There are very few people as dependent on Google Reader as myself. Google knows that. No, really, they do, they know I am like the top top user of Google Reader. I switched to it in 2007 from Bloglines and never looked back. Now what am I going to do?
Why are they killing it? Google offered two reasons, "usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we're pouring all of our energy into fewer products."
The real reason? They are personally targeting me. Okay, I am kidding but it terribly affects me, which may impact you - my readers. I'll figure out something else to use in the meantime.
You know how I found out about this? I was on a flight, I open Google Reader (last night) and I see this warning:
I almost yelled out on the plane!
The next thing I am worried about is Google killing FeedBurner, which is what so much of the RSS web is run off of these days. Yes, including this site.
I am so sad.
You have to understand, I consume more news than most people. Here are my stats, note that it stops at 300,000 because it is not normal to go beyond that:
From your 1,042 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 29,330 items, clicked 599 items, starred 0 items, and emailed 0 items.
Since April 25, 2012 you have read a total of 300,000+ items.
I have a list of alternatives i'll be investigating, specifically Newsblur, recommended by Gary Price, once it gets through the growing pains of everyone trying to migrate off Google Reader and onto Newsblur.