By now, you probably already know that Google Reader has crossed over into the digital netherworld, joining many of its ill-fated Mountain View kin that were doomed to never exit beta.
The sun has finally set on Google Reader. Now please come by and get your stuff.
When these sad departures occur, the ritual of going through the deceased's basement begins, and in the case of Google Reader, it turns out that the place was full of lots of digital detritus belonging to you and me, and hundreds of thousands (if not millions — we never really found out how popular Google Reader was in definite terms) of users.
In order to continue the grieving process and move on, therefore, Google has set a deadline for us to stop by and pick up all our old stuff from Reader. In a brief blog post that went up shortly after Reader finally went dark at the end of Monday, the Reader team pointed to a page full of RSS reader alternatives, and asked users to download a copy of their favourite feeds and other Google Reader data via Google Takeout before it gets permanently deleted from Google servers on 15 July.
So that's it, the final sunset for a product that's sure to be sorely missed. Unless, of course, you're one of the people like me who switched to Feedly a month ago and realised that you were actually missing out on better things by sticking with a big-name product like Google Reader that had grown stagnant.
But one should not speak ill of the dead. So just please stop by and pick up your stuff sometime in the next two weeks.