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Petition (5, Interesting)

abrotman (323016) | about a year ago | (#43166145)

For what it's worth ...

https://www.change.org/petitions/google-keep-google-reader-running

Re:Petition (4, Insightful)

niftydude (1745144) | about a year ago | (#43166347)

Signed.

I use this every day - and most people in my office who see how useful it is also convert.

I'm not interested in the social integration/people following me/me following people that things like google takeout supply, just let me read my feeds in piece!

Re:Petition (1)

Nerdfest (867930) | about a year ago | (#43166403)

Likewise. Everyone who sees me using it becomes a user. This is quite disappointing. I wonder if they can recommend anything that replaces anywhere close to the functionality ...

Re:Petition (2)

thecombatwombat (571826) | about a year ago | (#43166649)

They probably won't, but I recommend Fever (www.feedafever.com.) You host it yourself, so it's not getting retired anytime soon. Wish it were open source so I could fix a few bugs, but it still works great.

Re:Petition (4, Informative)

All_One_Mind (945389) | about a year ago | (#43167061)

I used to use Google Reader but switched to Netvibes [netvibes.com] long ago. Provides the same features, similiar interface, but a lot more under the hood and better theme selection/customization imo. Plus, it's not Google, which is a big plus for me. Anything non-MS, non-Apple, non-Oracle, non-Google is a huge win in my book. Just my two cents, since you asked for recommendations.

Re:Petition (4, Insightful)

interkin3tic (1469267) | about a year ago | (#43166639)

Nice thought, but I think they know how many people are using it on a regular basis, and have probably figured out that if you're using it, you probably don't want to see it go away.

Re:Petition (4, Insightful)

massysett (910130) | about a year ago | (#43167033)

First I see people using Change.org to complain about Electronic Arts and its DRM; now this, a "petition" to ask Google to keep a product?

To me it cheapens the notion of a "petition" to use it for this. The Change.org homepage spotlights domestic violence, migrant workers, firefighters, and more.

It just seems whiny and self-entitled to me to gear up and "petition" a private company on such trivial stuff as an RSS reader, or DRM. Just find another reader. But, if Change.org does not want to filter out this crap...

Still not using bloody Google+ (5, Interesting)

blarkon (1712194) | about a year ago | (#43166165)

Refugees are already saying that http://theoldreader.com/ [theoldreader.com] is the replacement.

Re:Still not using bloody Google+ (3, Informative)

Cammi (1956130) | about a year ago | (#43166377)

I have over 200 reads. TheOldReader dies after importing 3 .... so no, it's not an alternative.

Google+ is sort of what killed it (5, Insightful)

Trepidity (597) | about a year ago | (#43166517)

Google Reader used to have some useful features which they actually removed in hopes of pushing people to Google+. Didn't really work, usage declined, now they're killing it.

Re:Google+ is sort of what killed it (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167127)

Sounds like Microsoft.

Re:Google+ is sort of what killed it (1)

DerekLyons (302214) | about a year ago | (#43167231)

That may be part of it - but RSS in general is also facing stiff competition in the form of Facebook based blogs and feeds.

Re:Still not using bloody Google+ (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166835)

netvibes is a better choice.

Alternatives? (4, Interesting)

jordan314 (1052648) | about a year ago | (#43166171)

I'm super unhappy about this, I use google reader every day and Google Currents is no alternative. Which alternatives do people like?

Re:Alternatives? (3, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166231)

They're getting rammed hard with traffic right now but try one of these:

http://www.newsblur.com/
http://theoldreader.com/

Where the fuck are the APIs? (4, Insightful)

Phil Urich (841393) | about a year ago | (#43166715)

Why the hell does TheOldReader not have an API? "We're working on an iOS app" just doesn't cut it for the kind of crazy weirdos (like me) that use Google Reader.

