Google Announces Upcoming Changes to Google Reader

Do you love Google Reader? If you don’t, you should. Google’s RSS Reader — which has been available to Google users since 2005 — is the easiest way to read all the blogs you could ever want to read, all in a glance. With Google Reader, you can scan the headlines to choose only the stories important to you, rather than clicking through dozens of bookmarks to see if a blog has been updated. For those who consume news, it’s even easier to see when a breaking new story has been published as soon as it goes live.

Now, Google wants to integrate Google Reader with Google+. The idea is to add Reader’s social features to Google+, so Google will be “retiring” the ability to friend, follow, or share links inside of Reader. Before Google+, and the other social network failures, Google Reader was a small social network in and of itself. Others could follow your feeds and vice versa, and you could share specific news items to your followers. Now, users of Google Reader will only be able to +1 an article instead, which will be shared on Google+. Not only is Google “retiring” features of Reader, it’s closing down the network users of Google Reader have grown to appreciate and forcing them to use the other social network.

Google admits these changes may make Reader a “product [that] is no longer for you.” As a result, Google promises that all your data still belongs to you, and you can export not only your subscriptions, but also shared items, friends, likes, and starred items. Of course, not everything about Google Reader is changing for the worst — it will feature a new design (similar to other Google products) and will still include the ability to Send To almost any service.

What do you think about the upcoming changes to Google Reader? Will you stick with Google’s RSS service or switch to another? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Joop Kiefte

    Actually, I guess this will mean I’ll finally use Reader more actively…

  • Joop Kiefte

    Actually, I guess this will mean I’ll finally use Reader more actively…

  • http://twitter.com/tony1grendel Antonio Elizondo

    Best idea ever

  • http://twitter.com/tony1grendel Antonio Elizondo

    Best idea ever

  • Woland783

    I was waiting for this integration since g+ appeared! Finally i can share what i like to people that follow me instead of opening the original post, copy the url and paste it on g+!

  • Woland783

    I was waiting for this integration since g+ appeared! Finally i can share what i like to people that follow me instead of opening the original post, copy the url and paste it on g+!

  • http://running.chantal13.com Chantal

    As long as it still works with Reeder, I am happy.

  • http://running.chantal13.com Chantal

    As long as it still works with Reeder, I am happy.

  • http://twitter.com/MikkaWorks MikkaWorks Organics

    Great with the new integration of Google Reader into #google+ it will be blocked here in China as #Google+ is.

  • http://twitter.com/GideonSassoon Gideon Sassoon

    I have concerns for applications like feedly which reteive feeds from reader, I liked that because it was synced and other applications imported data from the same source. Really I hope that is something that is kept.

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  • http://twitter.com/GideonSassoon Gideon Sassoon

    I have concerns for applications like feedly which reteive feeds from reader, I liked that because it was synced and other applications imported data from the same source. Really I hope that is something that is kept.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll still be using it, great tool.

  • Anonymous

    I’ll still be using it, great tool.

  • http://twitter.com/lhamil64 Lee

    As long as I can still get all my feeds in one long list that I can just scroll down and skim the titles, then I’ll still use Google Reader. I never use the social features of it anyway.

  • http://twitter.com/lhamil64 Lee

    As long as I can still get all my feeds in one long list that I can just scroll down and skim the titles, then I’ll still use Google Reader. I never use the social features of it anyway.