Google recently announced that it will be discontinuing their popular Google Reader, as of July 1st, 2013. Citing decreased usage and a focus on simplifying services, Google has just decided that it’s time to move on.
But what does that mean for all the people who use RSS?
A lot of people say that RSS is dead, and while there’s definitely been a growing trend to get news from other places like Twitter for example, there are still more than enough people using RSS for this to be a really big deal.
Google realizes this, so for the next three months, you can export your data using Google Takeout, and you can import that data into a new RSS reader.
Feedly seems to be the reader of choice for most, as they’ve done a great job of jumping on this opportunity and making it super simple for users to migrate to their service. In fact, Mashable writes that over 500,000 million people have already chosen to migrate to Feedly, and it’s only been a few days since Google’s announcement.
The question is whether or not people will continue using RSS at all. Google Reader was convenient and easy, and killing it sends readers scattering in all different directions like to find a new tool. Will they all end up somewhere, or will they get lost along the way? We’ll see if people see it through, or if they abandon their feeds and start using a service like Zite instead.
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