Everyone seems a little disgruntled about the fact that Google Reader is going to be switched off on the 1st July. Since 2005, the web application has been accumulating digital news via RSS feeds for its users, giving them one central portal to their favourite online snippets. However, the platform never took off as Google intended, and so, having clung on to its concise fanbase for long enough, the Google Reader is being releived of its duties and sent on a permanent vacation.
The truth is, Google Reader just hasn't engaged a large enough audience to give it weight over other more prevalent services. Most of us will get our daily injection of global news topics from Twitter or from our morning freesheet on the work commute. A lot of the public are fine just picking up a newspaper, and we can't ignore the endless international coverage reached by online news websites; but for everyone who is mourning the loss of a loved one with the Google Reader shutdown, we put an arm around your shoulder and promise that it will all be ok.
The question still remains as to whether Google is making a smart move by offending some of its core fans - especially as Google Reader users are likely to be influential bloggers, academics, media professionals and students. It's sad to see something taken away while it still has a selection of
loyal followers, but Google has kindly suggested the use of its Google
Takeout service, which will enable current devotees to transfer all
their Google Reader subscriptions over to any of the other similar
services out there like Netvibes or NewsBlur, and the very attractive Feebly platform. You never know - maybe this is even a good time to have your own subscription spring clean?