Where Did Google Reader’s Users Go? Check Your Phone

Sarah Kessler, eSchool News, Mar 15, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

So why is Google killing Reader? Here's some relevant data: "In 2011, Google Reader accounted for 16% of Mediafed RSS feed readership on March 14. On the same date last year, it accounted for 13%. And by this Thursday, the day that Google announced that it would withdraw its support, for the reader, that percentage had dwindled to 8%." But this does not mean, says MediaFeed's Ashley Harrison, that RSS is dead. It has just gone mobile. "As Google Reader traffic for Mediafed's partner RSS feeds has declined, mobile traffic on the same RSS feeds has increased 32% to 40% in the last year."

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