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The biggest technology news to break recently was undoubtedly the shutting down of Google Reader RIP Google Reader: Google's RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates] RIP Google Reader: Google's RSS Reader Will Shut Down On July 1st [Updates] Google Reader, Google's popular RSS application, will be shut down on July 1 of this year. The company has revealed the news in a blog post that spells the end for another batch of Google... Read More , with the search and advertising giant deciding it was no longer interested in providing an RSS application to the masses. The outcry from RSS enthusiasts was deafening, to the point that some of us wondered whether Google hadn’t actually declared war on a country rather than having culled another one of its myriad of free services.

Thankfully there are plenty of alternatives to Google Reader Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader's End Is Nigh: Prepare With These Alternative RSS Readers Google Reader is dead. By July the Internet's premier RSS service is shutting down forever, leaving users to find a replacement on their own. If you're looking for an equivalent to Google these are just... Read More , so no one needs to go without their RSS feeds come July. Kannon has since tried to prepare us for future Google culls Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself? Reader Is Dead: What Technology Could Google Kill Next & How Can You Protect Yourself? First they came for Buzz and no one cared. Then they came for Notebook. Now they've come for Reader. What technology will Google take away from you next? This article explains several Google technologies that... Read More , suggesting which services Google may kill off in the future and providing alternatives for them all well ahead of time.

No one likes to see something they use regularly pulled from availability. However, there must be an online service, Web app, tech company, social network, operating system, or piece of hardware you’d happily see carted off to the mortuary. It’s this subject that forms the basis for this week’s We Ask You.

This Week’s Question…

We want to know, What Should Have Been Culled Instead Of Google Reader? It turns out that a great many of the MakeUseOf readership were loyal users of Google Reader, and its death is therefore a source of frustration. This is your chance to blow off some of that pent-up frustration with a little snark. It’s healthy once in a while.

After last week’s epic and serious discussion on how the Internet should be governed Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You] Does the Internet Need Rules & Regulations? [We Ask You] I previously wrote an article detailing 5 of the commandments that govern the Internet. These are more like adages than laws; more a form of etiquette than hard rules. Still, it set my mind to... Read More in the future, it’s time for a more lighthearted topic. We don’t normally condone negativity here on MakeUseOf, but just this once we want you to be as negative as you can.

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We want you to name one thing related to technology that you’d like to see culled. It could be a hardware manufacturer or one of the products they make, an online service you hate but use begrudgingly, an operating system that has proved to be more trouble than its worth, or even one specific part of a website, such as the Facebook Timeline Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion] Why Facebook Is Right To Force Timeline On Everybody [Opinion] If you haven't yet switched your Facebook profile over to the new Timeline then the chances are Facebook is getting rather insistent that you do. And it's no wonder. It's been 8 months since Timeline... Read More .

We cannot promise that the thing you choose will blink out of existence once you submit your comment, but stranger things have happened. We may even find a consensus among the readership, in which case that product, service, or company will have to surely concede its time is limited.

As usual we prefer comments that comprise of more than just a word or two, so please also give your reasons for making your choice.

Drawing Conclusions

All comments will be digested to form conclusions in a follow-up post next week where we will detail what You Told Us. One reader will be chosen for the coveted Comment Of The Week, getting their name up in lights, and the respect of other readers. What more motivation than that do you need to respond?

We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. The questions asked are usually open-ended and likely to necessitate a discussion. Some are opinion-based, while others see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps to fellow MakeUseOf Readers. This column is nothing without you, as MakeUseOf is nothing without you.

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  1. Richard Borkovec
    April 1, 2013 at 10:13 pm

    I can see Video being cut, as they have YouTube. And eventually I can see Keep just turning into a feature rolled into Drive. They're already tied together, so why make them separate apps?

  2. dragonmouth
    March 29, 2013 at 8:40 pm

    The new Composer is not GOING to be annoying, it IS annoying. In fact, it sucks. So it's faster. Whoop dee fing doo! It saves an entire tenth of a second, if that much. It's simpler. Yeah, it's dumbed down to the level of a three year old! The pop up can be maximized but it can't be moved out of the way.

