Originally called Rich Site Summary, RSS readers essentially aggregate news from websites and put them in an easy-to-read format, such as a list or feed on a single website, where they can be read and shared. The idea is RSS services bring news to one site instead of the more time consuming practice of visiting separate sites.
The news of Google Reader’s retirement sent internet users into a frenzy last week. Within a day of the March 13th announcement more than 100,000 people had signed a petition launched on Change.org to keep the site running.
Google offered two simple reasons for
the decision: “Usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we are
pouring all of our energy into fewer products.”