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The Old Reader: behind the scenes - What Not Dying Looks Like
"Google Reader was a monopolist product built on an anti-monopolist technology. Now that they’re gone, RSS is once again anyone’s game. You’re going to see a lot more innovation and new stuff for RSS. I never know if its supposed to be a blessing or a curse to live in interesting times. But I have to believe this RSS is entering maybe the most interesting time in its long history."
RSS  feeds  syndication  Google  GoogleReader 
may 2014 by petej
Lockdown –
"That world formed the web’s foundations — without that world to build on, Google, Facebook, and Twitter couldn’t exist. But they’ve now grown so large that everything from that web-native world is now a threat to them, and they want to shut it down. “Sunset” it. “Clean it up.” “Retire” it. Get it out of the way so they can get even bigger and build even bigger proprietary barriers to anyone trying to claim their territory.

Well, fuck them, and fuck that."
Google  business  businessModels  Web  GoogleReader  RSS  Facebook  Twitter  standards  interoperability  walledGarden 
july 2013 by petej
Are We Just Google’s Lab Rats? | OUseful.Info, the blog...
"With Feedburner, Google bought up a service that acted as a proxy, taking public syndication feeds, instrumenting them with analytics, and then encouraging the people taking up the syndicated content to subscribe to the Feedburner feed. Where RSS and Atom were designed to support syndication between independent parties, Feedburner – and then Google – insinuated itself between those parties. By replacing self-controlled feeds as the subscription endpoint with Google controlled endpoints, publishers gave up control of their syndication infrastructure. With Google losing interest in open syndication feeds as it pursues its own closed content network agenda, we are faced with a situation whereby Google can potentially trash a widespread syndication infrastructure that would have remained resilient if Google hadn’t insinuated itself into it. Or if we hadn’t been so stupid as to simplistically accept it’s overtures.

Hmmm… thinks… do we need a Google users’ motto? Don’t be stupid perhaps…?!"
Google  RSS  GoogleReader  Feedburner  monopoly  walledGarden  standards  control  business  influence  dctagged  dc:creator=HirstTony 
may 2013 by petej
Google Reader - A Product vs. A Symbol | Clay Allsopp
"Google Reader is a symbol of a time just before the Yet-Another Rise Of The Wall Gardens; when the web looked to be on the verge of more semantic and open rather than proprietary; where information was becoming easily accessible and machine-readable instead of more locked up and fragmented.

Today, news and blog content is relatively open and parseable because of RSS and Google Reader's leverage, but all the recent social information about ourselves is locked behind protocols unique to each website and app. Google Reader did some damage to this cause of "openness", but it should remind us of a time before Twitter and Facebook swallowed our capacity for consumption and threw away the key.

I get why Google finally killed Reader. It was essentially free infrastructure and storage for an ecosystem of apps that generated more value (both financial and intangible) than the product itself. Google shouldn't be in the business of doing non-business, and it makes sense to turn off the lights. But it's another sign that we've entered a darker timeline in the history of the net, where information is becoming even more closed and out of reach."
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  openness  Twitter  Facebook  socialMedia  socialWeb  walledGarden  Web  interoperability 
march 2013 by petej
Reading Into the End of Google Reader | Inside Higher Ed
"Google is a business, and it's participating in a trend toward facilitated helplessness, giving us walled gardens in which we can relax and easily share information among a socially similar circle, where our likes and dislikes and interrelationships can be coaxed into view, recorded, and monetized and where the information environment is shaped to fit our profile rather than our curiosity. After all, marketing is all about turning our curiosity into sales. The more our gaze can be guided toward productive ends, the better, and the more the platform can track what makes our eyes light up, the better it can guide us.
Facebook and Google+ replace the open web with enclosed spaces where our interactions and interests can be tracked and catered to and where the content we create can become part of the platform, useful assets that might attract more members. The proliferation of Facebook buttons on websites is one symptom, as is the creepy appearance of news stories your Facebook friends are reading on the front page of supposedly unbiased news sites. (I’m old fashioned. Populating page one, above the virtual fold, with what my friends have been reading strikes me as a form of bias that doesn’t belong in the newsroom.) The fact that, whenever I conduct a search on Google I’m encouraged to sign in so I can “share the right things with the right people” changes the act of search into some kind of self-regarding public performance. Look at what I’m up to! I want you to pay attention to me and my tastes! Marketing the self and growing our market share of attention is seen to be the whole purpose of social interaction."
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  platforms  standards  interoperability  control  commodification  businessModels  walledGarden 
march 2013 by petej
Tools, platforms, and Google Reader | ROUGH TYPE
"Google was once a tool-maker. Now, it’s a platform-builder. Like Facebook. Like Apple. Like Microsoft. Like Twitter. Like all the rest. And so Google is officially killing off its popular RSS tool Google Reader. The move was in the cards ever since the creation of the Google+ platform. Tools are threats to platforms because they give their owners ways to bypass platforms. If you have a good set of tools, you don’t need a stinking platform. If you’re happy with RSS, you’re a little less likely to sign up for Google+, or Twitter, or Facebook. At the very least, the tool gives you the choice. It grants you self-determination.

RSS, like other web tools and even other personal-computer tools, is doomed—not doomed, necessarily, to disappear, but doomed to be on the periphery, largely out of sight. “We’re living in a new kind of computing environment,” said Google engineer Urs Hölzle in announcing that Google Reader would be swept away in a “spring cleaning.” He’s right. The tool environment is gone. The platform environment is here. Consider yourself entangled."
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  platforms  standards  interoperability  control  walledGarden  dctagged  dc:creator=CarrNicholas 
march 2013 by petej
The demise of Google Reader: On the path to driverless information retrieval - Digital Scholarship
'Google Reader is emblematic of Google’s old style of ‘search’; retrieving and presenting the content that its users requested. Google’s new strategy is to give you information before you have to ask. In a 2010 interview, Google CEO Eric Schmidt said, “I actually think most people don't want Google to answer their questions… They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.” This is the future for Google’s information retrieval: presenting selected and filtered content before your eyes with augmented reality Glasses; driving you to where you don’t know you need to be with robot cars; providing a smart digital assistant in the shape of Google Now (currently for Android Jelly Bean only but possibly to be extended to Google Chrome on the desktop). Google wants to help us deal with information deluge by filtering our information to a more granular extent than Google Reader ever allowed.'
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  search  retrieval  information 
march 2013 by petej
Hitler finds out Google Reader is shutting down - YouTube
"Anyone who thinks social media is a valid replacement for an RSS-reader, leave the room now."
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  RSSreader  standards  openness  Downfall  YouTube  video  humour 
march 2013 by petej
Wow. Google is... | Facebook
Particularly shows the open web continues to be under attack. We have to come into the walled gardens of Facebook, Twitter, Google+, and LinkedIn to read and share. Here's a problem: a few of my friends have deleted their Facebook accounts. Dave Winer and Ryan Block, to name two famous examples.

So they will never see my words here. The open web is going away and this is another example of how.
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  RSSReader  openness  standards 
march 2013 by petej
RIP Google Reader – I’d have paid for you | Christian Heilmann
"Yes, RSS has been declared dead many times and people keep banging on about the social web and that Facebook, Twitter, Reddit and others have replaced the old style of blogging and having an own feed. But I don’t buy it, sorry. Every social network is full of senseless chatter and organised advertising. Social media experts and PR folk make sure that information about certain products and celebrities get read and retweeted. I don’t care about that. I don’t want it."
Google  GoogleReader  RSS  RSSReader  businessModels  business 
march 2013 by petej

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