Google Reader and RSS
Well, finally, someone is telling the truth about Google Reader and RSS! I’ve said this from the beginning [my link to my previous post about this issue] and nobody else wrote the truth about it that I could find. Thanks, Marco, for nailing it on the head! Everyone else seems to be spouting the Google PR BS.
RSS represents the antithesis of this new world: it’s completely open, decentralized, and owned by nobody, just like the web itself. It allows anyone, large or small, to build something new and disrupt anyone else they’d like because nobody has to fly six salespeople out first to work out a partnership with anyone else’s salespeople.
That world formed the web’s foundations — without that world to build on, Google, Facebook, and Twitter couldn’t exist. But they’ve now grown so large that everything from that web-native world is now a threat to them, and they want to shut it down. “Sunset” it. “Clean it up.” “Retire” it. Get it out of the way so they can get even bigger and build even bigger proprietary barriers to anyone trying to claim their territory.
Well, [expletive deleted but appreciated!] them, and [expletive deleted but appreciated!] that.
Google says “don’t be evil.” Riiiiiiiight!
- Google Reader Is Dead, Long Live RSS (creativecloseup.com)
- Lockdown (marco.org)
- Saying Goodbye To Google Reader, My Own Little Corner Of The Internet (gizmodo.com.au)
- Google Reader Is Dead: 10 Alternatives That Will Ease Your RSS Pain (gizmodo.com.au)