Death of RSS feeds?

For those of you who aren't aware, Google Reader will be discontinued on 1 July 2013.

But what does that mean for us?

Well, if you use Google Reader, you will have to find an alternative. Google claims that its user-base is not large enough and that its usage has declined. This decline could be attributed to the increased use of social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. But can these sites offer the same function – news feeds and feeds of your favourite links? I suppose they can, but only to an extent. With Google Reader you could read all your feeds in one place and you didn't have to sift through meaningless statuses and information before you found what you wanted.

And Reader is not the only product to be discontinued. For a list of other Google services that will be discontinued this year, visit PC World to find out more.

Does this mean RSS feed use is dead? Not exactly…

There are alternatives to Google Reader – cloud-based and desktop based, according to Lifehacker Australia. They list NetVibes, NewsBlur, Feedly, The Old Reader, Pulse and yes, even Twitter as cloud-based alternatives. They list FeedDemon as a desktop-based solution.

As sad and weird as it is to say goodbye to a long-standing Google service that we have come to be very familiar with, the only thing left to do is export our feed lists and move on.