Google is killing Google Reader, and I got the news via Robert Scoble’s Facebook wall. The second spring of cleaning that Google’s official blog spoke about today mentioned the end of various products, but none were as upsetting for “readers” than the future death of Google Reader
Yet, as Google trims for the future, and states themselves that it has “been a long time since we have has this rate of change- it probably hasn’t happened since the birth of personal computing 40 years ago”, one can’t help but think, the future is here.
Scoble stated one one my main concerns and sadness around the killing of the reader that more and more we depend in news via social networks. Even the quora response to why the reader was being killed has people admit that in the long run Google needs to trim up some of their underdog products.
So what will the future reader be using? Well quora users mention Feedly for seamless migration from Reader while those who has used flipboard with their reader spoke of using twitter feeds more after the Reader kill.
Yet, what does this mean for future if information and media? This goes back to my views that curation and social networks are becoming more and more the tools of the future. I think the future is now and being sentimental wont be an option on the Internet. If anything we need to work hard to build things that don’t squeeze out organic discovery and the open web. Clearly the signs point to a fat social world of information and a trimmed and depleting open web, unless we find means for the two to get along better.
What are your sentiments?
Update: I was given this link to an awesome site for those who want to move on from Google Reader to some place else now: Here is a link to “Old Reader” by the folks at Unteleported, a team based in Ukraine.
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