I mean, hell, even on my Nokia N9---a platform stabbed and left to die bleeding by the side of the road---there are multiple Google Reader syncing RSS clients. That's what I want Google Reader for, as a central sync repository for my RSS feed reading (some on a desktop at home, some on a desktop at work, some on a tablet, some on a phone, some on my e-reader, etc etc). If sites like TheOldReader are just a website and, at best, an app or two they write themselves for a few of the largest platforms then they're nearly as useless to me as Google Reader will soon be.

NewsBlur seems slightly better in that their apps for the mainstream platforms already exist, but that's still extremely weak compared to the flexibility of interface and location that the current Google Reader + APIs have allowed for.

Re:Alternatives? (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166297)

Google is famous for just dropping products, if you are not prepared for your favorite thing to just 'disappear' or a forced migration don't rely on Google.

Re:Alternatives? (5, Insightful)

Nidi62 (1525137) | about a year ago | (#43166583)

Google is famous for just dropping products, if you are not prepared for your favorite thing to just 'disappear' or a forced migration don't rely on Google.

I'm still dreading this November when I have to find a replacement for iGoogle. That's honestly the only thing that takes me to Google every day,

Re:Alternatives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166727)

It looks like Google Now will become the iGoogle replacement. But what about our RSS reads? :-(

Re:Alternatives? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166791)

igoogle is crap.

netvibes.

Re:Alternatives? (1)

jdog-usa (957972) | about a year ago | (#43166797)

Amen. I am also dreading the demise of igoogle. For what it's worth, netvibes seems to be similar enough. I'm running both in separate tabs, just to try to wean myself off igoogle. It's not working though. I still go back to the igoogle tab because it feels like home.

Re:Alternatives? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167125)

Google is famous for just dropping products, if you are not prepared for your favorite thing to just 'disappear' or a forced migration don't rely on Google.

This is some of the best advice you will ever read on Slashdot.

Google has allegiance to no one ( other than the NSA for which it is
a front, but that's a story for another time ).

*

Re:Alternatives? (3, Informative)

detritus. (46421) | about a year ago | (#43166335)

Netvibes [netvibes.com] is a good alternative that has a "Reader" mode plus a widget mode. However one thing I noticed with both Google Reader and especially Netvibes is it can choke and become sluggish with several thousand unread items in my browser.

As far as native clients go in Linuxland, Liferea [lzone.de] is a maturing and blazingly fast GTK client that suits my needs.

Re:Alternatives? (1)

jseale (691367) | about a year ago | (#43166447)

Pulse and Taptu are nice. They're compatible with just about everything. They have web interfaces (both of which are top notch), and they use up very little flash memory. Taptu's even compatible with Google ChromeBooks.

Re:Alternatives? (4, Informative)

Omestes (471991) | about a year ago | (#43166711)

I like both of these services, and use them... but they are very different from Reader. Reader is for feeds that I read over 60% of, and want to read every day. Pulse and Taptu are for things I browse, where I might want to read a single article from in a week or so, time willing.

I'm getting a bit sick of Google. I still don't know what to do when they kill iGoogle, I like having my mail, (soon to be dead) feeds, weather. and Slashdot on one page, along with the always useful search. I'm guessing I'm going to have to just use Windows 8 tiles instead, which probably isn't Google's preferable action. I'm sure they want me to use Google+ for all this, or something else (Chrome apps) that they will kill in another year, or just can't be bothered to support (like Reader, at this moment).

What really irks me is that Reader is about all I use my Nexus 7 for these days outside of IMDB and stupid searches.

Re:Alternatives? (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | about a year ago | (#43166545)

I recently migrated away from Google Reader. I have a cron job which runs Planet [planetplanet.org] to generate an HTML page from my feeds. Then I just pull up the page in my browser and read at my leisure.

Re:Alternatives? (2)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43166645)

honestly... that sounds really awful. but at least you're stubborn enough to make something you want for yourself, which is more than 99%. Kudos to you.