    Who did Google use for customer research? Its own employees? It certainly wasn't their users. Google is quickly joining Microsoft as an Evil Empire. They are getting just as dictatorial - "We know best what you want!" Well Google, considering GMail is the only service of yours that I use, I want a new email provider.

  3. 11DeadlySins
    March 29, 2013 at 7:07 am

    I vote to eliminate Google's "Compose" I just came here from my Gmail, where it appears Compose is forcing itself on the user (me).

    • dragonmouth
      March 29, 2013 at 12:13 pm

      "it appears Compose is forcing itself on the user (me)."

      How so? What else would you use to create (compose) your emails?

      • Dave Parrack
        March 29, 2013 at 7:31 pm

        I think the commenter means the new 'compose' method -- http://www.latimes.com/business/technology/la-fi-tn-google-gmail-popup-compose-furious-20130329,0,1977307.story

        I can't say it's bothered me too much but each to their own :)

        • dragonmouth
          March 29, 2013 at 8:18 pm

          My apologies to 11DeadlySins. I just saw the new Compose for the first time ever. If it pops up every time I log on to GMail, it is going to be very annoying.

        • 11DeadlySins
          March 29, 2013 at 9:15 pm

          Apology accepted. For what it's worth, have added my voice to several negative Tweets re: Compose to Google. Voting with my fingers and am well on way to setting up a new email client.

  4. Jessica
    March 29, 2013 at 1:20 am

    I'm worried that Feedburner is next.

  5. Suzannah
    March 28, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    Google Keep. Axe it.

    Note to Google:

    The date you launch a product to be used on a daily basis and designed to house carefully collected information crucial to your workflow ...

    ....should probably not be the SAME DATE you axe a product used by so many on a daily basis and designed to house carefully collected information crucial to their workflow.

    You miiiiiiiggght just run into a little bit of trust issues on your new product. Axing Google Reader while launching Google Keep just advertised "Hey, folks, stay with Evernote, because when it comes to daily workflow, we just can't be trusted."

    Just sayin'.

    • Jackson Chung
      April 3, 2013 at 9:39 am

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  6. Adrian
    March 28, 2013 at 4:24 pm

    Google the company. After all the fuzz with their privacy issues, I've been thinking for a while about waiving Google goodbye. But killing Reader was the point. I'm in the proces of de-Googling my life and exploring alternatives as we speak. Life has never been so exciting !

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:29 pm

      Wow, that's quite a decision to make. Interested to hear what you're using instead...

      • Adrian
        March 31, 2013 at 5:33 pm

        Yes it was, but as time proceded as well as Google's number of privacy incidents and items in the news, it was quiet easy at that point even being a (former) die hard Google fan (we're talkin a buyer of Google merchandise: t-shirts, mugs, mousepads, caps, what have you's).

        For replacing Reader, at this moment I find relief in Netvibes, as it gives a similar vibe, just the sharing function is a bit weird.

        Mail and Calendar are probably replaced by Outlook at some stage, I'm phasin it out for sure. Blogger will be replaced by WordPress, but I'm afraid I won't be able to get rid of YouTube and Picasa.

  7. MakeUseOf TechGuy
    March 28, 2013 at 3:58 pm

    Should've got rid of Gmail web client. What kind of buffoon uses webmail anymore?

    • dragonmouth
      March 28, 2013 at 9:40 pm

      "What kind of buffoon uses webmail anymore?"

      What DO most of the with-it buffoons use nowadays?

      • MakeUseOf TechGuy
        March 29, 2013 at 7:28 am

        The kind that understands a joke?

        • dragonmouth
          March 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

          You haven't answered the question. What do they use instead of webmail? Smoke signals?

        • Lisa Santika Onggrid
          April 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

          That was...a joke.

        • Dave Parrack
          March 29, 2013 at 7:27 pm

          Wait, that was a joke? ;)

    • lhamil64
      March 29, 2013 at 2:10 am

      I think most people use webmail now, other than when you need the power of Outlook (which is mostly used for work purposes).

