RIP Google Reader

RIP Google Reader

Google have  just announced on the Official Google Blog that they will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We’re pretty sad to see it go, Google Reader has had many uses in the past to gather and aggregate content, alerts and news.

This post is just to give you some information if you are currently using Reader and would like to retain your data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

You’ll receive your subscription data in an XML file, and the following information will be downloaded as JSON files:

Click here to start downloading your Reader data from Takeout. Once downloaded, your subscription data should be easily transferrable to another product, where you can continue to keep up with your online reading.

Google say there are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company they are pouring all of their energy into fewer products.

To ensure a smooth transition, they are providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution.

Here are a few suggestions:

Image courtesy of Mashable

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