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Facebook Reportedly Working on Google Reader Replacement

by Jacob Kleinman | June 14, 2013June 14, 2013 1:45 pm PDT

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The clock is ticking for Google Reader, which is scheduled shut down on July 1, and although there are already a number of solid RSS feed replacements available, with another from Digg incoming, it looks like Facebook may be throwing its hat in the ring as well, according to a report from TechCrunch.

References to RSS feeds were recently noticed by developer Tom Waddington while he was rooting around in Facebook’s application programming interface (API). He initially assumed the code was a reference to Facebook’s Newsfeed, but when he tried to run the new code through the social network’s Graph API Explorer the results were whitelisted with restricted access, suggesting Facebook may indeed be working on its own Google Reader replacement. TechCrunch reached out to Facebook, which offered no comment.

This isn’t the first time Facebook has experimented with RSS feeds. The company once offered the option to “Subscribe via RSS” to Pages on the site, though this terminology was eventually replaced with the “Follow” feature. A Google Reader replacement would could help the social network bring in new users looking for an RSS feed replacement on July 1, so we’ll see what happens as the Google Reader death date approaches.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...