Google has announced that Google Reader, its RSS aggregation system, will be turned off on July 1st. Citing years of declining usage, Reader is one of several victims of the advertising giant’s periodic “spring cleaning.”
The Reader RSS platform had a popular Web front-end, and was also used to provide behind-the-scenes support for a wide range of RSS clients.
Current users of Reader will be able to export their list of feeds up until the cut-off date using Google’s Takeout facility.
This will amount to a significant life change, and not in a positive direction. I suppose that the writing was on the wall when Google shifted all sharing to G+, which functionally reduced the value of sharing to virtually nil. A terrible decision.