As I logged into Twitter Thursday morning, @ahoova’s tweet greeted me:
Why? Why would google reader shut down? WHY—
Ahuvah Berger Burcat (@ahoova) March 14, 2013
And what followed were several hours on a roller-coaster ride of emotional ups and downs and reading more about RSS feeds and apps than I’ve done in years. I consume a lot of RSS feeds in my Google Reader, but apparently overlooked this one:
Powering Down Google Reader (via Official Google Reader Blog and posted to WordPress.com via Reader’s “Send to” button.)
What does this mean for me personally? For me the Reader is not only about reading but being able to share interesting reads and not just to FB, Twitter and by email! Google Reader also lets you publish a public page of any selected feed or groups of feeds and that page itself has a feed. I’ve used them to populate WordPress.com RSS widgets on several of my sites. On this site, that’s the “Blogging News” in the footer. Come July 1st, those will disappear, unless I can find a replacement.
And on the lighter side, Ian in Hamburg has gone all out poking fun at the demise of Google Reader (with tongue in cheek…I think).
Meanwhile, over on Rob Cottingham’s “Noise to Signal”…
Update: Will the bad news from Google never end? What’s next, Google Alerts?
Update2: WordPress.com users can import their Google Reader subscriptions to the WordPress.com Reader. Announcement here.
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