Google Is Dropping Google Reader July 1

By Todd R. Weiss  |  Posted 2013-03-14 Print this article Print

Upon hearing the news, one ardent Google Reader user, Dan Lewis of New York City, who describes himself on his Website as a lawyer and director of new media for a nonprofit organization, started a petition March 13 on's Website opposing the move. By 11 a.m. ET March 14, more than 50,000 people had signed the document. By 1 p.m., more than 60,000 signatures were tallied. Contacted by email, Lewis declined to discuss the matter.

In his petition, Google: Keep Google Reader Running, Lewis wrote that the service is a core part of his Internet use.

"Our confidence in Google's other products—Gmail, YouTube, and yes, even Plus—requires that we trust you in respecting how and why we use your other products," Lewis wrote in the petition. "This isn't just about our data in Reader. This is about us using your product because we love it, because it makes our lives better, and because we trust you not to nuke it."

Charlotte Hill, communications manager for, said in a statement that Lewis' petition was the most popular Google Reader petition on's Website March 14, making up 24 percent of the site's total traffic. "At any given moment, approximately 1,500 people were viewing the petition simultaneously," she wrote.

Several other petitions asking Google to maintain Google Reader were also created on, including "Google Inc: Please do not shut down Google Reader,"  "Google: Please Don't Kill Reader!" and "Google: Do not remove Google Reader on July 1, 2013."

The planned obsolescence of Google Reader even quickly spawned a comical protest Website, which includes an animated image of a woman with disdain on her face, along with a caption: "Dear Google, You should bring back Google Reader."

There has been lots of discussion on the topic on Twitter, as well.

Tim O'Reilly, of O'Reilly Media, suggested that Google pass Reader over to the open-source community where it can be continued and maintained. "My thoughts on petition to keep Google Reader alive. They should 'recycle' the service to someone who wants it," he wrote.

Other replacements are out there for getting the news and blog feeds that are provided by Google Reader, but they may not satisfy users who love the simple and easy-to-use format of Reader.

Options include Feedly, NewsBlur, Pulse and The Old Reader.

Now, the question is, will Google respond to the petitioners and change its planned action to end Google Reader? Only Google knows what will happen next.


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