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    Feedly adds 500k new users on Google decision to kill Reader | Internet & Media - CNET News (click for full article)

    by Steven Musil - March 17, 2013

    Summary: New users flock to the RSS reader app in the two days after Google announced it would retire its own RSS service.

    -- "Feedly is reaping the benefits of Google's decision to ax Reader.

    The RSS app picked up more than 500,000 new users in the two days after the Web giant announced last week that it would retire its RSS app, the company said in a recent blog post. Google's decision to sunset the service on July 1 disappointed many on the Internet, leading to the creation of a handful of online petitions at Change.org that begged Google to reconsider.

    "We have been working on a project called Normandy, which is a Feedly clone of the Google Reader API - running on Google App Engine," the company wrote in its blog. "When Google Reader shuts down, Feedly will seamlessly transition to the Normandy back end. So if you are a Google Reader user and using Feedly, you are covered: the transition will be seamless."
     
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    Focusing On The Google Reader Shutdown | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Taylor Buley - March 17, 2013


    Last week Google announced the shutdown of Google Reader as part of its company wide bid to "focus" on "fewer products."


    "We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go," wrote the company in a blog post. comScore estimates that as many as 665,000 different people used the mobile app in recent months, according to the Financial Times. The product appears to have been well-loved among users, with a monthly active user base estimated to be around one million according to a competitor.


    Given the relatively small impact a Google Reader sunsetting could have on the company's billion dollar operating expenses, a highly visible shutdown like that of Google Reader seems to be at least in part to send a message (among the vocal blog readers seem to be the bloggers themselves). The message is that Google is not just focusing on fewer products, but focusing on the things that most people are going to use. And if that's the new standard by which things will be measured by Google, expect more changes to come as Google's executive leadership continued to change.
     
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    Geeze, is a company too big when 500,000 users is something to willfully discard?

    What were the GTV numbers again...

    Carl
     
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    There Is No Google Reader Replacement, Only Alternatives | TechCrunch (click for full article)

    by Sarah Perez - June 24, 2013

    "Google Reader is slowing down. Over the past few days, buttons have broken, marking feeds as read seemed to take a bit longer than usual, and the Android mobile website on some devices shifted over to the desktop view with no way to change things back. As users up until the bitter end, we can no longer complain about these events because Google doesn't care - it's shutting down Google Reader on July 1 and we all have to leave.


    It's the digital equivalent of bringing up the house lights when the rock concert is over. You don't have to go home, folks, but you can't stay here.


    No one cares about RSS feeds, except for maybe 50 million of the Internet's most voracious news readers*. Journalists, bloggers, programmers, technically savvy IT workers, researchers, students, startup founders, and anyone else who has grown accustomed to a simple product that lets you - not algorithms or tweets - be in control of which news sources to track and which stories to read.


    In the wake of the impending shutdown, a number of alternatives have sprung up to offer a "replacement" for Google Reader. Though some come close, none have completely nailed the experience yet.


    *50 million: Digg's estimate of those who care about RSS.


    The Only Real Contenders So Far: Feedly & Digg"
     

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