Google has recently announced that the company will soon shut down its Google Reader service. The company made this announcement on the Official Google Blog.
Google Software Engineer Alan Green gave out this information on the 13th of March. He also mentioned that the actual date for this power down will be the 1st of July, 2013. Just like the users, even Google knows how hard this is going to be and for the same reason Alan quoted saying
We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.
If you are one of those people who have been using Google Reader for a long time, then we know that this news will be disturbing. However, Google does have its reasons, and the company did give out two simple reasons for taking this step. The company said that the usage of Google Reader has declined over the period of time and as a company the team has been pouring all of its energy into fewer products. This way Google wants to work on fewer products but at the same time get more for its users and customers. The company wants to improve its focus and ensure that it provides a better user experience.
Even we believe that it might be difficult for regular users to move away from Google Reader. Even though the users are few, we know that they will need time to digest this fact and move on to something else. This is the reason why Google has made this announcement well before time so that within this period of three months, people can start moving from Google Reader to the other alternatives.
Google has been careful enough to alert users way before hand and give them a sufficient amount of time in order to start looking out for something to settle with. We hope this time period will be good enough, and people will move on without major problems.