Re:Alternatives? (1)

detritus. (46421) | about a year ago | (#43166881)

Honestly, it sounds liberating to avoid the middle man who can not only censor your feeds but track what you read.

Re:Alternatives? (1)

CarsonChittom (2025388) | about a year ago | (#43166925)

Actually, it had more to do with a desire to simply focus on the text than anything else. Most feeds give the full text of the post/article which means once the page is generated, I just scroll down—no jumping back and forth between browser tabs—and since the design is my own it looks the way I want it: one column, justified text, plenty of whitespace.

Re:Alternatives? (1)

ElmoGonzo (627753) | about a year ago | (#43166571)

Before I found Reader, I had RSS feeds grouped together in a bookmarks folder. I suppose I could go back to that system but I've gotten used to hitting the same list of unread items (and the option to keep any of them unread) from any of my several desktop browsers or from the mobile device. It really is a shame that something which is useful (but not used by "enough" ad-reading wetware devices) is considered obsolete so quickly. I guess Google wants to invest more of their money in privacy-invading street-view units.

Feedly (4, Interesting)

Mitaphane (96828) | about a year ago | (#43166775)

Feedly seems to be the best alternative if you've become accustomed to using Google Reader. It synchronizes itself with Google Reader (or it will until July). It even has some the same keyboard shortcuts. Transitioning is seamless; it uses Google's OAuth to gain access to your Google account and pull in all your feeds & tags.

It looks like the app is a little slow right now as they are dealing with the surge in demand.

http://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/ [feedly.com]

Re:Alternatives? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167383)

Which alternatives do people like?

Brief (firefox add on), and on android I like Sparse RSS & Podcast Addict.

WTF Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166179)

If you close down Reader and iGoogle in the same year, you are seriously going to upset me. Don't do it.

Re:WTF Google (2)

Shikaku (1129753) | about a year ago | (#43166215)

What is gonna happen if you're upset by Google? Are you gonna stop using their products? The money doesn't come from any of their free services, it's the advertisers. You'll be disappointed if you expected nothing else from a free product than to be disappointed when it doesn't bring any more money.

Re:WTF Google (2)

ottothecow (600101) | about a year ago | (#43166441)

But why wouldn't they like me using this product?

If I use another reader or go to the RSS source myself, I am going to be reading someone else's ads. Those ads might still come from google, but they have to pay a cut to the site owner.

If I use google reader, they insert their own ads into my page AND get to scan my reading habits. seems like a win-win for me, and I can't imagine bandwidth and storage costs are huge (most content remains hosted by the source).

Re:WTF Google (1)

noh8rz10 (2716597) | about a year ago | (#43166497)

Optimizing resource allocation. For every penny they lose from your alienation, they plan to make x > 1 pennies elsewhere. Sorry, they did the math and you lost :(

Re:WTF Google (5, Interesting)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#43166705)

No, based on events surrounding their last couple "retirements", it's pretty obvious they're attempting to force people to start using Google+ by retiring most stuff that's external to that product. It doesn't really seem to be working, but it's hard to interpret the tea leaves in any other manner.

For such a huge company they sure are looking desperate...

Re:WTF Google (1)

multi io (640409) | about a year ago | (#43166537)

But why wouldn't they like me using this product?

Maybe because the infrastructure costs more money than comes in via ad revenue, so whenever you're using this product, they incur a loss.

(JFTR, personally I'm an avid GR user, so I'm upset with that decision too)

Re:WTF Google (2, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167089)

You're probably right about the revenue, but you don't consider just how much free data Google can harvest from the people who use Google Reader. I think that no online behavior of mine - and I'm including searches - reveals as much about my priorities and interests as how I curate my RSS, and what articles I click on. I've been gifting all this info to Google, in exchange for a tiny increase in their server load from sending me text. I don't think they are really getting such a bad deal from this.

