[Chugalug] So google reader is going by by

Andrew Pierce andrew at andrunix.com
Fri Mar 15 18:44:25 UTC 2013

It's not really the end of the world for me that Reader is going away. It sucks but it's just an RSS aggregator/reader. On there other hand, this makes a really, really good point about investing too much of your data in a free product like that (or a paid product for that matter). 

That is what keeps me from using Evernote. I have tried it several times and used it quite a bit at one point. Just this week I read this article, http://lifehacker.com/5989980/ive-been-using-evernote-all-wrong-heres-why-its-actually-amazing, and it almost made me pick it back up. But all it takes is a company to kill a product like this and there goes your data. Or, they could suddenly decide to start charging a LOT of money to use something you've invested in and they've got you over a barrel. 

Andrew Pierce
andrew at andrunix.com
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On Mar 15, 2013, at 2:15 PM, Rod-Lists <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:

> This Slate article makes some good points.
> http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2013/03/google_reader_why_did_everyone_s_favorite_rss_program_die_what_free_web.html
> "That’s why we should all consider Reader’s death a wake-up call—a reminder that any time you choose to get involved with a new app, you should think about the long haul. It’s not a good idea to hook up with every great app that comes along, even if it’s terrifically innovative and mind-bogglingly cheap or even free. Indeed, you should be especially wary if something seems too cheap. That’s because software is expensive. To build and maintain the best software requires engineering and design talent that will only stick around when a company has an obvious way to make money. If you want to use programs that last, it’s not enough to consider how well they work. You’ve also got to be sure that there’s a solid business model attached to the code.
> And if a particular tool is indispensable to you—your project management software, for instance—you might want to think about choosing one of those incredibly old-fashioned software companies that will allow you to pay for its stuff. Just paying for software doesn’t guarantee its longevity—companies that accept your money can always go out of business. But companies that take your money are at least signaling to you that their software is just as important to them as it is to you. On the other hand, companies that don’t take your money and won’t even say how the product you love will ever make money—hey, they’re fun for a romp, but don’t be surprised when they ditch town in the middle of the night. (I’m looking at you, TweetDeck, Tr.im, Memolane, Posterous and all those Yahoo apps!)
> This calculus becomes especially difficult with software made by Google, a company that doesn’t charge for much of anything, isn’t transparent about how its products make money, and is fond of experimenting with lots and lots of new products (and, lately, of killing off stuff that’s not part of its central mission)."
> And this one points out that g+ may in trouble.
> http://www.slate.com/articles/technology/technology/2011/11/google_had_a_chance_to_compete_with_facebook_not_anymore_.html
> ----- Dan Lyke <danlyke at flutterby.com> wrote:
>> On Fri, Mar 15, 2013 at 10:49 AM, Rod-Lists <rod-lists at epbfi.com> wrote:
>>> Will this hurt RSS?
>> Maybe. It might actually help RSS, because it'll allow for diversity
>> in RSS readers again. The third party readers are having to raise
>> prices to slow down new subscriptions, and I'm hearing rumblings from
>> various people I know who have dormant aggregators lying in source
>> control repos waiting for the 2nd coming of RSS.
>>> Is google trying to drive people to google plus?
>> Absolutely. This is the result of some internal wrangling wherein that
>> ex-Microsoft guy who's driving G+ won and the Google Reader folks
>> lost.
>> There has got to be an amazing amount of incredible data stored away
>> in Google Reader's logs, and if they couldn't figure out how to
>> monetize it it's only because the "Like"/"+"/"Favorite"-ness would
>> have to be inferred. But even at that it's hard to believe that they'd
>> give up that data stream for G+.
>> Dan
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