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Google Reader之死

Powering Down Google Reader
3/13/2013 04:06:00 PM

Posted by Alan Green, Software Engineer

We have just announced on the Official Google Blog that we will soon retire Google Reader (the actual date is July 1, 2013). We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.

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.

To ensure a smooth transition, we’re providing a three-month sunset period so you have sufficient time to find an alternative feed-reading solution. If you want to retain your Reader data, including subscriptions, you can do so through Google Takeout.

Thank you again for using Reader as your RSS platform.

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雖然早有傳聞,而且有了iGoogle的前科,一早已有了心理準備,但感覺仍然是,Google背叛了用戶。Google已經不再是以前的Google了。一間離棄用戶的公司,最終亦必將被用戶所離棄,實屬必然。

到底Google Reader的用家,可以何去何從?Google沒有給出答案,實際上亦沒有答案。試用過Blogline等幾款RSS Reader,感覺都不如Google Reader好用,至少沒有對應的流動版網頁或App。Google今次,真的給出了很大的難題。

話又說回來,Google Reader近期的穩定性不如以前,部分訂閱未能成功擷取,而且有時會服務中斷。有人認為是太多服務利用Google Reader API實現「同步」功能,而Google Reader本身根本不支持此項服務,令穩定性降低。

替代品:
Feedly (via Normandy,擁有Web及iOS/Android Apps,排版美觀,不過速度頗慢)
TheOldReader (網上服務,介面與Google Reader一模一樣,有Web/Mobile Web版本,不過要導入Google/Facebook聯絡人,未必人人願意)
NetVibes (網上服務)
NewsBlur (網上服務,介面與Google Reader一模一樣,免費用戶只可設置64個網站)
Bloglines (網上服務)
FeedDemon (軟件,官方宣布不再更新)
NetNewsWire (Mac/iPhone/iPad only)
Reeder (Mac/iOS only)
Pulp (Mac/iOS only)
Taptu (iOS only)
Pulse (iOS only)
Flipboard (iOS/Android only)
鮮果 (國內服務,部分訂閱被牆)
抓蝦 (國內服務,部分訂閱被牆)
ReadWise (國內服務,部分訂閱被牆)
有道閱讀  (國內服務,部分訂閱被牆)

目前來看,最好的替代品是feedly,feedly原來早已籌備Google Reader關閉時的過渡方案Normandy。問題是,可能太多人湧去feedly,feedly伺服器當機,完全上不了。其他好幾個RSS閱讀器都是如此。feedly大概沒有想像過,由Google Reader湧過去的人會這麼多吧。希望幾天後會好些。

P.S. 發誓不轉向Google+(不排除偶爾會上)。

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