Why? (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166195)

A decline in usage? I'm pretty sure many people use it, and I personally use it quite a lot. It's a good alternative to client-based RSS readers, and I don't think Google should retire it.

Re:Why? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166527)

Along this line: If no one is using it, why do they feel compelled to provide FOUR MONTHS notice before retiring it?

Re:Why? (1)

ottothecow (600101) | about a year ago | (#43166551)

Because they made it hard to get to. It used to have a link up on the top bar and they used promote it.

Now you have to wade through a dropdown menu to get there but can instead get to youtube and the play store with one click. Hell...I go to youtube all of the time and have never clicked that link.

Good Replacements? (1)

philshap (514919) | about a year ago | (#43166205)

I'm going to miss Google Reader. Anyone know a good replacement? I need browser based reader with IOS support that lets me navigate using the keyboard.

Really what I want is gnus running in a browser, but that's not gonna happen...

Re:Good Replacements? (1)

chazchaz101 (871891) | about a year ago | (#43166357)

Netvibes [netvibes.com] set to reader view appears to look pretty similar from what I can see, but all the RSS reader sites I try seem to be down at the moment. Anyone have experience using it?

Re:Good Replacements? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43166385)

check out Feedly

it rides on top of google reader, but i think you can use it without google to save RSS feeds. awesome iOS app as well

Stunned (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166213)

Google Reader is my way to keep track of whats going in the world from a wide variety of sources.
I hope that is another viable alternative, because I do not want to go back to the bad old days of checking sites individually.

Well Duh (2)

eplawless (1003102) | about a year ago | (#43166227)

They removed all of the sharing features and tried to replace it with a half-hearted Google+ integration. All of the people I know who used it stopped using it shortly afterwards.

Re:Well Duh (1)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43166585)

I didn't. I simply shared everything to G+. That's really the only purpose G+ had... was for google people to read things that they used to read in google reader, shared by their former sharebros now G+-contacts. So this will actually dent G+ too. They. are. idiots.

Stupid Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166261)

I hate when Google does this!

Declining? (4, Interesting)

countach (534280) | about a year ago | (#43166303)

When they say it is declining, I wonder if they mean the web site only, or if they include all the apps out there that use it as their storage mechanism. The major loss here is that google reader is the standard. I can use half a dozen different RSS readers and know they all synch with Google Reader, and I can swap between them. Oh, and I know if one day I only have web access, Google's own web interface is pretty nice too.

Don't do it Google! I realize that Reader probably doesn't benefit you much directly, but it's a super important part of "the Google experience".

Re:Declining? (1)

alen (225700) | about a year ago | (#43166405)

most people don't subscribe to RSS feeds. too much work

with facebook, G+, twitter and other social crap being used to notify people of blog posts

Re:Declining? (2)

ClintJCL (264898) | about a year ago | (#43166599)

So your argument is - it's easier to check 3 sites than 1? In a sense, that is true. In another sense, the way you've phrased it is a bit inaccurate. But in another sense, it's pretty damn annoying the hoops you have to jump through to get twitter and facebook on google reader, and Google never even made rss feeds for G+ posts, which was ridiculous. Can't win. Guess we'll have to check 3 sites forever.

Re:Declining? (2)

detritus. (46421) | about a year ago | (#43166907)

The worst part of this is Facebook nixed RSS for Pages a while back. It really pissed me off as I now have to have an account to keep up on businesses/musicians/organizations I follow that post exclusive or more in-depth content on their FB pages.

Re:Declining? (1)

WiPEOUT (20036) | about a year ago | (#43167099)

all the apps out there that use it as their storage mechanism

Maybe this traffic and storage free-riding by other applications has hastened its demise.

F*** you (1)

kju (327) | about a year ago | (#43166339)

I was a satisfied user of Bloglines for many years until it was overtaken and crippled by some Internet business. I reluctantly switched to Google Reader which had many shortcomings (e.g. no really persistent "keep unread" feature), but I got used to it because it was the only usable web RSS reader left.

