Google Reader Data Will Be Permanently Deleted on July 15th

You'd have to be in serious denial not to know that Google Reader is officially dead as of this morning. But there has been a certain ambiguity about how long your data would be available after the rapture. No longer. July 15th is the end.

In a post overnight, Google was totally clear about the final doomsday:

You can download a copy of your Google Reader data via Google Takeout until 12PM PST July 15, 2013

That's it! Final! Download your data right now!

How does this work?

  • When you head over to Google Takeout, you'll have to instruct Google to prepare your data into a package.
  • When its ready (it shouldn't take long), you'll get an email.
  • You'll notice that the file you download from Google Takeout is a .zip archive with many files inside. The "OPML" file containing all of your subscription data is the one called (duh) "subscriptions.xml".
  • Import that file into the reader of your choice and you'll be all set.

Do you need a recommendation? Try one of these. [Google]