Google announced that they will be shutting down the Google Reader web app on July 1, 2013 to the dismay of many users. So many users in fact that over 112,000 have signed a petition begging Google to keep it running.
Google’s official blog noted:
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months.