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Google Reader retired, outraged users start petition

Posted By Kristen Butler, UPI.com   |   March 14, 2013 at 11:30 AM   |   Comments

March 14 (UPI) -- On Wednesday evening Google announced on its blog that it would retire its RSS news feed aggregator.

"There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience."

Google wants to migrate its aggregation platforms to its social media service and help shift users to Google+ and other social tools.

Although it's true the Reader app is old and has been somewhat neglected by Google, its remaining users are exactly the people who don't want their news delivered exclusively socially by feeds like Twitter. They also don't care for the sleek, image-heavy magazine-style RSS readers offered by other developers.

Reader users have expressed outrage online. They may be a minority type of news consumer, but an online petition asking Google to reconsider received over 50,000 signatures by Thursday morning.

Tech and media bloggers seem split, with some telling the rest to step into 2013. But as Jim Alley at Bloomberg Businessweek notes, "reminding your most loyal users that, in fact, you’re not the only game in town — oh, and it’s quite possible to switch — doesn’t seem quite as savvy."

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