Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Screw the new Pope. Google Reader is dying.

 

So Google has had a problem in that it overplayed its capital when trying to push through too much work.  Too many hands were working on too many projects and that’s just not efficient. 

Let’s get rid of some useless crap.

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Oh.

Now, let me say again that it is time to get rid of USELESS crap.  Google Reader is used by the media, teachers, students, professors, news hounds, and everyone that likes information organized in a logical, proficient manner.  It was the grand winner in the RSS market sweepstakes!  People love it!  Hell, Mashable stated that it was a huge part of the tech blog’s news gathering structure.  So why take it down?

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.

In layman’s terms that means that Google Reader doesn’t poke, IM, retweet, tag in pictures, use snazzy templates for iPhone cameras, Skype, or show tits for only six seconds, and therefore it must go.  See, Reader is for those that are over the age of 21 and therefore it is irrelevant because those people are not Digital Natives, they are old-school dinosaurs.  Reading and processing information?  Psshhaaa!  That is so passé.  Everything you need is available in 140 characters or less on Twitter!  Who needs dialogue or insight or detail! 

But I digress.  I’m sure the reaction isn’t going to be that bad right?  I mean, who really uses Google Reader?

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  Ok so maybe the reaction is a little visceral.  I mean, we never really got that reaction when iGoogle went away.  But mistakes happen.  And I’m fairly sure that Audrey Watters has a Guy Fawkes mask hidden under her bed that she brings out to oppose all those big bad tech companies, right?  So she’s an exception. 

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So there goes the exception argument because Vicki Davis is the level-headed sage of the pedagogy community, and she wrote more capital letters in that post than I’ve seen in the years that I’ve followed her.  Nice job of Google successfully insulting all modes of intelligent thinkers.

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Ahhhh, right below that Pope dude.  Looks like the simple message by Google has definitely hit home with news junkies.

One would hope that Google will notice that a lot is wrong with ending Google Reader.  But one notices that Google has become Apple has become Microsoft, and that big tech is going to do what big tech does; assume that it is right all the time and that people will sheep there way along.  Open source is an opportunity and the potential for something to kick in over the next few months (July 1 is doomsday) is probably pretty high.  In the meantime this should be a message to all those schools that are so focused on Google Apps, and to those crazy teachers that want to become “Google Certified.”   In the end they are there for themselves and the profit.  Want to effect positive change in education, help out open source projects and prepare yourself for the inevitability of being ignored by the Googles of the world.  

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