Google, as part of their spring cleaning, is discontinuing several services. One of the services on the chopping block is causing particular angst among its users–Google Reader.
Google Reader is an RSS feed reader which allows users to aggregate news stories an articles in one location, making it easier for consumption. As is the M.O. with Google, the discontinuation of the service was announced in a blog post, where one of the bullet points read:
“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.”
There are many “discussions” going on across the web, and everyone is scrambling to figure out if there is a suitable alternative to Google Reader.