Google Reader shutting down

google-readerStarting July 1, you’re going to need a different RSS feed: Google Reader will be no more.

Google announced the news yesterday, writing on their blog, “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.”

While the numbers may be declining, fans took to social media last night to express their outrage. A Change.org petition asking Google to reconsider the decision has already garnered over 51,000 signatures — although Google is unlikely to change their minds. According to NextWeb, Google is pulling the plug to concentrate resources on the still-floundering Google+.

What are your favorite Reader alternatives — or, thanks to social media, do you not use an RSS program at all?

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