So, we had a few very exciting, interesting and busy couple of days at AlternativeTo this week. If you’re not already familiar with our website, the whole purpose of it is to help people find good alternatives to applications and web services they for some reason want to (or have to) replace.
We are very happy to have a good number of people coming to the site every day looking for alternatives and we have also seen some fantastic links and mentions during the years from all kinds of websites, blogs, podcasts and other types of media. But nothing that has happened to our site in the past can compare to what happened a few days ago.
When Google announced that they were going to shut down their very popular service Google Reader on July 1 we naturally started working hard making sure that the list of Google Reader alternatives were relevant and that all information was up to date. We don’t decide the ranking of the alternatives ourselves, our users do this through voting, and I think the list of alternatives we had ready on July 1 was a pretty good summary of what people in general thought.
Obviously some people at Google agreed, because when it was time to shut down Google Reader for good, they published a short message on the site and linked to AlternativeTo.
Google Reader has been discontinued. We want to thank all our loyal fans. We understand you may not agree with this decision, but we hope you’ll come to love these alternatives as much as you loved Reader.
Wow, we didn’t see that one coming. But then we sure saw people coming to the site. Many of them! That is probably one of the best possible links you can get to a site like ours. Thank you to the whole Google Reader team for trusting AlternativeTo with your former users. I hope we’ve managed to point a lot of them to new great services.
I went with Feedbin if you’re interested, but there are so many great alternatives to explore. Check them out if you still haven’t moved to a new service. You still have until until 12PM PST July 15, 2013 to export your Google Reader subscriptions and other data via Google Takeout.
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Update: I was asked on Twitter to share some numbers and what I can tell you to give you a better understanding of the graph is that AlternativeTo had about 217.000 visitors on that first day (which is 9 hours off since we’re based in Sweden).