Google has closed its RSS reading service, Google Reader
, after eight years of operation. The shutdown, announced four months ago
as part of a wider "spring cleaning effort," now forces users of the web app to sign up with another service, with some alternative RSS collection sites reporting large changes in traffic.
Existing users of Google Reader will be greeted by a static page with a note from the development team. Users will be able to download Google Reader subscription data via Google Takeout
until 12PM PST on July 15th this year, with all remaining data deleted shortly afterward. The Reader team also offers a link
to a list of other RSS reader options.
In terms of alternative services, both Feedly
stated their intention to implement their own replacements of the Google Reader API, one that many RSS apps synchronized with. Feedly, with an operational API that is used by a number
of other apps, had a sudden influx of 500,000 users within 48 hours
of the original Google Reader shutdown news, with that number still continuing to increase. Digg
is still working on its own reader post-launch
, and though its API is currently non-existent, it is still proving popular, and announced
that it is crawling 7.7 million feeds just five days after launch.