Can it be? Is Google Reader going away?

According to Google’s official blog:

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.

Can you hear the groan of the blog collective? Anyone have recommendations on where to go to maintain contact with the blogs I love and track via RSS? I follow hundreds of blogs using Google Reader and will be lost without another tool.

I’d love to know if there is an alternative that is stable and free.  I’ve been reading up on this since I heard the news and I haven’t heard yet of another RSS reader app.

I’ve wanted to migrate my blog to wordpress and have been hesitant because of the google follow tool and all of you who find me via your reader losing track of my little slice of the internet. But if the reader goes, is that still a factor?

Tech savvy people of the world… chime in!  Will you be my hero?

About the Author Corinne

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  1. Well since you posted that awesome squirrel picture, I’ll chime in to help:). I own a web-based RSS feed reader called Feed Fiend that I built because I didn’t like Google Reader. Feed Fiend is dead simple to use, and it has a one-click subscribe tool to easily add new feeds. It is also completely free.

    Unlike many other RSS readers, Feed Fiend does not use Google Reader to fetch its feeds, so it will be around long after Google Reader goes down. I plan to have a Google Reader import tool available within the next week or so to let you import your hundreds of feeds you have in Google Reader. You can check it out at http://feedfiend.com.

    Thanks Corinne,
    Aaron Wright, FeedFiend.com

    1. That’s amazing, Aaron. I love squirrels!

      Please make sure you let me know when you have that import tool online, I follow loads and loads of blogs (1000+) according to the reader, and it would really make a huge difference for me and others to know how that would work and look.

  2. I use Clipix.com It is a bit like Pinterest. I clip the blogs into a board, and visit from there. It is cumbersome, so will look out the links above. :)

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