Google Reader's Collateral Damage: Google Alerts & iGoogle Feeds

Jul 3, 2013 • 8:30 am | comments (5) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

Google Reader's Collateral DamageI was devastated when Google announced the closure of Google Reader but honestly, I am all good now, for the most part. I switched happily to Feedly but keep in mind, there are many alternatives.

But now I learn that Google Reader's demise is also the demise of other Google products.

iGoogle Feed Gadgets

iGoogle Feed Gadgets all went offline yesterday when Google Reader shut down. A Google Web Search Help thread has many complaints from users and Google confirmed the issue. Jessica from Google said:

I'm sorry to hear that this is so frustrating for everyone. The feature was dependent on Google Reader, which was sunset yesterday. Unfortunately, this means that the feature isn't functional anymore.

Of course, iGoogle is closing down shortly as well.

Google Alerts RSS Delivery

Also, Google Alerts all of a sudden stopped supporting RSS as a delivery option. I depend on this feature, as I mentioned in my outcry on Google+.

If you look at my screen shot, you will notice the warning message "Google Reader is no longer available." So what, let me subscribe to it via another RSS reader!

Google Alerts RSS Killed

Google should have also warned us about the collateral damage the closure of Google Reader would cause.

I am sure there are other examples of where Google Reader caused other Google services to fail.

Forum discussion at Google+ and Google Web Search Help.

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Robert Nowak

07/03/2013 01:02 pm

Yeah.. thats great. It looks like Google wants to just kill RSS everywhere altogether. It's like "we don't use it, so you shouldn't either". I understand this view, when you have something that replaces it, but they haven't got anything (no i don't cound Google+ as viable replacement in even minimal way). Also no social media or other automatic filtering tools work for me - I want to decide what i want to see not some algorythm or my friends - that just narrows your world too much to just a fraction of it. You should be reading not only what you like to see in the news but also something that you should see. If you filter your news with social and algorythms, you might not pick up some really important news - think ACTA or PRISM would be so popular if your news was filtered to your friends likes and algorythms? Don't think so. Google is going more and more in the direction of EPIC 2014 -

Michael Martinez

07/03/2013 04:07 pm

Hey, there's always Feedburner (for now).


07/03/2013 05:35 pm

If you like iGoogle, you might wanna try because it lets you create your own "widgets" from the sites you visit regularly. Here is a snapshot of the app :

Julie Hong

07/04/2013 08:58 am

Don't worry, there is Talkwalker Alerts as an alternative to Google Alerts, which works perfectly fine for both email and RSS deliveries. And it's also easy to import Google Alerts in Talkwalker if you have a large amount of alerts. Have you tried it out yet Barry?


07/04/2013 06:22 pm

It's only a matter of time before they kill alerts IMHO.

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