So, the Google people decided to retire the reader application. This is, for me, one of the saddest piece of news of the year. It also make me distrust web applications once again, reminding myself that the Web 2.0 revolution is over, and we should go back to our desktops and laptops.
Google Reader was the first application that I actually used exclusively on the web. Not even GMail; for a long time I had KMail download my mail from gmail. It was the reason why it made sense to have something like that on the web instead of my desktop; The news I followed, it made sense to keep the progress of my reading somewhere, in a single place, on the web.
Google Reader is the one application I recommended to pretty much everyone. It was fast, smart, easy to use. Reader really was the best news aggregator out there. I always kept two tabs open in my browser. The first was the mail, the second was the reader.
Now I’m looking for alternatives. I’m looking for a desktop app that can save my news reading progress on the web. But I want it to be a desktop app: if it’s cross platform, in Windows and Linux, it’s perfect. I heard some good things about Feedly, unfortunately, probably due to the announcement of Google and the suggestion of cnet to use it as a replacement, their server just fell under the extra load. Do you have any other suggestions?
And on why the reader is retired, my guess is that it has to do with the harassment that Google is put through from the news outlets. I wonder how fast will their viewership fall after this move. Let’s wait and see.
Still, sad news. For me, it’s the day web 2.0 died.