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Wassup with Google Reader? : – (

by Suzanne Fluhr on June 30, 2013 · 10 comments

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If you have never heard of Google Reader, please return to whatever you were doing before you looked at this blog post. Better yet, use the navigation tabs at the top of this page or the “Popular Posts” widget on the sidebar to find something else fascinating to read on Boomeresque.

The rest of you, please listen up.

Mr. Google (or is it Ms. Google) has decided that he or she no longer wants to be in the Blog Reader business. Therefore, after Monday, July 1st  (i.e. VERY soon, like TOMORROW!), if you have been using Google Reader to be notified about new blog posts, as of Monday they will all go poof and if your memory is anything like mine, you will not be able to remember which blogs you were following.

Why is Google doing this, you may be asking??

Why does Google do anything:

  • like turn over all your web searches and emails to the U.S. government?  

                                                                              OR

  • name their all important search algorithms after cute animals like pandas and penguins?   

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I have absolutely no idea. But, as the biggest kid in the cyber sandbox, they can play with (or break) pretty much any toy they want to, so we just have to get with their program.

If you would like to continue to be notified automatically when there is a new Boomeresque blog post, the easiest way to do that is to look over to the right side bar on this page, locate the area that says “Follow & Share Boomeresque” and click on the RSS symbol (that orange box with the white arcs).  imgres - Copy

 

You will be then given the option to use another reader to subscribe to Boomeresque or to sign up to receive notices about new blog posts by email. (You could even sort of set up your own Blog Reader by creating a dedicated email account for blog subscriptions.)

Okay, don’t say I didn’t warn you. You may now return to doing something more fun than reading about the demise of Google reader.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Roz Warren June 30, 2013 at 10:03 am

An an owner of Google stock, please accept my apology.

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Just One Boomer (Suzanne) June 30, 2013 at 4:50 pm

I dunno, Roz. Divestiture might be the only remedy. But, you would be the only one divesting, so, nah.

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Sala June 30, 2013 at 1:08 pm

I admit it. I was confused by it all. But I see that I’m e-mail subscribed. So I’m happy to keep receiving your posts. As for Google, it is annoyingly too big to fail.

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Sala June 30, 2013 at 1:09 pm

Don’t say I didn’t warn people. But I see that I’m e-mail subscribed. So I’m happy to keep receiving your posts. As for Google, it is annoyingly too big to fail.

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Just One Boomer (Suzanne) June 30, 2013 at 4:52 pm

I know, Sala. If they get majorly hacked or decide to pull the plug, I’m screwed. My calendar is on Google and I’m thinking of uploading all my photos to Google’s Cloud Drive.

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Cassi July 1, 2013 at 1:56 pm

I haven’t picked a reader yet so I guess I’m in the clear…

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Suzanne Fluhr July 1, 2013 at 2:32 pm

You don’t have to pick a reader. I think the best thing to do is to set up an email account called “Blogreader@whatever.com” and then use that as your email to subscribe to blogs. That way, you’ll control what you do with the email notifications about new blog posts. I think that’s what I’m going to do to replace my Google Reader. I signed up for “Feedly”, but I the email solution might be the way to go.

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ash f July 2, 2013 at 10:45 am

Who knows what Google’s agenda really is, but like all big companies they do many great things and also many bad. That is the nature of the game. But wait til the self driving car revolutionises traffic and your lives (not to mention other things they are funding research into – which mainstream funding doesnt touch – Google X I think is the name of their lab). So it’s not all bad. But in any case ,we were given notice and you can use Feedly and they took all my feeds from Google Reader with no problems.

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homejobsbymom July 10, 2013 at 10:36 am

I hear a lot of people are missing it 🙁

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Johnny Bravo | Sales Pro Blog July 11, 2013 at 5:52 pm

It is really strange that Google eliminated Reader. To be honest I have to believe that Google has something up their sleeves and there is a good reason for getting rid of it. Perhaps they have something else they are looking to replace it with. Perhaps this is the start to some integration with Google+. I have no idea but I hope they haven’t given up on blogs.

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