Save Google Reader petition reached more than 125,000 signatures as people showed their support to retain the reader and stop Google from withdrawing the service while other Google Reader users joined Feedly, a news aggregator, which received an influx of more than 500,000 Google Reader users. The search engine giant will withdraw the service on July 1.
The Keep Google Reader Running petition on Change.org has garnered more than 400,000 page views since Google announced the shutting down of the service. Similar petitions, at least eight of them, have been started on the site since Wednesday and they have also received thousands of signatures for continuing the service from Google.
Stating the reason for retiring Google reader, the official blog of the company stated, “While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader.” The firm also stated that the users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can switch to Google Takeout.
The users can export their data including their subscription to Takeout over the time of next four months. Feedly is helping users’ transition from Google Reader as they increased their bandwidth by 10x, added new servers and launched a suggestion forum for new features.
Welcoming the migrated users, a statement at the official blog of Feedly read, “More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board.” With the Keep Google Reader Running petition page showing 24,325 signatures needed currently to save the service, will Google turnaround its decision if the limit is reached?