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Google Reader No More

After last night’s drama of missing out on a Google I/O 13 ticket because of Google Wallet’s inability to handle the vast amount of traffic on its server, Google dropped another bombshell this morning by announcing that they will be shutting Google Reader off on the 1st of July.

WHAT THE FUCK GOOGLE?

Google Reader is the only reason I can keep a handle on all the tech news on the various technology and Apple news blog I follow and the the ability to sync the news feeds I have on my iPhone and iPad with the Reeder app was paramount for me. Now what am I supposed to do if Google is going to shut down Reader?

Some people on the interwebs suggested Google Currents. The only problem is Currents is only available as an Android and iOS app and there is no desktop or web option. Another popular suggestion was Pulse and Flipboard. I subscribe to about a hundred sites on my Google Reader and have to go through 200-300 stories a day so viewing them in a magazine style format with Pulse and Flipboard just does not compute. The worst suggestions were of those saying news consumption have moved past RSS and onto social media like Twitter, Facebook and Google+. What a load of bullshit.

I need my RSS feeds to act more like email and less like a hipster browsing a magazine at Starbucks.

To be honest, there are some decent alternatives out there and Newsblur, Feedly, and TheOldReader that springs to mind. It’s too early to say which service I will move to and I’m waiting to see if a new RSS sync option would happen take over the reins from Google Reader before the 1st of July.

Reeder did tweet that everything will be fine even though you need a Google Reader subscription to use the app so that’s good to hear. How Reeder is going to circumvent using Google Reader’s sync options is anyone’s guess.

At the end of the day, there isn’t a more simplistic RSS sync option that just works, adopted by a large number of apps and when push comes to shove, I would even fork out some dough if Google decides to keep Reader as a paid service.

Not everyone is unhappy though, Brent Simmons and Marco Arment seemed to have seen this coming and think that Google shutting Reader could only be good news to push innovation in RSS.

We’ll see.