updated 06:28 am EDT, Tue July 2, 2013
Users able to pull data via Google Takeout for next two weeks
Google has closed its RSS reading service, Google Reader, after eight years of operation. The shutdown, announced four months ago as part of a wider "spring cleaning effort," now forces users of the web app to sign up with another service, with some alternative RSS collection sites reporting large changes in traffic.
Existing users of Google Reader will be greeted by a static page with a note from the development team. Users will be able to download Google Reader subscription data via Google Takeout until 12PM PST on July 15th this year, with all remaining data deleted shortly afterward. The Reader team also offers a link to a list of other RSS reader options.
In terms of alternative services, both Feedly and Digg stated their intention to implement their own replacements of the Google Reader API, one that many RSS apps synchronized with. Feedly, with an operational API that is used by a number of other apps, had a sudden influx of 500,000 users within 48 hours of the original Google Reader shutdown news, with that number still continuing to increase. Digg is still working on its own reader post-launch, and though its API is currently non-existent, it is still proving popular, and announced that it is crawling 7.7 million feeds just five days after launch.