Google today announced that they’re retiring Google Reader, as of July 1st this year, as part of their spring cleaning. While the reason given for the closure is that “over the years usage has declined”, this move leaves the (few?) die-hard Google Reader users out in the cold. So, where can we go from here?
As a fairly heavy Reader user (Since April 15, 2009 I have read a total of 80,084 items), Reader had become central to my web browsing habits. The keys features, for me, that Reader provided were:
- Handling many hundreds of feeds
- Syncing read status across multiple clients
- Supporting grouping of multiple feeds into categories
So keeping these in mind, I’ve found the following potential alternatives.