Petition to save Google Reader hits 100,000 signatures
London: The campaign to save Google Reader is gaining momentum, with 100,000 people signing the online petition in a bid to stop Google withdrawing the service.
Earlier this week, Google announced it was to withdraw its Google Reader service due to declining interest in the RSS content aggregator, reports the Telegraph.
The Keep Google Reader Running petition on Change.org generated more than 400,000 page views since Wednesday. At least eight related petitions have been started on the site since Wednesday, several of which also have thousands of signatures.
Charlotte Hill, a spokesperson for the website, said people were clearly shocked and dismayed about Google's decision, and they came to Change.org to make their voices heard.
Google made the announcement in its company blog, stating two reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company they are pouring all energy into fewer products.
The Reader application was launched in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favourite websites. The service will be retired on July 1.
Google said users and developers interested in alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with "Google Takeout" service over the course of the next four months.
Google says that anyone not wanting to lose the data they have saved with Google Reader can download it using Google and store it in XML file.
There are several free alternative RSS services that people could use including Feedly, Friendfeed, Netvibes and RSS Owl.