From time to time, Google is performing a spring of cleaning in its list of products, services or features, shutting down those who were not as popular as the expected or if they were replaced by alternatives considered superior. “Considered” is the key-word, as the products Google wants in its yard are not always the same with what the users care for.
After it announced in late 2012, that Google will ditch the ActiveSync support, which will leave the users of the rival platforms without push email, agenda and calendar synchronization on their terminals, the Mountain View-based company has announced a new series of victims of their spring cleaning list. Among them you will find obscure services like Search API for Shopping, Cloud Connect, or Apps Script, but you will also find a popular product that is used by may: Google Reader.
Launched eight years ago, Google Reader have rapidly became the most popular aggregator for RSS feeds, which has basically became the default services for synchronizing the feeds for most of the apps available on various mobile platforms. According to Google, the decreasing number of Reader users has determined the company to announce that the service will be shut down as of June 1st, 2013.
Google Reader never received the treatment it deserved, as its APIs were undocumented and the support for synchronization didn’t receive official support. Even so, Reader has became a popular platform, and its popularity has determent many desktop or mobile RSS clients to integrate Reader support.
It’s true, we are living times when the users are orientating towards other news sources like Facebook or Twitter, but the two aforementioned platforms can totally replace an RSS aggregation service. Moreover, the Google Reader domination have made other similar online services disappear or become less popular, and the list of viable alternative services is pretty sort: Feedly or NetNewsWire.
Feedly has already announced their app will support the users who want to migrate from Google Reader, and this initiative is also expected from other companies.