Google Reader is Shutting Down - Top Questions Answered

by on April 02, 2013

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Since Google announced that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, 2013; people are google-readerlooking 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. 

Why is Google Killing Google Reader?

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+. 

Read Quote of Brian Shih’s answer to Google Reader Shut Down (March 2013): Why is Google killing Google Reader? on Quora

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.

What’s the Best Google Reader Alternative?

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. 

best-google-reader-alternative-poll-by-lifehacker

What does Google Reader do that Feedly doesn’t do?

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:

How to transition from Google Reader to Feedly

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. 

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