Google Reader death brings online outcry

Mar 14, 2013 by Glenn Chapman

Outrage over Google's decision to pull the plug on Reader flooded the Internet on Thursday as lovers of the RSS service for tracking website updates lobbied to keep it alive.

A "Keep Reader Running" petition at change.org had racked up more than 70,000 signatures by midday.

"This is about us using your product because we love it, because it makes our lives better, and because we trust you not to nuke it," said the petition posted by Dan Lewis of New York.

The pending demise of Reader leapt to the top of Twitter's list of hot topics at the popular messaging service.

Ironically, it was Twitter that helped make Reader obsolete by letting people get rapid-fire updates from anyone in real-time on desktop or mobile devices instead of needing to check RSS feeds in Web .

"Like some of you, I was once a power user of Google Reader," Cnet.com writer Ben Parr said at the technology news website.

"But as Twitter started to gain steam, I started checking it less and less," he continued. "And then suddenly, I just stopped. I created a Twitter account to track tech news, and I never looked back."

Parr contended that outcry about Google's decision to terminate Reader on July 1 was coming from bloggers who rely heavily on the service.

"Hey you guys looking for a Google Reader alternative?" Twitter user Andy Boyle said in a tweeted message. "It's called Twitter and it works just fine."

While lets people tap into thoughts and perspectives of brilliant people around the world, insights from small news outlets or less well-known people must fight for attention, the Poynter Institute said.

A more serious concern was raised by people in the Middle East who noted that Reader is used in places such as Iran to sidestep by oppressive regimes.

Reader feeds are on Google servers, meaning that might have to block access to nearly all of the 's websites to stop people from accessing aggregated updates from online outlets.

Faded news-sharing website Digg announced that it will fill the void by building a reader tool updated for today's Internet lifestyles.

"We've heard people say that RSS is a thing of the past, and perhaps in its current incarnation it is, but as daily (hourly) users of Google Reader, we're convinced that it's a product worth saving," Digg said in a blog post.

"So we're going to give it our best shot."

Digg, a once high-flying social news site, relaunched last year under new ownership.

Created in 2004, it became a global sensation as an online venue for submitting news stories that climbed or sank in rankings based on votes, known as "diggs."

The new Digg uses Facebook shares, tweets and other data to determine where a story should sit on the homepage.

Explore further: China a likely factor in North Korea cyber prowess: experts

add to favorites email to friend print save as pdf

Related Stories

Google tosses Reader as house cleaning continues

Mar 14, 2013

Google said it was tossing its Reader service and seven other products under a house cleaning campaign that has closed 70 of the Internet giant's features in the past two years.

News.me ditched to focus on Digg

Oct 25, 2012

News.me applications for helping Twitter users stay in tune with happenings being tracked by friends faded into history on Thursday as their owner shifted resources to reviving social news site Digg.

Google News launches Twitter feed

Apr 28, 2009

Google News, the news aggregation site run by the Internet search giant announced the launch of the @googlenews Twitter feed in a post on the Google News blog on Monday.

Gmail disruption sets tech types atwitter

Dec 10, 2012

Gmail service was beset by disruptions on Monday, prompting users to flock to Twitter to express dismay and seek information about the Web-based email service run by Google.

Recommended for you

N. Korea suffers another Internet shutdown

7 hours ago

North Korea suffered an Internet shutdown for at least two hours on Saturday, Chinese state-media and cyber experts said, after Pyongyang blamed Washington for an online blackout earlier this week.

Streaming release of 'Interview' test for industry

Dec 25, 2014

Sony's "The Interview" has been a hacking target, a punchline and a political lightning rod. Now, with its release online at the same time it debuts in theaters, it has a new role: a test for a new kind of ...

User comments : 0

Please sign in to add a comment. Registration is free, and takes less than a minute. Read more

Click here to reset your password.
Sign in to get notified via email when new comments are made.