What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us]

Dave Parrack 03-04-2013

What Should Have Been Culled Instead of Google Reader? [You Told Us] You Told UsThe company which has its many and varied tentacles wrapped tightly around all four corners of the Web recently announced the culling of Google Reader. This decision annoyed many people, some of whom immediately began looking around for 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 . The chances of Google culling other services in the future are high, as the company has these spring cleans regularly.


Kannon tried to prepare us for this possibility by highlighting alternatives to existing Google services 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 , which is a must-read for those eager to prepare for a possible forthcoming technology apocalypse. But wait. Aren’t there some things you’d actually like to get culled? That was the slightly offbeat discussion that formed the basis for last week’s We Ask You column.

The Results

We asked you, What Should Have Been Culled Instead Of Google Reader? We didn’t limit you just to Google products, though some people seemed to assume this was the case. There’s a lesson to be learned here… before you comment on a MakeUseOf article read more than just the title.

The response was fair, with dozens of you deigning to tell us what product, service, company, app, or operating system you’d like to see placed in a coffin and lowered into the ground. What I foresaw as being an offbeat, fun discussion actually prompted some really heartfelt (and often angry) comments.

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Many Google products and services were named during the discussion, including Google Finance, Google Video, Google Keep, Google+, Blogger, Orkut, and Android. To top it off someone wanted to see the company as a whole disappear, mainly owing to privacy concerns.


Other notable mentions include Twitter, Klout Scoring Klout [INFOGRAPHIC] Ever since it was first introduced in 2009, Klout has seen its fair share of fans and critics. Fans use Klout to highlight their online influence in order to snag freebies, and businesses use Klout... Read More (which ranks people online according to their reach), social media in general, the practice of SEO (Search Engine Optimization), and misinformation/ignorance over open source alternatives to expensive products, with Microsoft Office The 7 Best Free Microsoft Office Alternatives Microsoft Office is the king of office suites, but that doesn't mean it's the right one for you. Here are some other office suites you might like better! Read More being the example cited by the OP.

Comment Of The Week

We had great input from the likes of (our own) Chris Hoffman, Garey B, and gmvolk, to name just a few. Comment Of The Week goes to Suzannah, who won with this comment:

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’.

We like this comment because it really got to the heart of why people are mad at Google for dumping Reader. The company launched Google Keep Google Keep: Keep Notes, Lists & Photos [Android 4.0.3+] Read More soon after ditching Reader, but it should realize how difficult it’s going to be persuading people to move from Evernote and the like when there is no guarantee Keep will itself be kept.

We will be asking a new question tomorrow, so please join us then. We Ask You is a weekly column dedicated to finding out the opinions of MakeUseOf readers. We ask you a question and you tell us what you think. The question is open-ended and is usually open to debate. Some questions will be purely opinion-based, while others will see you sharing tips and advice, or advocating tools and apps for your fellow MakeUseOf readers. This column is nothing without your input, all of which is valued.


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  1. Charity
    April 3, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I, too, didn't know what I would do without Google Reader, but now that I've been using Feedly, I like it MUCH more than Google Reader. Once I'm done with one folder, it immediately jumps to the next folder and the next article skipping the ones with no new news. It's clean, intuitive, and a pleasure to use.

    But what is concerning about Google, is what will they decide to shut down next? Gmail? Player? Cloud? If I can't depend on Google, I can't use their products. Then again, Google is a corporate entity who is caring less and less about us and that's going to be their fatal mistake.

    • Dave Parrack
      April 3, 2013 at 10:16 pm

      You're not alone in fearing what Google may cull next. I own a Chromebook, so I have more to lose than most should the company decide it wants to truly prune the number of services it offers.

  2. Tug R
    April 3, 2013 at 5:14 am

    When I first heard that Reader was getting shut down, I was borderline devastated. For whatever reason I had assumed that Google was this magnanimous organization who put people before profits. But really, at the end day they're a company. Their purpose is to make money, and apparently Reader was not beneficial to the bottom line. As a long time user it blows, but that's just the way it is. (Things will never be the same...)

    • Dave Parrack
      April 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      I think many people feel the same. Google is a company out to make money at the end of the day. "Don't be evil" does not equate to "Put people before profits."