      Personally I've been using Outlook just because it came with Office and integrates pretty well with my school email (which is through an exchange server) but it can be pretty annoying that it takes so long to check email. I've recently been going right to gmail's webmail if I need to send a quick email.

      • Lisa Santika Onggrid
        April 8, 2013 at 1:19 pm

        It was a joke :)

  8. Starria Turner
    March 28, 2013 at 2:59 pm

    It's a threeway tie between google video, finance and Blogger. Google Video is pretty redundant since they have YouTube, finance will probably be merged into Wallet and Blogger...well, blogger is a powerhouse in it's own way but it's been mired in the swamp that is overdone blogs that have been kicked out of wordpress and littered with javascript and ads. As much as I like blogger for ads so I can make some cash, I wish it had went over Reader. What they COULD HAVE DONE is tied Blogger and Reader into one product instead of you following blogs via reader much like wordpress is doing by allowing you to follow other rss feeds via their wordpress reader.

  9. null
    March 28, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    Google+. No one I know uses it, its interface is a nightmare and it isn't conducive to sharing to external services. I use Reader A LOT, and I am *really* pissed at Google for shutting it down. It is a great tool to sync feeds across devices, and as it basically killed all other services that did this previously. Current alternatives aren't up to par, I've tried many including Feedly and hosting my own aggregator. Disappointing.

    • Suzannah Porter
      March 28, 2013 at 5:58 pm

      I agree! I also feel there is some kind of web responsibility ethics here: It is because of Google Reader that the alternatives were annihilated in the first place. Google Reader aggressively took on the niche of RSS, and now that they own it they are axing it. Seems a little ethically irresponsible, especially given the impact it has on RSS overall, which is crucial to free flowing information.

      • susendeep dutta
        March 29, 2013 at 2:28 pm

        Google will always look for ways to earn profits even at the cost of people.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:25 pm

      I'm on there but I don't really use it. I think Google is going to persevere with Plus though, probably folding more of its services into it in the future.

  10. gmvolk
    March 28, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    I know people like facebook and twitter, what I wish were gone though is the fact that I have to see it on EVERY web site I go to anymore. Enough of the like this, friend that, pin it, plus it etc. Social media is fine and it has it's uses, but really does it need to be everywhere I browse?

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:24 pm

      I guess your choice would be "the ubiquitousness of social networks?"

  11. cidman2001
    March 28, 2013 at 12:58 pm

    Twitter.....by far the most useless, time wasting service out there. Do people really think their "followers" give a crap about their daily activities or their 140 word opinion on complex topics. I think not......

    • susendeep dutta
      March 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

      But Twitter is not a Google product.

      • Dave Parrack
        March 29, 2013 at 7:22 pm

        As I said earlier... As stated in the article, everything is fair game... whether it's a Google product or not.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:23 pm

      I personally don't agree but each to their own. I think you either "get" Twitter or you don't. Have you ever tried it for yourself?

  12. oldboy
    March 28, 2013 at 11:28 am

    Search engine optimization. God help us if Bleacher Report-"journalism" expands beyond the sports field.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:21 pm

      That's an interesting suggestion. I think SEO has its place but it continually being abused, and that's a problem.

  13. Scott M
    March 28, 2013 at 10:43 am

    They could have pulled Orkut.

  14. Abhijith R
    March 28, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I didn't even expect that.......

  15. J. Simon van der Walt
    March 28, 2013 at 6:55 am

    Klout

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      I was hooked for a while, now, not so much. You haven't fallen for the hype then?

  16. Garey B
    March 28, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I would like the misinformation passed on to students from teachers that only software that you can use at home for reports and presentations is Microsoft Office instead I wish they would in fact promote and use open source software more. So i took advantage of the situation to educate my daughter (since she was freaking out that her dad is not a fan of the price of Microsoft Office) and showed her many free and alternative versions everything from Libre Office to the online Office suites available for free anyways that's gripe number 1.The other gripe is when is the music and video industry gonna stop the lawsuits and focus their money and attention on a better way to present their products to the public, take for example Spotify that is one piece of software that has done it right imo if you want to try the service for free go ahead try it, then if you love what they have to offer go on and purchase a premium subscription. If you have a limited budget and don't mind the adds then keep on using the product and they will generate revenue from the ads that are within the software. I don't think piracy will ever end and I don't do it myself, but I think it could be reduced massively if this kind of software was available to all kinds of different media.Anyways peace love and chicken grease thanks for the opportunity to vent a little.

