Google Decides To Retire Google Reader In July, Internet Weeps With Sadness


Noooooooooo………this is some of the worst news I’ve seen and heard from Google in some time as they announce the shutdown of Google Reader. I use Reader multiple times an hour to keep up with news outside of Twitter and this is a huge disappointment for me. Apps like Flipboard greatly rely on Google Reader for RSS integration and this just a huge, huge disappointment. First Andy Rubin, now Google Reader. Excuse me now while I go sob in a corner.

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and 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.

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

Seriously, I couldn’t be any more disappointed about this news. So many apps with cross-platform support now dead in the water. What a disappointment Google, you’ve let the internet down.

Google Reader Blog


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  • Christian

    Wtf unacceptable!

  • bob

    Holy crap does this suck. Google Reader is pretty much my home page. There really isn’t an alternative to it.

  • Prabir

    I’m disappointed. I use Google Reader multiple times a day. Any alternatives out there?

  • Brie

    OMGWTFNFW!!!! It took me FOREVER to customize Google Reader and its PERFECT! I dont want to use anything else, I have tried so many and they all just suck. If anyone else as an alternative please post :(

  • mjaramillo2005

    no way, no how, will NOT ACCEPT. come on folks, its called PUBLIC OUTCRY! lets do it and #SAVEGOOGLEREADER

  • whiteiphoneproblems

    Is it possible they’re doing this in service of Google Currents?

    • Yes, but there is no way Google Currents can replace Google Reader for people like myself who follow 150+ feeds. It would take me hours to go through them all.

  • Nick Cannon


  • rob

    What if Google isn’t the Google we know?…


  • uhh i never used Google Reader so uhhh i’m okay with this lol

  • B.E.

    No, Google hasn’t let the Internet down, just you and a few like you.

  • George

    Are they going to substitute this app with another one? maybe google news?

    • George

      Just saw the first comment here, I agree google Currents is not quite the same thing. bummer…

  • This is terrible, terrible news. Google Reader must hardly need any back-end maintenance as compared to their other products. Why can’t they just let it remain?

  • marbo100


  • Craig

    I use I never feel out of the loop with it.

  • tirtawn
  • tirtawn

    I know, I also read tmonews using google reader. *sigh*.

  • TychaBrahe

    How much support does a working product need?

  • timmyjoe42

    This sucks. I just got into using thie hard core last month. It saved me tons of time and clicking and it’s helped me to not miss a ton of great stories. I love the simple gmail looking layout.

  • LOL never liked or used this but I guess I’m the outlier here.

  • M42

    Where does that leave Flipboard?

  • steveb944

    OK anyone have any alternatives? I use Google Reader EVERY DAY, it’s how I keep up with my tech news and alerts on searches.

    My priority is being able to keep up with TmoNews to make sure I don’t miss any articles. Suggestions?

    • Anon

      Visit the website?

      • steveb944

        Oh wow I can visit the site, I had no idea! I meant an automated system checking for me

  • Deadeye37


  • Andrecs

    What does this have to do with T-Mobile?

  • I use Live Bookmarks in Firefox but Google Reader has been a great find for tracking articles on my phone. I guess Google is chopping out stuff that they don’t make money on like free Google Apps for domains, iGoogle, and now this. I hate to see companies start something and then either not follow through or go discontinuing stuff.

  • galaxydude

    I just cannot believe this i have been using reader every day for years hopefully they will have something comparable