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Classic REposts – RIP – Google Reader’s Demise

Originally Posted March 18, 2013

Vamp: You, too… Immortal? 
Raiden: No. I just don’t fear death.

When Google posted in October 2011 the removal of social features from Google Reader the writing as already on the wall. Google Reader is not immortal and did not fear death.

Last week Google posted in July 2013 they will be “powering down” (putting to death) Google Reader entirely. As a “user” of Google Reader practically daily this is a rather big deal. As a “customer” of Google Reader I guess it doesn’t matter as they offered a free service and who knows if they ever made a dime off me.

Would I pay to continue using Google Reader? Yup, being able to browse to ‘google.com/reader’ anywhere is awesome and have all the sites I frequent up to date is important to me

Would I pay for a service that does the same thing as Google Reader? Yup, being able to browse to ‘googlereaderreplacement.com’ anywhere is awesome and have all the sites I frequent up to date is important to me.

Who gives a crap about this anymore. Google blowing away a free service lots of people still use is not news anymore. The big news is what will be the googlereaderreplacement.com.

 Death Toll 


Honestly, I never found the true ‘googlereaderreplacement.com’. Much of this was also around changing jobs and not having the same amount of time to loaf online. Great memories of RDP’ing into a a home server to use AIM and Google Reader while fielding phone calls working in an actual office. What’s even more sad is all that remains of AOL Instant Messenger is this pathetic Tumblr blog.

It’s interesting because if you look online you can still see people lamenting the loss of Google Reader. google.com/reader is just a sad 404 now. RSS took a huge blow that day and I think so many people just adapted to a life without it.

Note: Death Toll still slams.

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