Google closes the book on Reader, announces July 1 sunset | Internet & Media – CNET News

This is very irritating. They ran competing services out of business, became ubiquitous and closed up shop. Google used to put relevance and usefulness ahead of the bottom line. Google has been increasingly been becoming less of a useful product especially after it’s release of Google+. It’s just a matter of time before they officially change their motto from “Don’t be evil.” to “Be Facebook.” There is no question that Facebook is evil. Social networking though, is more of a recreation than it is actually useful. It’s email with bells and whistles set in a rear window.  Google’s making this their top priority (because they can’t just let a monopoly happen somewhere on the internet that’s not themselves). Google was at one point the glue that people used to reliably find what they need on the internet. It’s still one of the best at this, but it has allowed advertisers, industry and government both pervert the quality of those searches and invade user privacy. They are eroding the anonymity of the internet when they should be investing in it. I’ll still use google products (as if they’re avoidable) but I really trust them less and less over the years and will try to begin to wean myself off of the google nips.

I will be using feedly as a replacement to reader. I also use Reeder which claims it will also survive the shutdown. Other useful options can be found here. A petition can be found here.

The day long feared by fans of Google Reader has come: the service will shut down, the company said.

“We launched Google Reader in 2005 in an effort to make it easy for people to discover and keep tabs on their favorite websites,” the company said. “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.”

via Google closes the book on Reader, announces July 1 sunset | Internet & Media – CNET News.

 

P.S. Chrome will begin to remove ad blockers. Google sucks.

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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Alex Jones
    Mar 14, 2013 @ 15:24:18

    I have noticed how many large internet corporates are starting to throw up “walls” around their services, thus the internet is becoming fragmented and less interconnected than it used to be. Sign of the times. The internet is growing up.

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