A lot of the technology that came out of the Web 2.0 movement focused on organizing information for users and helping them see what they wanted to see. A lot of internet users started relying on Google Reader to collect and display all of the updates from their favorite websites.
This technology was adopted by millions of people online. It made life easier; that’s what web 2.0 was all about. With Google Reader, people could follow user-created blogs and other sites as well with an easy to use interface that kept them in-the-know at all times.
Unfortunately, Google decided to axe the Google Reader program and the end of Google Reader is coming July 1st. The move was seen as an attempt to put more people onto Google+ and using that social media network as a means of sharing and remaining updated, among other reasons.
Still, many people on the web who had come to rely on Google Reader are incredibly upset. Fortunately, in the time since Google announced it would be shutting down Google Reader, other Web 2.0 giants like Facebook and Digg are launching their own Reader services. Even Feedly, AOL, Reeder, and Facebook are getting in on the action, as reported by Kevin Purdy on FastCompany.
Kevin has also written out a great list of steps you should take when transferring your reader feeds and settings from Google Reader to whatever reader platform you plan to use in the future. He has some good ideas when it comes to transferring your feeds over and avoiding the automatic transfer. He writes, “Do not recreate [your feed] by transferring everything over, immediately, to your new reader. That’s just moving the mess on your desk to the floor.”
Make sure you check out the rest of his article if you’re a Google Reader fan and are feeling the panic of how to deal without your cherished Google Reader. It’s safe to say that you won’t have to give up your beloved readers which were released during the heyday of the Web 2.0 movement.