Google announced that the “Google Reader” service will be shutdown on July 1, 2013:
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. 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.”
I would like to say that Google reader service is by far the most frequently visited Google site other then Gmail for me at least, Google might have a good reason(like: doesn’t make money from it?) to shut it down, but for thousands out there using this service daily is a disaster, I know there are several alternatives, but using one Google authentication to control your reading feed it so much better by using another third party’s service.
So if you like to express the similar feeling, please update this topic: “Powering down Google Reader” in Google Groups
Update: If the Google Takeout doesn’t work for you or you don’t like the output json format, the “Google Reader Subscriptions Export” function still working, and you can get a XML(OPML) format instead