Any now Google is killing this one as well. Thank you very much. Not.

What a shame (5, Interesting)

sirwired (27582) | about a year ago | (#43166349)

I realize that Google Reader probably did not make enough money, and/or drive enough traffic, to justify its continued existence. But I spend more time on Google Reader than any other website, by a considerable margin, and I'll miss it.

I'd even pay, if they offered it as a subscription service for a nominal fee.

Re:What a shame (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166565)

mod parent up!
such a nice service as google reader is, people would gladly pay for it

Re:What a shame (1)

JimieRaeWinchester (2372070) | about a year ago | (#43166609)

I would also pay. I love Google reader, using it throughout the day, every day. With Google retiring my other fave service (iGoogle) I've decided to retire my use of Google, except maybe the search.

Re:What a shame (1)

ftobin (48814) | about a year ago | (#43166807)

There is no question I'd pay for Google reader. One of the great properties it has is that searching for subscriptions is extremely easy.

Grudge (5, Insightful)

Exitar (809068) | about a year ago | (#43166421)

"Oh, you didn't use Buzz and you aren't using Google+?
Well, now we're closing something you actually use!
That will show you to belittle our products!"

Re:Grudge (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166595)

Why, I did use Buzz a lot, and I liked it.
Same goes for that notebook thing.
So yeah, aren't we dicky Google?

Is 2005 back? (4, Interesting)

aurelian (551052) | about a year ago | (#43166477)

I have just moved back to Linux from OS X, RSS and Google Reader is on the way out, so it looks like I'll be reading mailing lists instead, and I'm posting on Slashdot again.

Standalone RSS Reader? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166513)

Are there any good standalone readers? I have some feeds that are behind our company's firewall because they contain sensitive information. I've tried feedburner, sage plugin for firefox, etc. None do a great job searching and filtering. In fact, so far, Internet Explorer seems to have one of the nicest displays for rss feeds.

Collateral DoS (1)

gmuslera (3436) | about a year ago | (#43166557)

Several of the alternative web rss readers sites (like NewsBlur [newsblur.com]) are having trouble coping with the amount of people checking for good alternative web based rss readers. I suppose that they will manage to scale with time, but at the moment of the google announcement should had been hard to access.

I hate you Google (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166563)

I hate you with all my heart now...

Sue them! (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166577)

I say we start a class action suit and demand our money back. In fact, I want at least twice the money I've paid them back...

My Yahoo! Reader (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166605)

go my.yahoo.com, click on +content, then Add RSS feed.

https://twitter.com/balajinix/status/312011243315683328/photo/1

NewsBlur 100% open-source (web, iOS apps, Android) (3, Informative)

dhart (1261) | about a year ago | (#43166633)

From Samuel Clay's twitter posts today - https://twitter.com/NewsBlur [twitter.com]. Remember, NewsBlur is 100% open-source (web, iOS apps, Android). Follow @samuelclay on GitHub: http://github.com/samuelclay [github.com]. Today's not such a hot day in terms of speed, but the next three months will be full throttle. I was preparing to launch the re-design in TWO weeks, not today. I'm spinning up more servers to handle the onslaught.

Re:NewsBlur 100% open-source (web, iOS apps, Andro (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166875)

They just added a "Import from Reader" Dialog - smart ...

Re:NewsBlur 100% open-source (web, iOS apps, Andro (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167341)

Yeah, and critical features like having more than 64 feeds and full text view are premium only.

Here we go again (5, Interesting)

srichard25 (221590) | about a year ago | (#43166655)

I had put a lot of time into Google Notebook. I was using it to maintain a very active log of technical documentation. I carefully choose tags to make it easy to find the information I needed quickly, and I spent a lot of time pruning the information to keep it clean. Then Google said they were no longer going to develop Notebook.

I started using Google Reader to catalog technical articles. Once again, putting a lot of time/thought into tagging and notes to make it as useful as possible. Now Google is dropping Reader.

