As part of its spring cleaning, a way for Google to better “focus” on what’s important, the company on Wednesday said it’s shutting down Google Reader on July 1—retire, is the word the company used.
Launched in 2005, the RSS aggregator has been an easy way for people to keep track and organize dozens of news feeds. I use it everyday so I know what the heck is going on in this crazy industry, but Google says usage has declined significantly enough to shutter the service entirely.
Google has largely put Reader on the back burner, with the last update coming to add Google+ integration and pulling Reader’s native sharing support. Google said users can export their RSS subscriptions with Google Takeout until the service is finally shut down.