Google Reader being retired in July, despite millions of passionate users

RSS ReaderToday, Google announced that Google Reader was to be retired on July 1, 2013.  For me this is a difficult piece of news to receive, because I read the news using Google Reader, and I am constantly using that application to keep abreast of news.  Google Reader, coupled with Google Alerts, has been an excellent way to keep up with things.  With the combination, I've programmed a long list of news/blog searches into Alerts, and subscribed to those searches in Reader.

But, given that the Reader service is going away it's time to begin searching for an alternative.

I don't have an alternative identified yet but here's what I am looking for:-

  • Subscribing to news/blog searches with excellent ability to pull from a wide variety of sources
  • Subscribing to individual sources by RSS/Atom feed
  • Topical structure of subscriptions
  • Archiving individual news items, with tags
  • Retrieving archived items, by tag
  • Adding news/blog items to the archive separately .. e.g. from a browser plugin

What do you think?  Do you have an alternative?  Do you have a feature suggestion?  Let us know below.

Source: Google Official Blog

Update: Here are some resources for Reader alternatives

Google Reader Alternatives -