On Wednesday, Google announced via their Google Reader and Official Google Blogs that their RSS feed platform, Google Reader, will soon be sent to the internet junk pile. The actual retirement date will be July 1st, giving users three months to take their feed reading business elsewhere.
According to the blog post at http://googlereader.blogspot.com/, the RSS feed reader is falling victim to reduced usage, and the need to enhance user experience by focusing on fewer products.
The closure of Google Reader is part of a larger spring cleaning initiative that includes several lesser known and lesser used products in their portfolio, but the RSS platform was by far the most popular of all the tools being discontinued. For those who want to keep their subscription data and other user data like posts they have starred, you can use the Google Takeout service to get a copy of the information on your account.