This morning I started my day with a sad news: Google is shutting down Google Reader on July 1st, 2013. The reason for this is that, I quote: “usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.”
The fact is that I have no experience in statistics, I have no idea how many people actually use Google Reader on their computers or on their phones. On my phone, I don’t have any reader fo that matter. What I do know is that Google Reader is a practical, stable product which I have been using for free since 2007. There is no reason to give up a practical and stable project, at least not from my point of view. But considering the fact that Google is a huge company which offers hundreds of services and products, they might actually have some really logical reasons for this. Maybe they are preparing a different feed reader for us, maybe this move is just like taking candy from a baby to convince him to do his homework. Maybe by doing this to us Google is trying to convince us to pay for this wonderful service we have been using for years. And you know what? I have noting against it. I would pay a monthly fee for this service, because I like having all my stuff in the same place and because Google Reader is perfectly integrated with other Google services that I use.
I don’t think that Google is going to shut the reader down, most probably it would rebrand it and give back to us for a fee, or it will integrate it into some other service. But, I guess we’ll just have to wait for the 1st of July 2013 when their possibly “evil plot” will be revealed. :)