petition google to save google reader: please sign and share widely

A while back, I expressed my frustration with the current massive emphasis on mobile apps, and with organizations that use Facebook pages instead of web pages: the walled-off internet, or why facebook and mobile apps are good for them and bad for us.

For a more complete view of this sad fact, you might want to read this 2010 article from Wired: The Web Is Dead. Long Live the Internet by Chris Anderson and Michael Wolff. It's old in internet terms, but more relevant than ever:
If we’re moving away from the open Web, it’s at least in part because of the rising dominance of businesspeople more inclined to think in the all-or-nothing terms of traditional media than in the come-one-come-all collectivist utopianism of the Web. This is not just natural maturation but in many ways the result of a competing idea — one that rejects the Web’s ethic, technology, and business models. The control the Web took from the vertically integrated, top-down media world can, with a little rethinking of the nature and the use of the Internet, be taken back.
Now Google plans to take a huge step in this same wrong direction, with their plans to discontinue Reader. Whether or not you personally use Google Reader, its impending demise should bother you. Impudent Strumpet explains why.

Here is a petition to save Google Reader. Please sign and share.


Amy said...

As someone who uses both iGoogle and Google Reader, I am very disappointed that both are being discontinued. In fact, I used iGoogle to see the current feeds in Google Reader, which brought me to this post. I will sign the petition, FWIW.

I have already downloaded and synced by Google Reader feeds to another source, Feedly. I do not like its format as much as Google Reader (probably because it's new and I hate transitioning to new things at first), but it does collect all the feeds I follow in one place.

laura k said...

I think a lot of people used both iGoogle and Reader to organize their feeds. Feedly is where most people are going, since Google is suggesting it as an alternative.

Google has been known to change things based on feedback. OTOH, the decision to discontinue an entire service must have been debated extensively (should have been, anyway), so it seems like a big thing to go back on.

Amy said...

That's the reason for my fwiw.

laura k said...

Yup, I got that. Like you, I figure, it can't hurt to click.

laura k said...

I've received other alternatives from my friend AW1L. I was going to post this as its own post, but I think it's of too limited interest. (Maybe I still will...)

AW1L uses a BlackBerry app, so that's of no use to many.

Some options:


This Old Reader


Apparently the hashtag is #readerpocalypse (And yes Amy, I know your relationship to Twitter! :) )

laura k said...

PS: The Replace Reader link is a list of other feed readers.

And PPS: It's "The Old Reader" not "This".

laura k said...

And PPPS: I personally stopped using Google Reader and iGoogle a long time ago. I tried repeatedly, but every time, learned that feed readers don't work for me.

My own internet reading continues to be erratic, unmethodical, and disorganized - unlike most things in my life! - and I like it like that.

Every time I set up a feed service, I immediately felt like I was drowning in obligations that I could never keep up with. So I stopped trying! I keep some friends' blogs in my "following" list and the rest I actually go to individual websites.

James Redekop said...

I thought I'd commented on this, but it seems not...

I'm using Feedly right now, and it's working pretty well. I went to try out NewsBlur, but ended up at a page saying something like "Due to the volume of demand, free hosting is temporarily unavailable. But you can subscribe now for only $24/yr!" -- which kinda put me off.

laura k said...

Thanks, James. Apparently NewsBlur is struggling to expand to accommodate the rush of new subscribers from the Reader exodus. I guess it's not working very well yet!