Google Kills Google Reader

Well, this just sucks. Google Reader is the only RSS reader I have been using to find my way around the web. If anybody has a good web based alternative please suggest it in the comments.

Google is doing second round of spring cleaning — euphemism for small projects it finds unworthy of its time and efforts – and is killing off a whole bunch of projects, the biggest of them being Google Reader. In a blog post, Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president of Technical Infrastructure announced:

Everyone has a device, sometimes multiple devices. It’s been a long time since we have had this rate of change—it probably hasn’t happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago. To make the most of these opportunities, we need to focus—otherwise we spread ourselves too thin and lack impact. So today we’re announcing some more closures, bringing the total to 70 features or services closed since our spring cleaning began in 2011

The projects that are being euthanized include Google Voice for Blackberry, Calendar API, Snapseed for desktop, Search API for shopping and others. However, it is Google Reader whose loss is going to impact a lot of people — especially those of us who actually love using RSS feeds to plow through hundreds of feeds. I use it in combination with Reeder app on my iPad, iPhone and Macbook Pro to stay on top of the technology world.