointing. I wish they would make social networks like reader. The problem with getting news from twitter, google+,etc. is that you can never tell what you've seen until you start getting repeats. I love the stuff I've seen going away. 
 
+Jeff Jarvis I'm right there with you man.  I was stunned and mortified.  I immediately went to the Chrome app store to see if they had a Currents app available to replace it.  No such luck.  I'm not sure what I'm going to do yet.... :-(
 
+Justin Holy How I'd love Currents to replace it, but unfortunately it sucks so much. I mean the v2.0 release looks swish, made me want to use it, but it's integration with Reader was laughable - it was even one way, into Currents and that's it. And now we know why Currents isn't a front end for Reader, and perhaps isn't even a replacement. Currents is its own thing for a different world.

RSS is useful, but really only to those who know what it is. To everyone else, it just isn't simple enough.
 
I always thought Google had a great product with Reader, but they decided quite some time ago to let it wither away. Otherwise, they would have built Currents on top of it. 
 
Baffling. I use it all day long.
 
Anybody know any good feed readers to use as a replacement?
 
Total agreement, +Jeff Jarvis.  I too am a Google fanboy and evangelize Google to many people.  I use Google Reader everyday, more so than Google+. Closing Google Reader will make me much less likely to spend my time using Google's services because I will now have to spend my time seeking out, in other ways, the information that Google Reader has been providing me. It is a VERY short-sighted decision by Google.

Shutting down Google Reader sends me a very clear message that I should start being less invested in the Google ecosystem.  Take heed, Google.
 
Google doesn't depend on openness, they leverage other's desire for openness. But openness is not core value of Google itself.
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No +Rory Glynn that wouldn't make much sense. But then I don't have lots of people in my contacts who write blogs they might want for me to read every time the type out an entry.

OBVIOUSLY, people are using RSS for more than what I was/am familiar with (admittedly from a couple years back) so I'll just sit quietly and watch this post.
 
I think Google purposely waited to make this announcement until This Week in Google had finished airing. :)
 
Notice they waited until after TWiT Aired...
 
Doesn't google still have feedBurner? Or are they dumping that rss tool too?
 
Sorry, but I'm not interested in another magazine- style RSS reader like Pulse, Flipboard, Currents, or Feedly. I enjoyed the simplicity of Reader.
 
I think a lot of Reader users are kinda in denial.   Please sign a petition to tell a company to keep a product that has little strategic importance and no future of making them money! (?)     If they were a software company they could package it up and sell it on an app store to the dwindling number of people who read enough blogs to need RSS...but since they aren't Apple...what do they do?
 
Please people, post some alternatives if you can, +Øystein Larssen already mentioned a few. Android integration would be nice.
BTW. is feedly down ?!
 
Feedly, FeedReader. Bing them.
 
I'm not going to have any new podcasts after July 1st. Thanks Google. What a pain in the ass to install and configure new apps.
 
+John Hattan there will be worthy replacements, now that Reader is going away. Everyone should calm down. I've seen people user the word "tragedy". Tragedy? Really? Come on! Everything will be OK. 
 
+Ned Jeffery no, before reader dies you just import it into another RSS service. Yes it might take 10 minutes, but I'm sure you can find the time before July 1st. RSS will not be dead to you, I assure you.
 
Great, and just when I got my Google Reader looking just the way I like it. Is this more Google+'ification?
 
OMG, oops... then how can we check the updates? I use it daily to update myself in various technologies. Very sad.. :(

Hope Google will provide some alternatives... wat u guys think? pls share your opinion!
 
I hope Google keeps their custom News results as RSS feeds. That was half of my Reader subscriptions - aggregated collections of odd Google searches related to my industry.
 
I read the news of Google Reader's execution in Google Reader. I check it probably 10 times a day, following 150+ feeds. Google knew more about me because of Reader, and they could have used that for more/better advertising revenue. Now Google will know less and someone else will know more.

+Om Malik had it right: Google could have improved and expanded Reader, taken on Flipboard, done great things. Instead they've been chipping away at it for years. Their loss.
 
Google did the same thing with Aardvark to me. There is still not a better Q&A website with a nicer community than Aardvark. Then comes along some spring cleaning crap and they replace it with a little link to as for help on Google+. The thing is Aardvark was for people I don't know not for people I have circled. I don't use reader but I know how you guys feel.
 
OK, I'm going to buck the trent and defend Google's take down of Reader. The Reader product as it stand is a bit of a step child when it comes to the other types of social group integration. Did anyone seriously use the "follow" feature in Reader or monitor the "trends"? I don;t know. I consider myself a power user on Reader (150+ feeds, 500+ daily posts) and I never used those features. I am in the product at least once every waking hour of every day either by Browser, tablet, or phone. Google Reader (and the feeds there in) is my primary source for the information in my reality, but most of the "features" are unused. 

