Google has announced it will retire Google Reader, the company’s RSS reader service, on July 1 as part of an ongoing “spring cleaning.”
The announcement came on Wednesday in the form of a post on Google’s official blog, written by Senior Vice President of Technical Infrastructure Urs Holzle.
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” Holzle wrote. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.”
The service has not received a noteworthy update for some time now, as RSS feeds as a whole have lost chunks of its user base to sharing sites like Twitter.
Google Reader is just one of eight features or services being cut by Google, bringing the total to 70 services closed since it started its “spring cleaning” in 2011.
Among the other services getting the ax this time around are Google Cloud Connect, gone April 30, and Google Voice App for Blackberry, which will no longer receive support from Google beginning next week.
Update: Those mourning the death of Google Reader may want to take a gander at Digg, as the social news website today announced that it is building an RSS reader of its own. Digg\’s Andrew McLaughlin — himself formerly of Google — took to the company\’s blog to reveal that it had been planning to build a reader for launch in the second half of this year, but that Google Reader\’s demise has made the project Digg\’s number one priority.
\”We hope to identify and rebuild the best of Google Reader’s features (including its API), but also advance them to fit the Internet of 2013, where networks and communities like Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Reddit and Hacker News offer powerful but often overwhelming signals as to what’s interesting,\” McLaughlin wrote of the project. Hit the source link above to get the full statement.
Source: Google Official Blog