Google Reader is Going Away
In a surprise shakeup, Google has announced that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. This move comes as Google tries to consolidate its services — to put more wood behind fewer arrows, as its CEO says. This consolidation first resulted in numerous services being rolled up under Google+ (including Reader and Picasa) in 2011, then a bunch of shutdowns throughout 2012, and now the shutdown of Reader and iGoogle in 2013. As Google attempts to reduce its reliance on Search, which still accounts for 90% of the company’s income, we can expect more consolidation behind a few key products: Android, Chrome, and Google+.I've always rather liked Reader. It's simple, utilitarian, and gets the job done. Fortunately, there are a few alternatives worth considering so that you don't lose all of your RSS feeds. I certainly have no intention of stopping my reading of various Manosphere blogs and other sites that I access regularly through my current Reader interface (across at least 3 different machines).