Do you remember how just yesterday I was talking about Google Reader? Well, right after I published that post, I went to Google Reader and saw a popup message that informed me that Google Reader will “retire” on July 1, 2013. Retire? Like with a pension and gold watch and a fancy sheet cake from Sam’s? Did it actually retire or was it let go due to sequestration? I don’t know. But I do know that this news did not make me happy.
Upon further investigation, I found the official Google Reader blog and found this:
“We know Reader has a devoted following who will be very sad to see it go. We’re sad too.”
I wonder if they’re really sad or if they’re just saying that to make me feel better.
I keep up with all of the blogs I read through Google Reader. I mean “keep up” in the very loosest meaning of the phrase. My Google Reader is rarely empty because I subscribe to way too many blogs and then don’t read most of them. I have the same handful of blogs that I’ve been reading for years and every now and then a new favorite joins the mix, but I rarely have time to read all of the posts I collect.
I’ve read some articles that say blogging is “out of vogue” now and maybe that’s why Google Reader is folding. On their “official” blog, here is the reason they gave for letting Google Reader go (presumably with a nice severance package):
When I am sad, I reach out to friends. I tried CPQ first. My messages are in blue.
Ignore her second remark. We are always carrying on at least two conversations simultaneously. And besides it’s okay to exercise as long as you don’t talk about it. Am I right?
Anyway, I quickly realized Sus wasn’t going to commiserate with me. She saw this news as an opportunity to spring clean.