It maks good sense to kill off Reader, but it's NUTS to kill off RSS. Why not carve out a space in Google+ and make it an RSS aggregator just in the same way they carved out space with Communities and turned it into a Forum site. I'm not talking about making Currents for the web (that god awful Flipboard knockoff), but make a proper RSS aggregator, with the ability to star posts for later reading, the ability to share on Google+, and maybe a media player to follow Podcast (after all RSS is how most podcasts disseminate)
 
From what I am seeing on various threads, a lot of power users are using Google Reader. No, it is not a mainstream hit, but it is a hit among power users. I wonder if Google is taking into consideration the value of power users. Power users sift through tons of feeds and share links they find valuable, which in turn drives more Internet traffic. 
 
That explains why its been a giant piece of shit lately. Google has been taking more steps backwards than forwards lately, I guess they are finally focused on profits 
 
Please do not close Google Reader or integrated into Google+ something like that, i use Google Reader every day +Larry Page 
 
am surprised why big G is doing so!
 
I almost just dropped my phone reading this... No way.
 
It's not that I don't "trust" Google, it's that I have a hard time investing much faith in Google when they are so capricious about the life and death of their products.

I don't think Google will ever "trap" my data, or use it for bad ends, but I just don't want to do too much heavy lifting of my life into Google's services when they live and die by a single company's edict, and not the will of the internet, like an RFC spec.

I guess it's time for me to rethink my commitment to truly open platforms. 
 
+Jeff Jarvis we need a save reader campaign. " What would Google do" is not close reader
 
Not saying this doesn't suck but you people are insane its a RSS feeder. People acting like gmail shut down or maps. 
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Google sucks.. I use Reader much more than any other product of theirs, including Gmail..
 
I'm so disappointed, but at least Reeder (according to their tweet) won't go down the drain. (I hope.)
 
Dear +Stefan Keuchel, I hope this is a joke. After Gmail this is my most used Google Service - according to postings and comments I am not the only one. This decision is seriously eroding my trust in Google as a proivder of choice for essential tasks (and aggregating news is important). Think it is time to have a look for alternatives - not only for Reader as I am not willing to be at Googles mercy. Dont want to be pushed in situation to transfer the next service. And... it dont needs to be free - would rather pay for Reader than transition to other service or solution.
Very sad but first step away from Goolge eco system.
Others already waiting for you to shut down more popular things... http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/
 
Google should not shut down a service this popular without providing a real alternative. Are there any real alternatives that provide a consolidated RSS feed that I can read in Press and Flipboard.
 
Can't Google Currents consume RSS feeds?
 
I'm with you Jeff. I use Google Reader to keep up to date with all my IT news.
The way it syncs between my PC and phone is a dream.
PLEASE Google, reconsider... 
 
I was pretty shocked when I opened reader this morning and got the message. I wonder if that also means the end of the Android App, or if they'll at least leave that for us...
 
I use Reader now while in #Googleplus .  Maybe it will be totally integrated into plus.  
 
Jeff, I'm going to listen to TWIG for a good old Jarvis rant on this. I sadly think it will do no good as Larry has his vision and what the users of all things Google want is irrelevant.  Will google abandon all the things that it's users want / like / use to build their vision?  We sort of know and joke about a bunch of engineers not being good at customer service ... but hey .. this is getting crazy  
 
I don't think this is "engineers being no good at customer services"; more like "Google doesn't care about small(er) groups of people any more" (even when they're of The Faithful).
 
Its a great pity. I use Reader for news headlines, my favourite comics, architecture updates, science and space news, a podcast archive and board game news. The list goes on. It is useful BECAUSE it is simple and clean. Flipboard and Feedly look superficial in comparison. Its like being told I must give up the Irish Times and get my news through Cosmopolitan instead.
 
Where will I read the buzzmachine now? On it's homepage? Sigh. Damn you Google.
 
They killed it the day before Einstein's birthday.
I refused to click OK when that dialog box appeared. 3/13
 
+J Paul Lang it's not about news. I can get news anywhere. It's about blogs whose content I value that post infrequently. 
 
+Garmon Estes I agree: I like Flipboard, but it's a poor substitute for consuming lots of long-format articles. Google Reader is much better for that.
 
Big Failure on Google's part!
 
Google is shaking confidence of regular users. Why would I rely on any of their stuff when there is a fear it will be discontinued any moment? 
 
Currents is not a replacement. I want to read my feeds in a browser on my computer, not in a frustrating-to-use app on a tiny phone screen.
 
The thing that I hate is they don't even suggest any sort of replacement. They don't suggest Currents, or even Google+. They just say "no one's using it anymore, sorry." They seem to expect everyone to just stop using RSS or something.
 
Feedly doesn't look like a replacement to me either. All I see are apps. I just want a stinkin' URL to go to in order to see my feeds.
 
Look deeper +James Hollenbeck .  Feedly does have apps for most devices (that's what you're seeing).  But once you set it up, your feeds can be viewed in a browser, too.  I don't think it's complete yet, but they are basically incorporating the workings of Reader into Feedly.
 
If this is an attempt to move me over from Reader to Plus, I'm not going to play along.  Hello Yahoo Alerts and My Yahoo!  
 
This deserves a special, emergency edition of This Week in Google!  Go get 'em, Jeff.
 
