Google Reader Over and Out
Here’s the announcement on the official Google Reader blog.
I called it in my post last month: RSS Sync Apocalypse Preview.
And I’ve written about Google Reader in Google Reader and Mac/iOS RSS readers that sync in late 2011.
I think this is a good thing for RSS and RSS readers in general — but it’s sure going to hurt RSS reader customers unless people come up with a sync solution quickly.
My preference: somebody would write a sync service — and charge a monthly subscription — and allow any RSS reader to use it.
Other things I’ve written about RSS syncing:
- Idea for alternative RSS syncing system
- Why “Just Store the App Data on Dropbox” won’t work for RSS readers
- How about IMAP for RSS syncing?
- On the benefits of thin-server RSS syncing
Part of my reason for talking about this so often over the years was to encourage people to build a new sync system. Now you don’t need my encouragement. :) But if I can advise in any way, get in touch with me.