Has Google killed RSS?

photo credit: Mashable
photo credit: Mashable

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.

Will you miss Google Reader? Share in the comments.

  • I’ll miss Google Reader but it took less than 30 minutes to move to Feedly (on all devices). The bonus is that Feedly has a better user interface. By “better”, I mean it saves me time.

    Apparently Google is happy to let Reader users go elsewhere. As a business person, I commend Google for making the decision to get rid of non-strategic products. As a user, it greatly annoys me because having to change wastes my time. Overall, I think it’s yet another reason for people to avoid FREE services. What incentive does a company have to spend real money to enhance free services?

    Zite is neat except I don’t like it being owned by CNN — feels like a conflict of interest for a media company — and the number of publishers is limited (though large). Zite is trying to be a publisher and a viewing tool. I seem to recall that Yahoo already tried that.

    But, many people like the Zite model. Myself, I’m not having trouble finding content … I just need help consuming it so Feedly works better for me than Zite. I like what Feedly is doing (especially on the iPhone). I triage RSS feeds on the go. I use the title and summary to skip most articles, but I save a few until I’m not on the go and I forward a few to interested parties. So far I like Feedly better than Google Reader.

    As for RSS, I predict it will be just fine without Google. RSS is an excellent solution for sending content from the cloud to mobile devices. Ultimately, another technology might replace it, but there’s a whole lot of publishers providing RSS feeds. I like RSS because we aren’t tied to a reader/viewer. Google decided to cut the cord, so we move to Feedly (et. al.) What happens if Zite cuts the cord?

    • Hi Mike! Yes, I suppose we should commend Google for figuring out that they were done with Reader and pulling the plug, rather than leaving it unsupported and letting it die a slow death. Good businesses know when to let something go.

      The move to Feedly was easy for me too. I already had an account so it connected with my Google reader automatically and all I had to do was allow access. I have the data file from GR in case I need it.

      I’m with you in that I don’t have trouble finding content – only trouble finding time to read/use it all! And I wasn’t aware that CNN owned Zite – it will be interesting to see how long they stick around.

      Thanks for stopping by!

  • My RSS feed reader (yes, the Google reader) is the fastest way for me to keep up with blogs and other sites I follow for the purpose of curation.

    So for me, RSS is an essential tool. I’m irritated to have to migrate. I had “hacked” and maximized Reader in a number of ways to make my curation tasks go more quickly.

    And I don’t know whether certain essential (to me) tools like Buffer will integrate with Feedly or the other options.

    So I have no choice but to migrate . . . just haven’t had time to explore all the replacements for Reader.


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