In a new blog post entitled “A second spring of cleaning” this afternoon, Google announced that it was going to be closing down a number of its projects and services over the next several months.

Included in the shutdowns is Google Reader—a popular RSS news aggregation service, which a number of apps and users still depend on to serve up headlines. Keep reading for more details….

From Google’s blog post:

“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.”

While initial reactions to the news have been negative, it shouldn’t have come as much of a surprise. Google Reader has been in rough shape lately, indicating Google had turned its attention elsewhere.

Also listed in today’s round of shutdowns are Snapseed for Mac and Windows (don’t worry, the iOS app is still alive), the Google Voice app for BlackBerry, and the Google Cloud Connect Office plug-in.

Google ended the post by saying: “These changes are never easy. But by focusing our efforts, we can concentrate on building great products that really help in their lives.”

  • Hmm…where’s a good place to move all my RSS feeds? Currently using Reeder on iOS.

    • I’m using the exact same thing so I too would like to know the answer to this question.

    • SimonReidy

      Wondering the same thing. This news really sucks! I use Reeder and “Mr Reader” as its more customisable, but its 100% Google Reader based too! Took me ages to setup how I wanted it, so I’m really not looking forward to trying to keep my RSS feeds in sync via other means. Might be time to create a new a twitter handle just for following news releases. At least then we won’t miss stories or duplicate read items that way. If you ask me Reader is one of Google’s best ever services so I’m spewing they are retiring it.

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    • What I am going to use…

      4 months for people to create a new RSS reader… I will have to waste a lot of time to try them out…

    • before I looked at the paycheck which was of $8538, I didnt believe that…my… cousin woz actualie earning money part-time on their computer.. there neighbor started doing this 4 less than 1 year and resently repayed the morgage on their cottage and bourt a new Land Rover Range Rover. read more at……… BIT40. ℂOℳ

  • just when i do have newsfeed sync via google account…
    tell me where to switch to…don’t scrap without offering alternative!!

  • Damn this sucks. Spent years setting mine up too. I just email flipboard support and ask the to add a rss reader to their app and a easy way to transfer my google feed to flipboard.

  • Ihsan Hadad

    damn ive been using google reader for couple years and i like it..
    and they tell me they want to shut down, that just a bummer man… ;(

  • SirPsycho

    BS, I use google for everything, all day and reader is certainly about 60% of that. Go and try and find an alternative now, they are all crashing from the exodus of reader users. How does that translate into not being popular enough?

  • smtp25

    Nooooo!!! I use Reader on iPad to check RSS feeds for ‘movie/epsiode’ backups, then access the marked items from Laptop to download – was perfect solution for me.

    Side note: uTorrent remote control (webpage based) on iPad controlling laptop with uTorrent installed is pretty sweet too, can add torrent via webpage on iPad and collect later

  • Pulse, a way better alternative

  • sgs2&iPhone5

    umm what is google reader ??

  • queen_ir3ne

    I’m pretty upset about this. I use Google Reader every day. But if you think about it, this is a company’s chance to create the new best RSS API for syncing between devices. Money right there.