A few minutes ago, Google announced that they're killing their RSS feed-aggregation service, Google Reader, on July 1st.
There are two simple reasons for this: 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.
Google Reader is now trending in the United States on Twitter and as Mike Whybark points out, "Fuck you Google" is exploding. Also, a Change.org petition has been started. This is a huge deal for media people (which explains the Twitter outrage) and media-obsessed people. I use Google Reader multiple times a day to scour different blogs for trending topics. I expect a million tech blogs to take this opportunity to publish some hyperbolic think-pieces about how RSS is dying, but the truth is that RSS feeds are still the best way to get comprehensive information from a site. Twitter isn't as organized or as information-dense as an RSS feed; if anything, Twitter, for me, is a replacement for Google News. RSS is still the best way to seriously absorb a broad array of information all at once, and a good RSS reader is, as Google used to advertise Reader, "an inbox for the web."
So. Anyone got any good RSS reader suggestions? I'm investigating The Old Reader and NewsBlur, but both of those sites seem to be having server issues right now due to increased interest, and I'd like to be aware of all my options.