Cloud Service, Google

Google to discountinue 8 Google products or services including Google Reader

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It looks like a lot of people will be disappointed with Google’s latest round of spring cleaning, we actually probably just those who are using Google Reader.

For most Google Reader the axing of the service did not made any sense since among the 8 Google products – Google Reader has the most user and is the most used Google products and if you’re a Google Reader user you probably received the message that the service will shut down on July 1, 2013 (see screenshot above).

To those who are not familiar Google Reader is tool use for aggregating content served via web feeds and not just any web feeds but your web feeds. Some user (including me) have subscribed to more than 100 feeds and uses Google reader to consume those web contents.

Google said they’re shutting down Google Reader because of declining number of users and probably feeling the effect of people turning to social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Flipboard for main source of news and web contents.

Here are the (7) other Google products that will be shut down;

  • GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets on September 16, 2013
  • CalDAV API for non-whitelisted developers on September 16, 2013
  • Google Building Maker on June 1, 2013
  • Google Cloud Connect on April 30, 2013
  • Google Voice App For Blackberry March 20, 2013 or beginning next week
  • Search API for Shopping on September 16, 2013
  • Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows March 13, 2013

It may not make sense as to why Google is shutting Google Reader but if you’re one of those who want it to remain online and want Google to reconsider its decision – an also want to avoid transferring more than 100 RSS Feeds to another Feed Reader – then you can sign this online Petition to Keep Google Reader Running by Dan Lewis, as of this posting the petition current have 45,414 supporters.