A service used by millions of people over the years across the globe, has seen a steady decline in usage claims Google and because of this it has set July 1, 2013 as the day the service will breath its last.
Urs Hölzle, Google’s senior vice president of Technical Infrastructure announced in a blog that the spring cleanups are a measure that would allow them to stay focused thereby preventing them from being too thin and lacking impact. With the second round of spring cleanup, Google has closed doors on a total of 70 features and / or services since 2011.
The closure of Google Reader will surely disappoint many readers including me who regularly use the Google Reader to go through hundreds of feeds daily. Google has recommended tools that would allow users to transfer their subscriptions along with lists of their followers.
Google blog post noted, “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”
The other services which are going to be discontinued are Google Voice for Blackberry, Snapseed for desktop Calendar API and Search API for shopping.