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Google Reader is being retired folks! From 1st July 2013 it will be no more (report in the Guardian here).
Read more about it here: Powering Down Google Reader and here for How can I download my Reader data?
Quote from Google's own official blog:
"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."
So... it looks like I'll be moving the feeds for following everyone else's lovely blogs across to Bloglovin instead :)
(Although I will really, really miss all the stuff I tagged by topics and folders in Google Reader - so I made need to research other alternative to Bloglovin *sigh*.) Anyone have some good suggestions for other blog-readers? (It must be able to use on PC + Kindle Fire HD + Android SmartPhone... so I can sync my reader across all formats :) !)
Apparently CNet has posted up five alternative products, but we can’t see anything that’s going to be as useful as Reader.
For what it’s worth, this petition has been set up: Google: Do not remove Google Reader on July 1, 2013.
P.S. You can Follow my blog with Bloglovin
EDIT!!!:Thanks to Cidell's excellent suggestion I checked out the Feedly website - and check out
this link Transitioning from Google Reader to feedly. Quote: "When Google Reader shuts
down, feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google
Reader user and using feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless." Unquote
I think my back-up plan will be to export to a couple of new reader-formats and see which ones I like the best :)!