One of the finest services of Google to keep its followers informed has been the Google Reader since it was launched in 2005. But now Google says its time to say goodbye to it.
For those who relied upon this service to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites, this may come as a shock and disbelief. But sadly it is true.
Here is what Google has announced:
"We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites," the company said. "While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months."
Although the Google Reader have had its own benefits like organizing and managing all the content you're interested, but the fact is that tracking news through RSS never gained the scale of core Google products like search, maps, Android and YouTube.
Google blames Facebook, Twitter and other social sites that proved more adept at luring mainstream users to share and read links. RSS became the infrastructure powering highly visual apps like Flipboard, Zite and Google's own Currents, leaving the bare-bones Reader looking outdated. As Google's social networking efforts turned to Google+, many predicted Google Reader's days were numbered.
And it has - it is only a few months now when we will be deprived of the Google Reader forever.
Read more about it at: C|net