Thursday, March 14, 2013

What Point the Interwebs Without My Google Reader?

Image via Socks on an Octopus*

Via NYT Bits: The End of Google Reader Sends Internet into an Uproar

Last night, I went to meet a group of friends for dinner in San Francisco after work. As I sat down at the table, two of my dining companions asked in unison, with eye-opening looks on their faces, “Did you hear the news?”

“Yes,” I replied as I shuffled my chair in and unfurled my napkin. “They picked a new pope, from Latin America.”

“No, not that,” they responded. “Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1.” The dinner then turned into a torrent of information about the chaos that had ensued online as a result.

My friends are not the only ones upset by Google’s decision to eliminate Google Reader, the company’s service for viewing blogs through an RSS feed.

People turned to Twitter to lambaste Google for its decision and ask other people for alternative feed readers. Blogs weighed in, noting that the company was making a mistake. A few Web sites that rely on Google Reader for their own products, including FeedDemon, seemed near tears over the decision. And the Hitler meme that usually circulates online during tough times, also appeared with a video about the closing.

Outraged Google Reader fans put together a petition on the Web site Change.org to keep the RSS reader alive, and in a few hours had garnered more than 50,000 signatures.

“It’s still a core part of my Internet use,” wrote Dan Lewis, an avid Google Reader fan, in the petition. “And of the many, many others who are signed below. Our confidence in Google’s other products — Gmail, YouTube, and yes, even Plus — requires that we trust you in respecting how and why we use your other products.”

*a website that if it weren't for this news, I would add to my Google Reader. :(

4 comments:

Sozo's Blog.com said...

I have no idea what I'm going to do without Google Reader. There is nothing that even compares. The ones that people have been recommending are junk and most of them use Google's API, so we're all just screwed.

I'm so disgusted with Google. They only reason they're doing this is because they want people to use Google+ instead.

Tamayn Irraniah said...

I tried to use Google reader, but so few of the sites aggregated correctly. I don't know if I just am doing something wrong or what, but I've never really gotten the hang of it. Seems like I never really will have to though. It surprises me that google hadn't integrated the functionality somewhere else in their program suite though. They're usually really good about that.

Writer said...

Same here, Sozo. Though I'm going to look into one of the alternatives mentioned in the article. :(

Writer said...

Tamayn, I'm hoping that the Google Reader functionality may become part of Google+ since the idea is to force Google Reader users over to it. If so, I'd use Google+ more; if not, meh.