Now Google Kills Google Reader
Oops, they did it again. Amongst other projects Google has just announced it is closing down it’s popular online newsreader Google Reader.
To most of us this news is a shocker, and not surprisingly it has been met with a lot of negative buzz on the web.
Here is what Google had to say:
We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites. While the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined. So, on July 1, 2013, we will retire Google Reader. Users and developers interested in RSS alternatives can export their data, including their subscriptions, with Google Takeout over the course of the next four months. Source
Declining over the years? Give me a break. It’s more like social networks such as Google Plus are gaining prominence.
This is just more smoke and mirrors from Google my friends. It’s sleight of hand, bait and switch. Bring in the new and phase out the old.
It’s about Google pushing it’s social agenda down our throats at the expense of bloggers.
The fact is Google Reader is an extremely popular newsreader and is indispensable for bloggers and web apps like Feedly that rely on it. That Google can be so cavalier about telling us (nonchalantly at the bottom of a list) speaks volumes to me.
Yeah right, as if it is no big deal. Nice try Google.
To tell you the truth I am totally miffed reading this. I suspect this is Google’s way of sounding the death knell for blog newsfeeds. All those years of painstaking work nurturing a following down the drain.
Well good luck with that Google. How dare you. So I’m thinking…
- This is Google’s strategy to kill off RSS for blogs and push it’s social agenda on us.
- Does it seriously think we will just pack in our blogs and run to get a Google Plus account (if we don’t already have one)?
- Does Google really expect us to get all of our information from Social Networks?
- What will be next on the chopping block. Blogger perhaps?
- (Maybe not, so long as Google keeps making advertising dollars from all the splogs. Nudge, nudge, wink, wink.)
I suppose it was only inevitable following Feedburner’s demise. But this is definitely an attack on RSS for blogs (and blogs in general) given Google’s social agenda. Mind you I didn’t say Google will be successful, but it is an attack nonetheless.
Still don’t believe me? Then read what I previously wrote three years ago ‘Google Declares War on the Blogs‘.
(Update: Today even Hitler agrees with what I wrote last night.)
Well you know what I say to that. Fooey on Google. It ain’t gonna happen. Nope. Who needs it.
Even if I have to hand-code my RSS from scratch and distribute it myself just like the old days.
RSS and Blogs are here to stay.
It just goes from bad to worse. Power corrupts and absolute power corrupts absolutely. The sooner I can divorce myself from the Google god the better off I will be.
2nd Update: The New York Times chimes in.