As someone who get involved in RSS feeds back in 2002 at Netscape.com, where we used them for personalization for news feeds, and who has been a staunch RSS/XML output user since that back in the day, I am both shocked and furious that Google decided to shut down Google Reader on July 1, 2013. Dudes, I would have paid money for the thing!
I’ve got more than 1,000 feeds in my reader, and like many infogeeks, I use the reader to index and search on topics in a way that Google Alerts doesn’t offer.
It feels like Facebook ruined their search, and now Google is killing a tool that is one of my favs in their suite.
Lesson: None of it is truly free, and if you want to protect your experience, maybe you’re better off paying up front.
Reading: Google Reader Shutdown a Sobering Reminder That ‘Our’ Technology Isn’t Ours - Forbes http://onforb.es/ZNunde
Google was doing a public service for the news and blogger community by keeping Reader going. Understandably, the Reader shutdown was received not just as the end of an era but almost as an attack on those who count on it for traffic and attention. Over at Techcrunch, Sarah Perez had this reaction: “Don’t be evil? If that’s the unofficial Google motto, then the company has failed to deliver today. Among the products Google just announced it plans to sunset (read: kill off), beloved feed-reading service Google Reader is now on the chopping block.
Google’s announcement today that it is destroying Google Reader, the most popular RSS syndication tool was a massive blow to the blogging community – and to most of those speaking out tonight via social media, an entirely unnecessary attack on an important corner of the public Internet by a company with more than $50 billion in revenue and a newly-won reputation as a tech giant on the move.