This is a question that needs to be answered, the sooner the better. I’ve been using Google Reader since forever. I have almost 200 blog and rss subscriptions there and the service has been great for synchronizing between devices and clients. Marking items read and tagging the important ones with stars has been my daily task since the beginning of the service back in 2005.
Google posted an announcement on the Official Google Blog and on the Google Reader Blog which basically says that they’re going to shut down the service on July 1st, 2013. You can grab your stuff with you with Google Takeout, just make sure you do it before the end of June.
There has been some almost furious people on the web, tens of thousands of signatures in petitions to keep the service up and running. So far, no word from Google.
So I will be able backup my subscriptions and whatnot, but what am I going to do with it? I’ve been looking all over the cyberspace for alternatives, with no luck so far. This could be an opportunity of some sort for somebody to provide a similar “3rd party” solution to store this stuff and deal with the synchronization between clients and devices. The power of Google Reader lies within its open interfaces. I’d hate to put all my eggs in the same basket and go with some proprietary solution of one client.