Google Reader Retiring – What are the alternatives?

I am a loyal user of Google Reader. It’s the web application that keeps me updated with my friends’ blogs, news, articles and technology. During the past three months Google has announced the retirement of it’s Google reader app.

Google Reader RetirementI quote from the official blog site:

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.

I am sure that there are a lot of Google Reader fans who are sad about it being shut down. I am one of them. I really like Google reader and use it to keep myself up-to-date. Due to the efforts of websites that are frequently updated and with the help of Google Reader, RSS feeds, I am able to keep myself updated in my daily life. I get local news, follow my friends’ blogs, keep myself up-to-date with technology. I do not really like to install local desktop apps that will download the articles for me to read. I like to have them all online and Google reader has been a perfect tool for me.

For reasons for google reader being powered down  as per the Official Google Reader Blog:

1. Usage of Google Reader has declined
2. 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.

Retirement Reminder of Google ReaderFor the past three months I have been getting a reminder that Google Reader will not be available after 1 July, 2013.
So normally today, Google Reader will be shut down. Well I am not really against it because I understand that as a company, Google is now concentrating on other technologies which are more fruitful for its business and now of course in this highly competitive business, Google prefers to completely stop a service so that it gives better service to its actual business.

For the past three months, Just like other Google Reader fans, I have been looking at other  feed reader alternatives. There are a few alternatives as proposed by USA Today Blog:

  1. Feedly
  2. The Old Reader
  3. Flipboard
  4. AOL reader
  5. Digg Reader

After looking around at the different alternatives, I settled for Feedly, simply because it was the most popular among users and I also like the interface. It gives me another fresh look as a Web app. Most of the above mentioned apps, including Feedly is giving us the facility to migrate our feeds from Google reader to their application.

Feedly has also brought a few modifications to its web interface so that the feeds are arranged just like in Google Reader. This will give the users time to adapt to the new interface.

Gini website has also published a long list of different alternatives for the Google Reader.


Google Reader was completely shut down today.

Google Retired


Google has also proposed different alternatives to its Reader users.

P.S. As you might have noticed, I recently changed my blog’s layout. I really wanted to have a front page customized with some personalized articles. Feel free to give feedbacks and suggest improvements.

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