by Alonso Chehade on April 02, 2013
Since Google announced that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013; people are looking to understand why Google has taken this decision and find some alternatives. After looking around the web to find some answers and save you some time, below is a recap of the top questions and answers regarding this event.
Google said that is shutting down the service because over the years usage is declining despite the loyal following.
However Shih, a Google Reader former product manager, said on Quora that the recent move is probably more due to re-allocating talent to Google+.
Google is trying to bring all its services closer together, which is why they may be planning to incorporate some of Readers features into Google+. Not sure what that will look like, but is the same type of thing they did by moving Google Places into Google+ as Google+ local.
If you’re a Google Reader power user and looking for alternatives, LifeHacker.com run a poll with over 7,000 posts were 64% voted for Feedly as the best Google Reader alternative.
One of the biggest things Google Reader users have brought up is that Feedly doesn’t have an API to sync with third party clients like Google Reader does. However Feedly has been already working on a Feedly clone of the Google Reader API which will soon address this feature on demand.
In the meantime, Feedly already has its own clients for almost most devices which you can download in the links below:
Migrating your feeds from Google Reader to Feedly is super easy, all you have to do is login to Feedly using your Google account. Feedly will automatically sync your Google Reader account with Feedlly. For more information about transitioning from Google Reader to Feedly, here are some great tips Feedly has put together to address some of the differences in design between the two platforms.