Google Reader has been read
First they came for Google Notebook, and I didn’t speak out because I used pen and paper.
Then they came for Google Health, and I didn’t speak out because I used a spreadsheet to track my health
Then they came for Google Wave, and I didn’t speak out because like others I wasn’t sure what it was for.
Then they came for Google Reader, and now I am not sure I know how to read the Internet.
Google Reader is a ritual for me. Men of yesteryear read the newspaper first thing in the morning; I had Google Reader. It effortlessly brought me news, satirical news, updates on my friend building a program to play bridge, and all the cat videos I could stand.
I know – all things are impermanent. And I have heard all the axioms before:
- The problem with being a user is that you are only a user.
- If the service is free then you are the product.
I also know that Google is a search company which provides data to advertisers, but it felt like this is one of a few products Google nailed. It was simple and elegant.
I feel you, Adolf.