Google did what to reader? That was the mild and profanity free version of my reaction when I found out what the internet gods had done did! My life as it were just changed, for the second time, more on that in a few.
Google reader was so much more than just a RSS reader or news aggregator, it was all of that and everything in between. Google’s ability to setup feeds based on Google search terms, Google news articles, YouTube content and more made it my default source for the internet. And it didn’t hurt that it had the ability to organize these feeds into categories that made sense.
Google reader essentially changed the way I consumed news and content on the internet. I went from a daily 20 or so site visits to 3. The 3 sites I visited were the sites I managed, everything else was funneled into Google Reader.
But this isn’t the first time Google had me on red alert, they recently killed off exchange support for “non paying” users aka Windows Phone, this meant no push email for my 5 Gmail accounts I rely on everyday.
like the Gmail justification, Google’s reason for taking reader out to pasture makes sense, according to them, there are not enough people using the service to justify the resources. Fine, but wow!
I am unsure what my relationship with Google will be going forward, I really do enjoy their services, but this can’t keep happening. As a Microsoft guy, I enjoy the benefit of legacy, Microsoft will support anything no matter how irrelevant it is for as long as one user uses it. Not the case with a forward pushing company like Google.