A petition on Change.org to save Google Reader, the RSS platform that Google plans to cancel, has reached more than 100,000 signatures.
When asked if the company planned to respond to the petition and what the company’s next step would be, a Google spokesperson told us:
We’ve given an overview of our reasoning and plans on our blog posts on the Official Google Blog and the Google Reader blog, and we’ll be communicating directly with our users as we make these changes. We don’t have anything more to share than what was in the posts.
Google recently announced that it would shutter Google Reader this coming July, along with 70 other features or services that would also be closed as part of a spring cleaning project that the company has been working on since 2011.
“There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products,” explained Google in the official Google Reader blog. “We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.”
Dan Lewis, the New York resident who created the petition, cited Google’s removal of its “share and comment features” as a factor in Google Reader’s decline. “But it’s still a core part of my Internet use,” he wrote. “And of the many, many others who are signed below.”
Although Lewis declined to comment on the petition’s progress, the document has been electronically signed by 103,798 supporters as of the time of this post.