Google Reader is one the few products I use every single day. There are a number of blogs and sites I enjoy staying up-to-date with, especially ones related to entrepreneurship and startups (my favorite blogs). Yesterday, like millions of other people, I read that Google is shutting the service down July 1st to focus on their core products.
Here are a few thoughts on Google Reader:
- As a product, it solves a real need in the market, but Google needs billion dollar opportunities, of which it is not
- RSS, the XML format used to share information, caught on in the enterprise but never transcended to consumers
- Twitter, as a way to share and find relevant content, fills the human desire to consume fresh information
- Services like Feedly and NewsBlur are available providing similar functionality
Google Reader is a valuable and useful tool that wasn’t able to meet its owner’s ambitions. RIP.
What else? What are some other thoughts on Google Reader?