Google Reader - RIP

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Google calls it spring cleaning, I call it bull-shit!


I still can not believe it, Google is sunsetting one of my favourite products - Google Reader! On any given day, top websites visited by any normal person are Gmail and Facebook (and Google.com as well, if you count home page views); however, the nerd in me spends a much larger chunk of my time on Google Reader every single day!

I used it to keep track of hundreds and hundreds of blogs - which I have been following for over 5 years, tech websites, newspapers, Google product blogs and what not! All gone, in a poof! Are you kidding me Google!

Seriously, tell me Google - Why should I spend time adding any data to any of your service, when one day you can simply shut it down, giving me 2 months to extract my personal data and move to another service! So many categorizations, starred posts, saved links - I guess I better start writing important stuff on my personal diary only! I have zero trust on your products now!

On top of that, Google Reader is also one of the top referrers to my personal blog - TheFurobiker.com! Which means, 90% of my total 5 readers will vanish the day Google Reader breathes its last!

Oh, and even before the pyre of Reader cooled down, Google launched another experimental product - Keep, which is nothing, but a copy of note keeping service - Evernote! Someone aptly mentioned on twitter - Never use a Google service, in which either Google is mining a ton of your data, or is bombarding you with gazillions of ads! Because they are gonna kill it sooner or later! You guys could have given us the option of paying for the service, if all your brilliant nerdy slaves were not able to fina a way to monetize the service!

Gone are the days of Don't be evil!

You are going to be the next Microsoft, Google! Mind my words!
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