Google Rolls Out the Guillotine for a New Round of Service and Feature Closures

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By Akemi Iwaya on March 14th, 2013

Yesterday Google announced a new round of ‘spring cleaning’ that will see more services and features closed throughout 2013. This latest round will bring the total number of features or services closed up to 70 since the ‘spring cleaning’ initiative began in 2011.

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While we have all had time to get used to Google’s continued push to streamline their services and features, it still hurts when a favorite gets added to the ‘closure list’. The most notable example in the latest batch is Google Reader. Unless you have been away from the internet the past twenty-four hours, it will have been difficult to miss the uproar over the announcement that Google Reader is going to be shut down.

You can see the full list of Google services and features that are lined up for closure along with the shut-down dates at the blog post linked below.

A second spring of cleaning [Official Google Blog]

If you are looking for an RSS replacement you can look through our list of recommendations here:

The Best Free RSS Readers for Keeping Up With Your Favorite Websites

Special Note: For those who are considering FeedDemon as a replacement there is bad news on that front as well. It will also be shutting down at the same time as Google Reader.

Akemi Iwaya is a devoted Mozilla Firefox user who enjoys working with multiple browsers and occasionally dabbling with Linux. She also loves reading fantasy and sci-fi stories as well as playing "old school" role-playing games. You can visit her on Twitter and .

  • Published 03/14/13
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