As you all know, Google is killing Google Reader on July 1st. I’m sure plenty of you have shed some tears in the past week. For Google Reader power users, this sucks – plain and simple. And despite the loud cries of its supporters, don’t expect Google to cave. Reader is going bye-bye.
But if you thought that it was going to be a clean death, like a guillotine on July 1st – think again. Google Reader is probably going to be slowly poisoned with arsenic.
Gmail users are noticing (and complaining on Twitter) that their link to Reader in Google’s omnipresent black bar has gone missing. If you’re in Gmail, and you click on the “more” tab up top, “Reader” is nowhere to be found.
Google Reader no longer shows up in my “More” tab on Gmail homepage. #bastards
— Jennifer Bostic (@prplst) March 20, 2013
I can’t get to Reader from Gmail anymore, guys. I’m scared. Someone hold me.
— Sarah Kogod (@SarahKogod) March 20, 2013
It’s also gone from the black bar inside Google+.
“Reader” still exists as a link when you’re on the Google homepage, or within maps, play, youtube, news, drive, calendar, and so on. But it’s clear that Google is slowly but surely wiping the web of Google Reader. And if getting to your Reader feed by Gmail was you’re preferred route, you’re going to have to find a detour.