Google Reader, the Internet giant’s RSS reader is to be shut down on July 1, 2013. Google announced the news in a blog post titled “A second spring of cleaning”:
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader” the official Google blog stated, ”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.”
Google Reader’s official Twitter also shared the news, retweeted more than 3000 times.
We're retiring Reader on July 1. We know many of you will be sad to see it go. Thanks for 8 great years! goo.gl/7joct— Google Reader (@googlereader) 13 mars 2013