Google Reader to be Killed

As of July 01, 2013 Google Reader will be no more.  This is some of the saddest news I have ever read on the internet.  Based on this Reddit thread, I am not alone in disappointment.

Look at these stats:

Damn impressive.

Or, on second thought, pretty misleading.  Since the items I’ve clicked is a better representation of what I cared about.  But even that is not so true.  Since I always click on Buttersafe, since only thumbnails appear in that feed.  But then most other items I’ve clicked on I wanted to share with someone.  And instead of using the share buttons on the bottom of each post, I just copy the link and IM it to whoever I want.  Or copy the link to then post here.  Still, I usually do read a fair amount of them, probably 40% total I read, the rest I skip over.  Since I follow a tech blog, a gaming blog, and a few DIY blogs, there’s plenty of cross over, especially around events – live

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blogs, E3, and so on.

Anyway, I digress.


(yes, that’s a period & a question mark, deal with it.)

One of the reasons Google cite’s for the death is declining usage.  I can understand that, but somehow, I think that the total number of Google Reader users is 5 or 6, or even 10x more than many other popular services on the internet.

For the past 8 years Google reader has been the only site I go to every single day.  It has been the only place I get my regular news.  It has been my go to place for all the things I’m interested in.

Sure Stumbleupon took up a good amount of my time, and recently Reddit has taken SU’s crown, but I still get all my main news from Reader.  In fact, I often don’t consider news official until I see it in my feeds.

I honestly don’t know what to do about this.  I’ve never tried any other feed readers.  I’ve never had a need to.  Unfortunately, it looks like I am going to have to familiarize myself with them, disappointing.


Not cool Google, not cool.

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