    • bben
      March 28, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      I have long used Open Office in a MS Office environment and no one has noticed any difference. The OO can save documents as MS Office .doc documents that as long as you are not doing any fancy formatting or anything outside of basic documents (99% of documents are like this) there is no problem. The same with The spreadsheets, OO will save a spreadsheet in an excel format - or even template. Again as long as you stick to standard operations - there is no noticeable difference.

      Currently most of my office communications are field reports that must be in a specific MS Office format (OO works fine) Expense reports that must be Excel compatible (OO works fine) and an occasional written communication that they want in a specific MS Office format to go in a file (OO works fine)

      My accounting department didn't even realize my expenses were not done using their pet spreadsheet until I asked if they were having any problems with them. My query was met with what looked like a caned answer saying that all expense reports must be submitted using the approved excel form or they would be returned to the author to be redone. None have ever been returned.

      I have not tried either the presentation part or the database. But I imagine they would be similar.

      • Garey B
        March 29, 2013 at 1:48 am

        Impress the presentation piece of Libre Office is what we use most in our house and so far there hasn't been any complaints. I did struggle with saving a slide with a transparent background to be compatible with Microsoft Office but that is it so far, we just had to be a little more creative for this tiny hurdle and the slide turned out great.I'm of the opinion that I think the public school systems could probably save a lot of money if they were to use more open source software.

  17. Chris Marcoe
    March 28, 2013 at 5:32 am

    Bing.

    • susendeep dutta
      March 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Bing is a Microsoft product.

      • Chris Marcoe
        March 28, 2013 at 2:47 pm

        True. But I'd rather see Bing culled before most anything else.

      • Dave Parrack
        March 29, 2013 at 7:16 pm

        As stated in the article, everything is fair game... whether it's a Google product or not. This is what you get for only reading the title ;)

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:17 pm

      I'd rather there was some competition to Google's dominance than not.

  18. Harshit Jain
    March 28, 2013 at 5:09 am

    Android. It is not a complete OS. The necessity of Dalvik VM slows all the apps and even the quad cores give somewhat laggy performance. The apps can crash and give force closes anytime.
    Google should instead make Chrome OS better and a complete OS.

    • susendeep dutta
      March 28, 2013 at 9:42 am

      Then Google will lose much more(money) and people will get very much angry with them.It's a publicly traded company and their stakeholders will prevent them not to do so.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:12 pm

      Would you like to see Android and Chrome combined? I can't see Google culling Android when it's the most popular mobile operating system in the world.

      • Harshit J
        April 1, 2013 at 12:30 pm

        But the increasing cores do not seem to correct the old problems in android. It needs a big overhaul.

  19. Chris Hoffman
    March 28, 2013 at 4:43 am

    Orkut. Google does not need two different social networks!

    • Nevzat A
      March 28, 2013 at 6:49 am

      As far as I know it's only popular in India

      • susendeep dutta
        March 28, 2013 at 9:40 am

        Also,in Brazil.

        • strangerattack
          March 28, 2013 at 2:38 pm

          Not anymore. Everybody's moved to Facebook in Brazil.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      It does seem strange to keep that going. I suspect it'll be next...

  20. AriesWarlock
    March 28, 2013 at 4:04 am

    Gmail Finance.

    • Dave Parrack
      March 29, 2013 at 7:11 pm

      I suspect you'd feel differently if you traded in stocks and shares!

      • AriesWarlock
        March 29, 2013 at 8:30 pm

        Plenty of better sites for stocks and shares!

      • dragonmouth
        March 30, 2013 at 1:10 pm

        What AriesWarlock says.

        Google Finance is an aggregator, offering reprints of articles from real financial sites such as Bloomberg. GF does not have real time quotes. CBS MarketWatch is way better. If you are into trading and investing, you should be using dedicated stock market sites, not Google Finance.

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