It has been ordered that Google Reader will die on the first of July:
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.
Of the 400-odd feed subscribers here, maybe a tenth are actually using Google Reader.
Perhaps the reason that Reader didn’t gain more users is because Google didn’t spend much time promoting it and, quite honestly, never really bothered to update it much after its introduction in 2005. I’d also assume that the fact that it’s not exactly a money maker for them played a part in the decision. Nonetheless, I’m really disappointed.
Google boasts, if that’s the word, that some 70 products and services have been killed off in the last year and a half.
Meanwhile, Adam Gurri doesn’t see this as the Death of RSS:
Imagine all the time lost going to sites when they haven’t updated. This was the original argument for RSS readers, one that I’ve made throughout my usage of them. With RSS readers, that time is not wasted. You only interact with a site when it has updated.
I currently follow dozens of webcomics. The post rate for these varies from 5 times a week, to 3 times a week, to once a week, to once a month, to whenever the hell the artist feels like updating.
Hmmm. Now I wonder if my five-posts-per-day regimen is actually counterproductive.