Goodbye to Google Reader

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?

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