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Adieu Google Reader :(

Come on Google!  What the heck?  >:-(

I was checking my NERCOMP (local conference) tweets a couple days ago and I saw some buzz around Google Reader.  I decided to not pay too much attention to it because of lack of energy due to a cold.  Yesterday I saw that Google Reader is shutting down.  Come on google, what the heck? Google Reader is Powering Down?

Google Reader has been an awesome service that I use daily!  Granted, since they borked the "share on google reader" feature I've only been checking via mobile, but I still use it!  I guess this is the opportunity I was looking for, a swift kick in the pants to download my subscription in XML, setup delicious sharing, and just share my interesting reads on Delicious.  I guess I also need to update my website...  Well Foo to you google :(

Here is the official announcement:

Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer
We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too. 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. To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.
Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

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