Google has a long history of introducing, then forgetting about, and finally officially killing off its products. Most recently, that included Google Spaces, a service that most of us never knew existed to begin with. Let's take a tour of some of our favourite services Google's killed off over the years.
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Whether you're feeling nostalgic for the bygone era of Google Reader, or you legitimately need to read through your RSS feeds, Zombie Reader is a tool that lets you do just that. Zombie Reader works with the previously mentioned Reader is Dead, and gives you a chance to read the archives you downloaded before.
We've shown you how to get your Google Reader data now that the service is dead, but it doesn't give you all the data you may want. If you really want to sweep up all that information, Reader is Dead is a tool that helps you do just that.
Google is closing Google Reader's doors on July 1, which means you'll need to find a new way to get your news fix. Here are the services you should check out, and how to export all your feeds and put them into a new reader.
Feedly is one of our favourite RSS readers, but it was limited to a browser extension until now. Today, Feedly is launching Feedly Cloud, the completely standalone web version of Feedly.
Good news: RSS-tracking service Feedly has begun migrating users onto its own servers — a necessary move since we're less from a fortnight away from Google Reader switching off entirely. Bad news: when you migrate, you'll find your unread articles count reset, and the service may misplace your saved articles as well.
Feedly has been very popular with Lifehacker readers as a replacement for Google Reader, which has less than a month to live now. To get around that problem, Feedly is developing its own API for when Google kills Reader off for good. If you're a fan of alternate readers such as Reeder, Press or gReader, you'll now also be able to access the Feedly API.
Chrome: Feedly is one of the best alternatives to Google Reader, but it doesn't really have the same look and feel as Google Reader. Feedly Reader is a Chrome extension that makes Feedly look just a bit more like Google's version.
Mac/iPad: Our favourite RSS news reader, Reeder, is currently free for the iPad and Mac. The developer also promises support is on the way for RSS alternatives to Google Reader.
Chrome: Google Reader is one of the best ways to organise and track RSS news, but it's never been the prettiest way to read. The Grid Preview extension for Chrome makes browsing through those blogs a little nicer with an image-focused grid layout.