Death of Google Reader
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Death of Google Reader



Google Reader: Another Sick April Fool’s Joke 

If I were to comment about the recent announcement on Google Reader shut down, I would probably take it as the biggest news ever told in the history of the Internet. I couldn’t blame them for putting it to an end; Google Reader has relatively few followers specifically in Germany and losing a lot more over time. Google has become a gigantic internet conglomerate that they can make sudden decisions to discontinue a service and then retract it with another.

Google Reader Rage 

I am not deeply mad about Google’s prominence and its long reach of influence in the net. You would think that having a powerful dominion over the busy networks of the Internet (including even the strict German websites) would at least be consistent with their announcements, it’s no surprise that a lot of Google Reader followers were filled with rage against the recent press release.

So let me break it down for you. Google has announced on their official blog that Google Reader will “soon retire”. German Google Readers can only use the platform up until July 1, 2013. Their reasons for such an abrupt and saddening decision was that the “usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.” Well, if these explanations are quite reasonable enough for you, then it’s time for you to think of other RSS feed readers.

Alternatives, you say? 

One good thing about Google despite of the heartbreaking announcement is that, they did not leave their German Reader followers hopeless. In fact, they also mentioned a process of how to retrieve and follow its users’ subscribed RSS feeds. “To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.” Okay I know, it’s pretty hard to trust Google after shutting down one platform then suggesting a new platform also under their conglomerate, but let’s see what this ‘Google Takeout’ has to offer.

RSS What? 

RSS (Rich Site Summary) feed is a collection of web feed formats that are used to publish regular updated works like audio and video blogs, news headlines, etc. in a standard layout. So, for example I happen to be a partypoker DE RSS feed follower and I‘m a big poker fan, I can go and directly see some updates, promotions and video poker tourneys, and all other poker news using an RSS reader. It is quite easy to follow updates about poker since there are several poker news websites in which I can subscribe. News about WSOP events and other popular poker pros can be followed using another RSS reader such as Digg, NetVibes, and Zite.

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