For some reason, I've been feeling decidely unsympathetic lately. So this may sting a bit.
Yeah, Google announced that they are suspending Reader. A friend's reaction:
Can you tell me WHY Google is taking down Google Reader? I will be bereft without it. Why are they doing this to me? I KNOW they are picking on me personally....just because I have not been keeping up on my reading lately.
Could be Ms Henry. Could be...
GoogleReader has gotten my attention every day for a lot of years and I find the information it contains of far more value than my e-mail and more efficient than Twitter. (see Why RSS Still Matters) It's simple to use, works on all my devices, and requires no learning curve. Like a light switch or flush toilet, it simple does its job without me having to think about it. It's a staple of my PLN.
It's a comfortable old friend. But now I need to make a new friend. It's taken about half an hour to get Feedly (one of the dozen or so replacements being touted by various pundits) up and running and usable. Big whoop. As I use it over the coming days and weeks, I am sure there will be things about Feedly I like and don't like. (It IS prettier.) I may stay with it or switch to another RSS aggregator that I like more.
Personally, I think it is a good thing that we are forced to change the way use technology now and then. Those of us who encourage others to do things in a new way, even when it takes time and feels uncomfortable for a while, ought to be expected to do so ourselves.
Being asked to so on a more regular basis might even make me more sympathetic.