Google Reader coda: will it become social media?

Lynne Kiesling Apparently I’m not the only one musing on the relationship between social media and RSS readers. Since I wrote the previous post, this Ars Technica post has suggested that Google will fold Reader into Google+. To which I respond: Meh. Too social. Too visual. Not mobile friendly because it uses too much screen … More Google Reader coda: will it become social media?

Google Reader is popular, so why discontinue it?

Lynne Kiesling I am fascinated by all of the discussion of Google’s decision yesterday to terminate Google Reader effective July 1. I recall Reader’s origins in 2004, when I was thrilled to find a way to scan news items and blog posts, mark some for further, deeper reading, and organize my reading into my several … More Google Reader is popular, so why discontinue it?