Google is Shutting Down Google Reader and 8 other Services

It’s easy to make Google services part of your everyday life. But apart from  Google Search and Gmail, don’t get too attached to any of them. Because when Google thinks it is not making enough money out of something, they just simply shut it down.

The same is going to happen with Google’s popular RSS reader, Google Reader.

The search giant just announced its Spring cleanup on its official blog. Among a few of other services, Google Reader is set to die on July 1. Senior Vice President of Google’s Technical Infrastructure writes that the usage of Google Reader, first launched way back in 2005, has declined over the time which has led Google make its ultimate decision to shut the service down.

Google Reader used to be the number 1 popular service for keeping up with website or blog’s RSS feeds. Now, there has been ongoing debates whether RSS syndication is dead because of the rise of social media sharing. The shutdown of Google Reader could have just sparked it one more time.

Other services that are being shut down this Spring include ,GUI Builder and five UiApp widgets for AppsScript, CalDAV API for non-whitelisted developers, Google Building Maker, Google Cloud Connect, Google Voice App For Blackberry, Search API for Shopping and Snapseed Desktop for Macintosh and Windows.

Among all these services, Google Reader is the one that was most popular. Are you frustrated at Google’s decision? Does the reality alert you that Google shuts down services without even conducting a public survey? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.


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