Google is to shut down its Reader service in July, as usage has declined. A petition to save the service, which aggregates news content from web feeds, had 25,000 signatures in a few hours.
Experts say shutting Reader is part of Google’s plan to migrate more people to its social media service, Google+.
Google said in its official blog: “There are two simple reasons for this – usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we are pouring all of our energy into fewer products.” It added users and developers who wanted to use alternatives could export their data, including their subscriptions over the next four months, using its Google Takeout service.
Google Reader launched in 2005, when Really Simple Syndication (RSS) feeds were a new way to keep tabs on favourite websites and blogs.