After years of coming to absolutely depend on google reader for content consumption, I learned today that I'll be cast adrift. This is infuriating, and a tremendous blow to my confidence in google and its products. I used to be a dyed in the wool google supporter, championing just about all their initiatives, from android to the web - even when they started stripping functionality out of google reader in a transparently hamfisted attempt to force people into google plus.
But all that's gone down the tubes. Google's reasoning seems manufactured to me, based on a capricious whim from a company I thought was one of "the good guys" and had my back. This is an amazing service. Why on earth would it be shut down? I use google reader across a half dozen of my computers and devices. Surely google could easily figure out a way to monetize it - the method of its content delivery would make it effortless to inject advertising between panes.
I don't know what has brought this about, but I can guarantee that if this betrayal goes through, I'll be starting the process of divorcing my online experience from all google products. No more gmail, I'll be recommending my employer (for whom I am their IT director) start migrating away from google applications that we've been adopting over the last few years (because it would be a huge inconvenience to have to scramble for a replacement should google capriciously decide to pull their plugs), and maybe I won't be the tireless android proselytizer I've been up to now - since google is seeming to become just as tone deaf and jackbooted as Apple.
It's sad really... feels like the end of an era.
What's next? Blogger/blogspot getting shut down?