If the product is not making enough money from data/ads, then at least give people the opportunity to pay for it. I would gladly pay for Notebook and/or Reader!

Should I put the time and effort into gmail? Is that the next Google product to just disappear?? After being burnt twice, I will be thinking carefully before putting a lot of effort into a free Google product.

The cloud is the future! (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166685)

Google pretty much demonstrates the iron-cast reason why you shouldn't move your apps to the cloud every time they have another round of "cleaning."

RSS isn't dead, but decent apps? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166693)

I never upgraded to Google Reader because I am an old faithful clinging to my desktop apps (I use and love Vienna on OS X). I'm not surprised they're shutting it down - it again re-iterates why it is better to be in control of your own data!!

That said, I have tried repeatedly to find an iPad app that mimics Vienna's behaviour and almost all iPad apps want to use Google Reader. Obviously sync of reads would be great, but I'd even take non-synced if there was actually a decent iPad app that could load an XML file of RSS feeds.

There is a huge hole for a iPhone/iPad/OS X/(even web-based) syncing RSS reader. Does NetNewsWire do it? Last time I tried their desktop app I didn't really like it but I still have a thirst for RSS and this whole google story has just re-iterated that for me.

Bamboo (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166763)

I've switched to Bamboo, a firefox extension. So far, I'm thinking it's very much like google reader. So far, I'm happy.

Replacement w/ Upgraded Design (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43166943)

If you're looking for an alternative to skim headlines please give Skim.Me a try (what a great name! ha). We're a startup releasing another version soon to help you keep up at a glance.

It will break a lot of RSS readers (5, Interesting)

djh2400 (1362925) | about a year ago | (#43166987)

Immediately after seeing the original post from the Google Reader blog, I started looking for a solution. It seems that practically every RSS program or service out there actually uses Google Reader as a centralized syncing platform.

I read news through RSS feeds at different computers throughout the day and on different OSes. The ability for a service to synchronize between all the places I access the feeds is paramount in a replacement. Thus, all those services which use Google Reader for syncing purposes will break once Google shuts down Reader, so, sadly, they are not a viable option as things stand right now.

I do like some of the alternatives posted by other commenters; I'll check out some of them when I have the time. I also signed the petition in one of the first comments above — it may have no effect, but it's worth trying, I suppose.

Damnit. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167041)

Damnit, I read this article using reader.

sigh (1)

barlevg (2111272) | about a year ago | (#43167121)

Anyone know of an RSS feed reader for Android besides Google Reader that handles mouseover text (aka alt text)?

Re:sigh (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167315)

You get XKCD RSS feeds too, eh? ;)

Fuck google reader (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167205)

It was useless shit and didn't even let you mark things as unread. Good riddance.

Now downmod me, faggots. I shit on your mothers.

Re:Fuck google reader (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167219)

It's not going anywhere, fagman. This is a classic reverse psychology play. Look at the sentiment in the news and the comments across the web. Google knows it's popular and wants to publicize it.

Editors, this is not the same MD5ed IP address as the OP.

Local alternatives? (2)

darkfeline (1890882) | about a year ago | (#43167277)

Google Reader was the last web app I use, and Google decided to cement the reason why I moved to local apps in the first place. So with Google finally abandoning me and fellow Reader users, what Linux replacements are there? I'm trying out Liferea at the moment, going to see how that works out.

Sayonara Google, it's been fun.

Stuffs my Android Usage (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167375)

Hate that just brought a new app for Google Reader and now they cancel it!
Should they now ban all new sales of Google Reader apps on the the app store?

They kill Reader we kill Google+ (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#43167397)

I just went and deleted my Google+ account in protest of this and I would suggest that others do also. You are given an opportunity to tell Google why you are leaving Google+ and it seems to me there is no better place to sound off on this incredibly stupid decision to kill Reader.

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