Google Reader; A welcome and a look back

The Reader team was saddened to hear that Bloglines will be shutting its doors on October 1. Bloglines was a pioneer in the feed reading space, and for Web 2.0 in general.

We know that nothing will be quite like Bloglines in the hearts of its users, but if you’re looking for another online feed reader, we encourage you to give Reader a shot. All you need is a Google account (you already have one if you use Gmail) — and here’s a video to help you get started. It’s also very easy to bring your Bloglines subscriptions over, you just have to export them from Bloglines and import them into Reader.

Since Reader’s fifth anniversary is also approaching (though it feels like yesterday, Reader was launched on October 7, 2005), we thought it might be a good time to reflect on how Reader has grown over the past few years. While we were busy redesigning (twice!), making friends with Buzz and iGoogle, translating, breaking up, gossiping and playing, more and more people picked up the Reader habit. Here’s a graph of Reader users over time (where “user” is defined as someone who has used Reader at least once a week):

I may be ‘old school’, but for me Google Reader is THE KILLER INTERNET APP. If I only used one tool for news it would be Google Reader because it allows me to manage absolutely everything and I do mean EVERYTHING! Frankly I’m happy to see that some ‘smart’ people are sounding the death knell for rss and Google Reader — that way, it remains my competitive advantage. If you’re interested in learning why I’m so passionate about Google Reader and learning how it can become a competitve advantage for you, comment, call or use the contact form to connect so we can talk about how this applies to your business…

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