Today, I’m Thankful I Never Used Google Reader

Posted by on March 13, 2013 at 5:52 pm
This is how I was greeted the first time I ever opened Google Reader

This is how I was greeted the first time I ever opened Google Reader

Google Reader fans, I feel your pain. A little. When Twitter announced they were shutting down TweetDeck for Android, I was just a little sad. Google announced today that, as you can see, the program would be vanquished from the Earth on July 1, 2013, as part of their seasonal product cleansing. Built to handle RSS, Reader let you pull in streams of content from across the internet, be it articles, podcasts, or whatever, and have it in exactly one location. I’m just guessing though, I never used it.

In retrospect, it almost seems barbaric that while Reader fans were slurping their internet through a single RSS-powered cup, I was manually visiting all these different web sites and scraping the content with my eyes or relying on TweetDeck or my social networks to keep me abreast of the latest and greatest reads. I’m not sure why I never fell in love with RSS, maybe I just never got it. Maybe I was never introduced to something like that would intuitively bundle those feeds like Reader. It’s a shame that for one reason or another, our ability to condense the internet’s content is shrunken, to be handled serendipitously by our Twitter friends or through a Facebook algorithm.

So, yes, Google Reader fans, understand that we’re all in the same boat now.

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