Google Reader to be retired on July 1, 2013

Google’s excellent feed reader service is being retired in July. Visitors to the Reader site are seeing this message:ReaderRetirementAlert

Clicking the ‘Learn more’ link takes you to a Google Support page that offers some assistance in exporting Reader settings. Google’s explanation for the change is, frankly, lame.

I recognize that Reader was a free service, so I’m not going freak out about all the cool stuff Google seems intent on shutting down, but Reader was a big part of my daily news intake, and I’ll miss it.

Techdirt’s Mike Masnick just posted his thoughts about this. As usual, he hits the nail on the head. I’m one of those people who has become almost entirely dependent on Reader and now I’m going to be scrambling to find an alternative.

Update: I’ve settled on RSSOwl as a replacement for Reader. It’s fast, powerful and flexible. So far, so good.

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Jeff Rivett has worked with and written about computers since the early 1980s. His first computer was an Apple II+, built by his father and heavily customized. Jeff's writing appeared in Computist Magazine in the 1980s, and he created and sold a game utility (Ultimaker 2, reviewed in the December 1983 Washington Apple Pi Journal) to international markets during the same period. Proceeds from writing, software sales, and contract programming gigs paid his way through university, earning him a Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree at UWO. Jeff went on to work as a programmer, sysadmin, and manager in various industries. There's more on the About page, and on the Jeff Rivett Consulting site.

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