Reacting as though someone just insulted their grandmother, Google Reader advocates responded with indignation at news that the Internet search giant will sunset the service this summer.
Not so fast, say fans of Google Reader who are now clinging to the aging but still popular service.
In the last few hours, Google Reader has trended worldwide on Twitter, surpassing even the new pope as the hottest topic on social media.
One fan, the very prominent and well respected @dannysullivan, tweeted: “It’s not that I used Google Reader much. I just liked knowing it was there. It’s like my security blanket was just taken away.”
Since early this evening, online petitions have even been started, some of which have already amassed thousands of signatures, in hopes of forcing Google to reconsider its decision.
“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” Google said this afternoon. “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.”
Google is yet to formally respond to the blowback it has experienced since making the announcement.
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