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Sunday
Jun302013

Prepare for the Google Reader Shut Down on Monday 

Google(NEW YORK) -- The time has come. On Monday, Google will pull the plug on its Google Reader RSS service, which has allowed users to read various news feeds and articles in one central Web application.

After July 1 the service will no longer be usable, as Google announced in March that usage of the product had declined and that it would prefer to focus on fewer products.

If you've never used the service, then this certainly doesn't affect you, but if you have been a big user of the service or had simply just used it a couple of times, you'll want to make sure you don't lose your collection of RSS feeds when Google flushes it down the toilet on Monday.

The back-up process is simple. Head to Google Takeout, log in with your account, select the "choose services button," select "Google Reader," click the "create archive" button, wait for it to create and then download it.

Now you'll have a backup of your collection of feeds saved to your computer, but the big question is what service you will want to read them in now.

Earlier this week ABC News wrote an article on some of the best Google Reader alternatives and news applications out there. If you're looking for a straight-up RSS reader replacement, they highly recommend Feedly. The service is organized, really nicely designed and it has apps for the iPhone, iPads and Android phones.

Feedly allows you to also import your Google Reader feeds without having to do the Google Takeout process. You can just sign into Feedly with your Google account and import your feeds. The company says it has seen more than 8 million customers join the service since Google announced the death of Reader back in March.

If Feedly isn't for you, there's other options from Digg and AOL.

Check out the Google Reader alternatives article and the video above. Above all, just remember to act before July 1. We don't want your news collection to die along with Google's product.

 

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Thursday
Mar142013

Google to Shut Down Google Reader RSS Service

KIMIHIRO HOSHINO/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Google’s doing some spring cleaning, again.  The company, as it has in years past, is killing some of its services, most notably its RSS Web application Google Reader.

The service, for those who never used it, allows you to view all your RSS feeds -- headlines and articles from news organizations -- in one central spot.  Come July 1, though, you won’t be able to read anything using the application; you won’t be able to use it at all.

While the 7-year-old service is one of the most popular RSS services on the Web, Google says the number of users has declined.  It also says it would prefer to focus on fewer products.

“We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience,” Google’s Alan Green wrote on Google’s blog late Wednesday night.

When reached by ABC News, Google would not divulge the number of Google Reader users, but it does acknowledge on its blog that its users are “devoted.”

“Google Reader” trended on both Twitter and Google Wednesday night.  Others took to signing a Change.org petition, which has more than 12,000 signatures.

Still, while there are those impassioned fans, many never used RSS and now get their news through social media service like Twitter or Facebook.

“RSS never caught on as mainstream consumer experience but Google Reader provided a powerful resource as a back-end aggregator that could sync content across applications and platforms,” Michael Gartenberg, Gartner research director, told ABC News.

The Next Web has reported that Google decided to pull the plug on Reader and devote those resources to Google+, the company’s social network.

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