Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 13th Mar 2013 23:27 UTC
Google "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." This makes me very, very sad. Any good alternatives - alternatives with Windows Phone and Metro applications, that is?
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Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 14th Mar 2013 07:54 UTC
Kroc
Member since:
2005-11-10

I had an argument with Mozilla over their own dis-interest in RSS. This may be worth reading to some, Google falls in line with everything that's being said; browser vendors don't care about RSS because they have stopped caring about the individual user.

http://camendesign.com/rss_is_dying
http://camendesign.com/rss_a_reply

The lack of investment by browser vendors into native built-in RSS readers is what has pushed users into using Facebook as their one and only news aggregating site, and look at what power that's placed in Facebook's hands and taken away from the browser vendors.

The next thing to die due to browser vendor apathy is e-mail. Watch this space.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by moondevil on Thu 14th Mar 2013 08:38 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
moondevil Member since:
2005-07-08

Maybe it is due to my age, but I still use desktop RSS readers and email clients.

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RE[2]: Comment by Kroc
by Kroc on Thu 14th Mar 2013 08:57 in reply to "RE: Comment by Kroc"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

We're being replaced by Facebook hipsters who loathe all use of e-mail with a passion. The marketing money is aimed at them, not us. E-mail will be all-but-dead within the decade.

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RE: Comment by Kroc
by zima on Thu 14th Mar 2013 17:46 in reply to "Comment by Kroc"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

The lack of investment by browser vendors into native built-in RSS readers is what has pushed users into using Facebook as their one and only news aggregating site, and look at what power that's placed in Facebook's hands and taken away from the browser vendors.

And Google would probably love if some of that power went into Google+ ...maybe that's also why Google Reader is no longer desirable?

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