By March 14, 2013

Google Will Now Attempt To Kill RSS Feeds

In another display of Google’s commitment to a free and open internet, Google on Wednesday announced that it will terminate its Google Reader service as of July 1, 2013.

Many users rely on Google Reader to aggregate the RSS feeds of their favorite websites, and there are a multitude of third-party apps and applications already tightly integrated with the service.

Here it is in their own words…

We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. 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.

Posted by Urs Hölzle, SVP Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow

With RSS, you can get your news articles concisely without tons of advertising cluttering up the view.

Not to be too suspicious or anything, but I suspect that Google wants to drive news hounds to its own web-based news service and, of course, to Google+.

With the major player in the market dropping support, I suspect that the days of the RSS feed are now numbered.

That said, the folks who make tablet-based news presentation apps like Zite and Flipboard have to be dancing on their desks at the moment.


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