Declining usage drives Google to spring clean

WEB giant Google will shut down Google Reader on July 1.

NEWS junkies were saddened by Google's announcement last week that it is phasing out its Google Reader service.

The RSS feed, which has been running for seven years, will shut down on July 1 because of "declining usage", the web giant announced on Thursday.

"We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go," a statement on the official Google blog said.

Reader's retirement is part of a "spring cleaning", which also includes the closure of the Google Voice app for Blackberry, Google Cloud Connect, Google Building Maker and Search API for Shopping.

While the popularity of Twitter and Facebook's news feed have impacted RSS use in recent years, many apps still use Google Reader as the structure for their news feeds.

Reader users can export their data and subscriptions using Google Takeout.


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