Google's loss is everyone's else's gain
If you haven't been living under a rock for the past week then you know that Google's has made lots of news and most of it was not good, thanks to the announced death of Reader. Ghacks has taken a look at the best of the alternatives already, and this morning I decided to choose mine, opting for The Old Reader.
I made my choice between this option and Feedly because of input from other users who were less than thrilled with Feedly and also because the company has recently been having issues simply keeping its servers online -- "More than 500,000 Google Reader users have joined the feedly community over the last 48 hours. We love passionate readers. Welcome on board".
When I downloaded my OPML file via Google Takeout and attempted to import it into The Old Reader, I was greeted with the following message -- "There are 46908 users in the import queue ahead of you".
Then there was this message as well:
"Bad news, some queue positions got messed up again. We fixed the issue, and we hope this was the last time it happened. Good news, we were able to ramp up the queue processing speed, so it should move along much faster now. Also, we will notify you by email as soon as your feeds are imported, so there's no need to keep checking the import page.
By the way, even if you uploaded your OPML file, you can still subscribe to your favorite feeds manually and start reading. There will be no duplicate feeds when your OPML file finally gets imported".
This begs the question, and I believe my colleague Martin asked it earlier today when discussing the upcoming Google Keep note-taking app, why does Google choose to kill a service that is obviously more popular than the company has led us to believe in its announcement?
Given the influx of users that the alternative sites are experiencing, it seems that Google had a market for Reader, but perhaps it had no idea how to monetize it, and that was the real bottom line.Advertisement