Google Reader to Shut Down July 1
In the evolving world of the Internet, strides and innovations are made rapidly and adapted instantaneously. However, for these advancements to be made, developers need to be able to keep their attention on the newest technology. Google attempts to do this annually by eliminating services in its line-up that it deems to be outdated.
This was the case when an official announcement declared that one of Google’s longstanding services, Google Reader, will be eliminated from the Internet company’s repertoire. As announced in March, it will be deactivated by Google on July 1 despite having formerly been a staple of its product catalog. As if the company was already predicting an outrage, it broke the news softly in an apologetic press release.
The business cites evidence of a dwindling user base in its decision to shut down the application. Furthermore, the company is already undergoing its coordinated yearly effort to trim down its product line in hopes of re-shifting and intensifying its focus on essential offerings.
The formal announcement incited an immediate uproar. There have been reports of widespread protests being vocalized by a sizable group of users dedicated to the software. These loyal individuals are grievously disappointed and attempting to rescue Google Reader from obsolescence.
A series of last-ditch efforts are being made by fans of the software including massive petitions. According to the LA Times, one of these petitions had accumulated more than 20,000 signatures within one week of the announcement. If these advocates are unable to revive the software in time, they will request an open source of the code to continue operating Reader without Google’s involvement.
The likelihood for the program’s survival is slim. The company seems steadfastly certain in its choice to remove Google Reader. The window of time between the announcement and the ceasing of operations was only instated as a courtesy to allow users time to transfer their data to another application.
Users may gripe, but they are not at risk of losing any core functionality within their web experience if they switch to one of the alternate services Google kindly offers links to, such as Feedly and Flipboard.
Google even has an application that can transfer and synchronize all the saved user data and preferences of anyone on Reader to one of these alternative programs. The service is known as Google Takeout and is an example of one of the more current offerings the company is implementing.
Unfortunately, users will still complain and initially refuse to adapt. But by clinging to an antiquating program and attempting to force a company to allocate unnecessary resources, diehard fans are literally demanding less progress. This is a proposition Google will most certainly refuse and eventually everyone will see it was for the best.
There was a time when Google Reader was the company’s future, but now it is the past. As a result, it is time for the aggravated loyal fans to let go and allow Google to pursue the future once again.
What alternative service will you use to replace Google Reader?