Just like clockwork, Google Reader clocked out for the last time on July 1st, and prior to that fateful day, those of us who still used Google Reader to keep track of our RSS feeds were greeted by a pop up dialog box that reminded us of Google Reader’s last day of availability to the masses. There is one question though – what will happen to our data on Google Reader? Visitors to Google Reader are now greeted with an apology message, in addition to a warning that their data will be deleted permanently after 12PM PST on July 15th.
Just in case you have some precious data on Google Reader that cannot be replaced, you can just use Google Takeout to download a copy of your subscription info, in addition to the list of websites that you follow, apart from starred items and notes. Make sure you pull whatever information that you are able to before July 15th from Google Reader, as Google has explicitly stated that “all subscription data will be permanently, and irrevocably deleted. Google will not be able to recover any Google Reader subscription data for any user after July 15, 2013.” If you are still looking for a RSS reader, here are a couple of alternatives.