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Last week we asked you about the upcoming demise of Google Reader Google Reader Is Dead: What Do You Think About It? [MakeUseOf Poll] Google Reader Is Dead: What Do You Think About It? [MakeUseOf Poll] This week’s poll question is the obvious one considering the week’s biggest news: the end of Google Reader. Despite Google’s claim that Reader’s usage was declining, the uproar that followed the announcement seems to point... Read More , and what you think about it. Over 1,000 readers voted in this poll, and the results were the most unanimous I can remember seeing. Despite that, not everyone think it’s a bad decision. So how did you vote?

Out of 1,107 votes in total, this was the breakdown: 1.5% think it’s excellent news and didn’t like Reader anyway, 4.5% don’t care about Google Reader, 10% like the service but understand Google’s decision to close it, and a full 81% think it’s horrible news and a bad decision from Google. 3% of the voters don’t know what Google Reader is. At this point, they’re probably the lucky ones.

Full results and this week’s poll after the jump.

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This week’s poll question is: Is The Future Of Our Jobs Online?

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20 years ago, almost nothing was done online. Today, many of us don’t get up in the morning to go to the office, but move from the bed to the desk instead, doing all of or work online. 20 years ago, this was hard to imagine, but even today, most people still get up in the morning and go to work. This is true even for those who work in jobs that can be easily done online from home, and there’s something to be said about working in the same room with your colleagues, and not depending on emails and Skype calls. Where do you think the future lies? Will more and more jobs become online only?

What would be the effect of more jobs moving from offices to homes? What kinds of jobs will never change, no matter who good technology becomes? Discuss in the comments!

  1. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    March 27, 2013 at 3:19 pm

    I wish I can choose both option one and two. I believe more jobs will move online, but there are jobs that always need real people onsite. You can't possibly fix someone's hardware from the other side of the globe or assembling someone's IKEA furniture over the internet, can you?
    What I believe is that there would be more jobs using the internet as viable helper, but actual execution would have to be done manually.

  2. null
    March 26, 2013 at 1:41 pm

    There are always jobs that will require people on site. After all, many businesses in the tertiary sector - e.g., healthcare and hospitality - will always require direct, face-to-face interaction. Being a medical student in the healthcare sector, I feel that I can safely say that although we're able to email results and discuss cases with our colleagues half-way around the world, and even though technology is still evolving and we're relying more than ever on imaging and other tests, when it comes to diagnosing the patient, nothing beats a good history taking and physical examination with the patient.

    • Lisa Santika Onggrid
      March 27, 2013 at 3:23 pm

      Yeah. What will progress is how we use the internet as helper. To ease communication, to share data, to do research, but not actually doing the job.

  3. hotdoge3
    March 26, 2013 at 7:43 am

    Google Reader, 10% like the service but understand Google’s decision to close it ?
    Why ?

  4. marcel lemieux
    March 26, 2013 at 3:51 am

    The working market is changing very fast especially in production shop..cars etc..retirement is a real thing but one can still make online..example a photographer,an artist..there is no limit except the quality of service you can give and how good you learn the ways of the internet..for others choices will have to be made..it can well be alternatives medicines,massages or whatever..The internet has many possibilities.Many will nedd passion and patience and courage in the years to come.

  5. Glenda
    March 26, 2013 at 3:33 am

    I just wish I could find a way to earn money online legitimately and not be spammed over and over. When I've bought a program or software, then they send you to another page trying to upsell you to a *better* version and so on and so on. Most online work-at-home schemes are just that: schemes and scams. It makes me sick. I was so naive.

    I wish our local college would offer a class in how to make money online without getting scammed.

    • dragonmouth
      March 26, 2013 at 6:52 pm

      "I just wish I could find a way to earn money online legitimately and not be spammed over and over."

      Don't fall for any work-at-home ads. They are come-ons, bait-and-switch schemes or just plain scams. Those that aren't, pay you pennies for large amounts of work. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. The opportunities to make $100,000/month while sitting by the pool, sipping margaritas are few and far between.

      Go to your local library and look for books on working at home such as "The Work at Home Sourcebook" by Lynne Arden. There probably will be at least one book about working online. You can also look in a bookstore.

  6. Kory Arthur
    March 25, 2013 at 11:50 pm

    most office jobs that require someone to come in to sit in a cubical to do office work should move to the cloud. Other trade jobs like plumber, construction, obviously need to work onsite.

  7. Bro
    March 25, 2013 at 5:49 pm

    I can see some jobs being 100% online since people are starting to see the power and profitability in programming, graphic design, ect, but I still see human interaction jobs like doctors, lawyers, store managers, ect still being around. There's no way to get rid of those jobs, and not everyone has the patients to be a programmer, graphic designer, ect.

  8. gpvprasad
    March 25, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    So why did we build big software centers?

  9. Scott M
    March 25, 2013 at 10:23 am

    I'm not surprised at the final result of the poll on Google Reader.Very sorry to see its demise.

  10. Kirby
    March 25, 2013 at 2:57 am

    I think more and more jobs will certainly go online. Such as programming or software development or even software customer support. If more and more jobs are moved from offices to homes, the positive result would probably be easing traffic specially on rush hours. Maybe more people will also become lazy resulting to obesity.

    Regarding productivity, it would depend on the individual. Some people work better in offices with their interactions with fellow workers whilst some would be more productive working alone.

    Jobs that won't change no matter how good technology becomes are probably mostly (not all) blue collar jobs like construction workers, garbage collectors, police enforcers, fire fighters and the like. If technology improves, these men and women could definitely do their jobs more efficiently. However, their actual presence is still crucial. People in the tech industry are also included here such as those in manufacturing and computer / electronics technicians who fix our devices.

  11. Zhong J
    March 24, 2013 at 6:10 pm

    Things are becoming more digital, newspaper are more costly because of ad costs and companies are posting careers online due to convenience. However, having jobs online is more difficult to monitor and applicants will be swarming in due to being the ubiquitous of the internet. I still would think, people actively looking for jobs at their local neighborhood is a good idea.

  12. GreetingsADM
    March 24, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    I work in healthcare IT and just to manage the rising need for space in our office buildings, we have a lot of people that primarily work from home (including myself and my team). I think that companies will do this, get comfortable with it, and then never look back. Except for Yahoo, who has already looked back and they didn't like what they saw.

  13. Chris Marcoe
    March 24, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    There are some jobs that can, and already are, online. As someone learning IT, there are somethings that I can do online and things that really can't be done online. Its not like you can tell an end user to just pull out their PSU and try a new one just to see if that is the problem.

    And I think that goes for most hands-on jobs. Sure, as a plumber, you can tell a customer to flush the toilet again. But its not like you are gonna actually have them change out a pipe or something.

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