R.I.P. Google Reader

By Deane Barker on March 14, 2013

Powering Down Google Reader: Well, this is unfortunate: Google is killing Reader.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.

I can think of no other web-based software service that I’ve used longer than Reader.  I’ve been using it practically since it was launched in 2005 (I defected from Bloglines, which is apparently still around).

I load Reader at least a half-dozen times a day.  It’s one of the first links I hit when I log on in the morning, and checking it is part of my standard routine when I return to my machine after lunch or a meeting (email, Reader, Twitter, USA Today Big Page…okay, the world is still around).

The demise of Reader is really just a manifestation of the decline of RSS in general.  Somehow, RSS just slowly slid off the radar, done in by Twitter and social media, I guess.  A pity, really, as RSS still has so much to offer.



  1. Yes, please let us know what RSS reader you migrate to. From the lists of alternatives posted on CNet and Lifehacker, there doesn’t seem to be a great alternative. I’m certainly not ready to give up RSS and hope I find things in the sea of Twitter and other social media.

  2. my RSS reader is full of a mix of professional, hobby and cultural information. I find MAYBE a 10% overlap of that stuff with facebook and less than that with Twitter which I find a useless (if occasionally entertaining) timesuck unless there is a breaking news event.

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