Moments ago, I opened my Google Reader to an ominous warning: “Google Reader will not be available after July 1 2013”. Yes, that’s right: Google Reader is an awesome tool in my opinion, but ultimately one that failed to be successful enough to justify further development and support. To be fair, the service has been on the edge of the chopping block for a while, and deep down, I always knew that it was only a matter of time before something like this happens.
Now, the time has come to find an alternative to Google Reader. For those who just read the news, this is easy: there are plenty of services out there, and Taptu or Feedly can easily serve as news reader. For mobile devices, try Google Currents, it’s really good. For those who are using Google Reader as a working tool, this is going to be a little more difficult. The keyboard shortcuts and the ability to quickly flag/retrieve items will be missed dearly. What would you use to replace it as a working tool?