Seriously, why not just fold it into Plus? I am dismayed why they would treat this particularly informed corner of internet society this way. Surely they could have used some of the money they have been dumping into YouTube channels like a sailor on leave.

Google has got some splainin' to do.
 
Now non-video editor's know how video editors felt when Apple released Final Cut X. Suddenly, it appears the power user doesn't matter anymore.
 
And, BTW, Google, Facebook, Twitter, better go forward cautiously embracing social media with all their might. Already, I have been creeped out on numerous occasions when my friends unknowingly market things to me.

Thanks to the popularity of social networks, there is is no such thing as coincidences anymore. Corporations are quickly learning how to game your friendships and if anything will get people to stop using social networks, it's the slight whiff of "Amway" coming out of the mouth of someone you previously trusted.

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I don't know if any of you have seen News Bento, a free Windows 8 reader which is also not complete but I think its off to a good start and has potential. I am pretty sure its exclusively a Windows Modern UI app at this stage but I don't see any problems that would prevent a Chrome version nor an OSX version from being developed and released before Reader is gone. As for Feedly, I started out a fan but there has always been something about it which has never allowed me to grow into it. The Mac App Store has a few as well which are pretty impressive but their names elude me this moment. Just out of curiosity, what would either of you (@ Hollenbeck & Le Blah) identify as your A) Must have features and functions B) Would be neat if it also had C) Any other thoughts looking forward?

I am flirting with the idea of developing a news reader app and the feedback would be helpful :-)
 
My biggest requirement that Feedly doesn't quite satisfy is that I don't want to install anything. I just want to go to a URL and see my feeds. Other than that:

Feed view - A newest-to-oldest top-to-bottom list of the full content of each RSS article.

Folders and folder view - Organize feeds in group and view them by group.

Unified source list - One thing I don't like about Feedly is that the folders and individual feeds are not displayed in the same list. I want them in the same list, like Google Reader.

Persistent source list - Another thing I don't like about Feedly is that it only lists sources that have unread articles. I want them to always show up in the list, even if they have a fat zero next to them.

Easy toggle between unread/all articles - I prefer to view unread posts most of the time, but sometimes I switch to all articles to find something I already read.

Keyboard shortcuts - I may only use j and k, but I would miss keyboard shortcuts if they were gone.

Mark unread - One thing I don't like about Google Reader or Feedly is that there is only a "Keep Unread" option. I want a "Mark Unread" option that just toggles the unread flag back on, but toggles it back off the next time I do read an article.

Saving articles - I would personally like the option to be able to save articles to Pocket, but I wouldn't want this to supersede a built-in saving function.
 
If you go to that URL in a browser that you have not installed the app on, it doesn't work.

And while I'm not an IE user, just try going to Feedly in IE and witness how badly broken it is. They've clearly made the decision that their product is an "app", not a site.
 
Well!  I stand corrected!  Just tried it in a Incognito tab and your right - must install the extension.
 
Not only are they killing a popular and useful service, but they're causing me and people like me to question their loyalty to Google.  I don't want to keep investing in Google's services not knowing what will still be here tomorrow.  Yes, I know, it's free and I should expect this, right?  No.  Google is building an ecosystem anchored by Android and ChromeOS.  If they keep yanking away key components I might have to look elsewhere.
 
The problem isn't Google refusing to serve customers at their own expense.  The problem is that they have an existing solution that a lot of people need, and not only are they shutting it down, they're taking the code with them to their graves.  If they started an open source project with everything people needed to replicate their existing workflow on another server, that'd be not a tenth as bad as making people fend for themselves.

But somehow I don't think they'll do that, and it has a lot to do with the idea (which most corporations have) that what they create belongs to them, and not to the customers.  Even when it means nothing to them anymore, they won't give it away, or at least, not often.  Google has done better than most (Wave was open sourced, a lot of services have open APIs), but still, it'd be nice to not have something taken from us.
 
Chill out guys. There are alternatives and they seem to be capitalising on the news by making the transition as easy as possible. You'll be fine.

I was devastated when they killed off Google Listen (their podcast app). Eventually I moved over to Pocket Casts and found it to be loads better. Change is a good thing sometimes :-) 
 
+Kaif Ahmed Life as we know it IS ENDING and you're telling us to chill?  :-)

Yes, this is clearly a "first world problem" but like Wave, Buzz, Google Listen, and other products I'm probably forgetting, it's hard to embrace the Google ecosystem when we don't know which product they're going to kill off next.  Had Google Wave taken off would they have killed GMail?  After all it was supposed to be what email should have been?
 
+John Mayson That's true, there is always a risk that a service that you use will be killed (with any company, not just Google). However, Google have a track record of being very helpful in the migration process because of their data liberation policies. They almost always give you a way to export everything that you put into a service so that you can transport it elsewhere before they pull the plug on it.

As for email and other core services, I think it would have to be some kind of apocalyptic event before they shut that down... Yahoo Mail is still going, and people have been saying that place has been on the rocks for years. 
 
Nothing stopping someone writing a clone. If there's a need, there's a dev.
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