So they finally did it, Google killed Reader, as the news broke on Wednesday evening the internet erupted in howls of anguish, how could they take away something so vital? Supposedly its death is due to declining usage and Google’s desire to focus on fewer products but many suspect it is simply another casualty in the drive to get everyone on to Google+. One thing is for sure, Reader users were passionate about the service, the outcry reached far and wide and an online petition to keep it running hit over 100,000 signatures in just a few days and currently stands at almost 122,000.
I felt a great disturbance in the Force as if million of users typed “Google Reader alternative” into their search box at the same time.
— Robin Stacey (@greywulf) March 13, 2013
Personally, it has been one of my most used tools, something that I would use many times every day, a feed reader is by far the easiest and quickest way to keep up with the vast flow of news and information generated every day on the internet and is invaluable for keeping up with those blogs that only update sporadically. There are all sorts of reasons why killing Reader is a bad idea, Rupert Goodwins explains better than I ever could in this article on the Guardian website but the fact remains that come the 1st of July it will be no more so a replacement had to be found.