I was saddened to learn that Google Reader will no longer be available after July 1st of this year. Over the past couple years, Google Reader has been the cornerstone of my online engagement. When I started using Google Reader, I subscribed to blogs and articles that interested me personally, that did not necessarily pertain to my teaching or networking. However, when I started grad school a year and a half ago I slowly built my RSS feed into a collection of voices from around the ESL field. Before I embraced Twitter, I relied solely on Google Reader to provide for me a steady stream of information and insight. Even after I became a Twitter addict, I start my social media engagement every day by checking my RSS feed on Google Reader.
I hope that the powers that be decided to revamp Google Reader and roll out something new to take its place because I feel like the rug has been pulled out from under my feet.
Here’s a pretty good article about the shut down from The Huffington Post.
Let the search for a Google Reader replacement begin!