With news that Google Reader is shutting down many users have been scrambling to find replacement services and taking other courses of action to prepare. Many have looked to Feedly, a service that was powered by Google Reader but will soon be offering a seamless transition to a standalone service once Google puts the online RSS reader to rest July 1st. So many folks were looking to go that route that they brought Feedly’s servers to a crawl — it’s something they might want to get cleared up before the summer hits.
In the meantime, Google Reader is still open, and folks hold on to hope that Google will listen to outcries from the site’s passionate fans. A petition was started on Change.org urging Google to reconsider the move, and in less than 24 hours it’s already gotten over 67,000 signatures as of the time of this writing. The goal is 100,000, and at this pace it definitely looks like it can go above and beyond that.
That said, a big petition doesn’t guarantee Google will listen or act, or at least not in the way that we want. Still, it doesn’t hurt to try, and if there’s any big company that’s responsive to user outcry, support, and passion, we’d expect it to be Google. Put your name on the dotted line at Change.org and see if we can get El Goog to reconsider shuttering its doors on our beloved service.