Google (NASDAQ:GOOG), in its infinite, non-evil wisdom, is killing its RSS feed reader in about 105 days. Ouch. What are the alternatives? To where should keen RSS-heads jump? (Not to mention Atom-lovers.)
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John Ribeiro reports:
Google is shutting down its Google Reader [saying] it needed to focus to take advantage of new opportunities. ...its usage has declined over the years.
users did not take kindly to Google's decision...with many recommending alternative RSS [readers]. MORE
Caitlin McGarry adds this eulogy:
Google Reader will shutter July 1, giving...devoted users a few months to port their subscriptions to another service. ... More instantaneous news sources such as Twitter...have led to the downfall of RSS feeds and the readers that aggregate them.
But fear not, RSS diehards: Some alternative readers to check out include Pulse, Flipboard, and The Old Reader. ... Let us know if you have a favorite RSS reader and where you plan to move [to]. MORE
Jason Parker and Jaymar Cabebe have more suggestions:
One of Feedly's most popular features is that it can sync with Google Reader. ... More than just an RSS reader, though, Feedly comes with a built-in "Save for Later" feature and a History function. [It's] one of the best RSS readers out there. [It's on] iOS and Android..for desktops, it is available via Firefox or Chrome.
Taptu gives you a visual interface for browsing news feeds...great for finding and tuning your feeds and makes for a great way to tailor your news to your specs.
Pulse News gives you all the news from your favorite feeds with an intuitive interface...a slick and elegant way to quickly read news stories from all your favorite Web sites.
Flipboard is already an immensely popular newsreader and social-network hub, but it has no desktop [version].
Google Currents may not be the biggest name on our list [but] there's no doubt that this app has potential. MORE
As does Christina Warren:
On the surface, the three alternatives that match the look, feel and functionality of Google Reader are Feedly, NewsBlur and The Old Reader.
Our only fear with recommending some of these services is the long-term viability of these platforms. ... Another alternative for more savvy users is to build your own RSS sync backend. This is where a service such as Fever has a big advantage. ... It's self-hosted [so] as long as you can provide a place for the software to be installed, it will run and continue to work. MORE
But why? Brian Shih, a former Google Reader product manager tells all (but later hurridly backtracks):
Let's be clear that this has nothing to do with revenue vs operating costs. ... Reader has been fighting for approval/survival at Google since long before I was a PM for the product. ... It turns out they decided to kill it...in 2010 [but] it survived for some time after...because they believed it could still be a useful source of content into G+.
I left Google in 2011 so this is all my own speculation. I have no idea if this is the real reason or not. MORE
Meanwhile, Martijn Wismeijer is easy for you to say:
RSS is still the tubes powering the inter-webs. ... DEAR GOOGLE: Don't kill a good product just because marketing wants to force their **** down our throats. ... You already killed the sharing feature...in a desperate attempt to push your social network.
Stop ****ing around with your customers. MORE
Update 1: Barbara Krasnoff looks for lessons:
I really like cloud applications and I work with a lot of them. ... [But]the idea of having an application you depend on available as long as you need it...is also a lot more convenient than wondering...whether a rug is about to get pulled out from under you.
I start to wonder what we've traded off for the convenience of working in the cloud -- and how firm a surface that cloud really is to stand on. MORE
Update 2: JR Raphael pleads with Google:
Reader [is] a unique and valuable service. In addition to providing an unmatched Web interface for...RSS subscriptions, Reader's API allows third-party developers to...make it available anywhere you go. ... [So] its demise will leave a hole that'll be difficult to fill.
Some people [are] claiming that social media and visual news apps like Flipboard are far more in style. ... [But] judging by the Internet's loud outcry...those services simply aren't the same thing.
So Google, I appeal to you: Reconsider. MORE