Last December I made a post
about rumors I'd heard through enotsola
that Google was going to shut down Reader. Well, today it's confirmed on Google's blog
and presumably you too, if you are a user, got the warning box when you went to the site. AUGH. WTF. "Over the years usage has declined," the blog post says. I wish they'd been more specific because I really want to know what their criteria are. (Does it amount to "fell below some arbitrary threshold for how much ad revenue it had to generate"?) I understand the concept of retiring services that are underused vs. the work put into them, but I just find it very hard to believe that Reader really falls into that category, at least to judge by the gnashing of teeth in comments on LifeHacker
. I'm also annoyed and perplexed by the shorter lead-time on this announcement than on iGoogle, which they started warning about more than a year in advance (July 2012 for November 2013). Is Reader really
the less-used and less-useful of those?
With the loss of these two features it makes me wonder, would I even need a Google account anymore. I barely use my Gmail account. Almost everything I do use it for could be easily migrated to one of my own hosted email addresses. I would not cry if I could not use G+. I use Google Drive for a few things and it is convenient, but I coped before with only being able to access a couple of spreadsheets and things from one computer, and I could cope again. I think the only Google thing I need that much, aside from Reader and iGoogle, is the fact that I am a member of one "native" Google Group (i.e. mailing list, not Usenet) and I don't think you can subscribe to one of those without a Google account. Aside from that, they will soon have almost run me off the ranch.
eta: see also:http://marketingland.com/12-google-reader-alternatives-36158http://ask.slashdot.org/story/13/03/14/0617246/whats-the-best-rss-reader-not-named-google-readerhttp://www.extremetech.com/computing/101011-6-google-reader-replacementshttp://blog.feedly.com/2013/03/14/google-reader/