The announcement from Google that the RSS Reader came back in March this year with the company blaming a decline in the number of users of the service for them taking the decision to axe the popular service.
At the time of the announcement of the end of the RSS reader Google said that they acknowledged that the service had a “loyal following” but this did not stop them from finishing the service while directing users how to export their feeds for use elsewhere.
The void that is being left by Google RSS Reader is now being quickly filled by other internet companies keen to take a slice of the action with those looking for new services being dubbed as “Google Reader orphans”.
The Google reader is one of the most popular forms of Rss feed available on the internet. These really Simple Syndication feeds allow people to see easily if there are new updates on their favourite websites and saves them time with alerts for new posts rather than users having to visit individual sites to check if there is new information available.
A blog post from Alan Green, a Google Software engineer said: “Usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.
“We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.”
Many have stated that cancelling the Google RSS reader is a mistake for the company as there is no real alternative available for users who want to continue with a similar service.
PC Magazine said the decision was a “grave mistake by Google and it sends the wrong message.”
However others have seen that the RSS feed is becoming a thing of the past with many people now using social media to see the latest updates from their favourite sites as Twitter and Facebook show updates from websites and newspapers.
Internet companies have been working to fill the space in the market left by the Google RSS feed with Digg, the social recommendation site, saying that it had been working on its own version for some time but had increased efforts when Google announced the ceasing of their own feed.
Andrew McLaughlin from Digg wrote: “As daily (hourly) users of Google reader, we’re convinced that it’s a product worth saving.”
It is yet to be seen if either Facebook or Twitter will introduce their own version to replace the Google RSS reader.