Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:33 UTC
Google Why does Google get so much credit in the technology industry? Why, despite the company's many obvious failings, do many geeks and enthusiasts still hold a somewhat positive view on the all-knowing technology giant? A specific talk at Google I/O this week provides the answer.
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some1
Member since:
2010-10-05

You have to look at the history to see that.
Google Reader was not the first RSS aggregator. There was a variety of both online and offline applications before it. When it came out, it very quickly became the most popular, making everything else niche products. A lot of these other aggregators shut down, and their authors moved on, making Reader's share even bigger. So by closing Reader Google makes a significant blow to RSS aggregators. If there's a significant demand, might be a revival of the genre and old and new products will appear. But it's also possible that most people don't care any more, and those few who want RSS will have harder time at finding a good aggregator.
Now, I'm not saying Google has an obligation to keep its free service open forever, or that it necessarily closed Reader in bad faith, but this is a classic case of "embrace, extinguish".

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WereCatf Member since:
2006-02-15

but this is a classic case of "embrace, extinguish".


I disagree. The "embrace and extinguish" - tactics is all about deliberately harming the market, with real, malicious intent. I do not see that here, all I see is a secondary effect simply caused by Google having made the superior product and no longer having use for it.

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some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

I can't subscribe to RSS in G+, can I? So it's not a superior product, it's a competing incompatible product, and the one which gives Google more control while at it. You can deny it all you want, but people at Google making this decision are well aware they are harming RSS.

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spinnekopje Member since:
2008-11-29

There is nothing that prevents other companies to provide the same service at the same or higher quality.
When Google shuts down their implimentation, there are lots of users that will be looking for an alternative..

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Slambert666 Member since:
2008-10-30

Google is using its search monopoly to harm competing businesses and technologies by:
- first embracing the technology
- then extending (making better? making incompatible?)
- then extinguish (close the service).
That is how microsoft rolls and that is how google rolls. If you buy into their pr s*it then you are quite naive.

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geertjan Member since:
2010-10-29

The thing is, since Google announced the end of Reader, new RSS readers have started popping up quickly, and they are trying to match Reader's quality. RSS readers were crap before Google Reader, and now they will be better. Google raised the bar, and we as users will be better off thanks to its existence.

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some1 Member since:
2010-10-05

No, they weren't all crap before Reader, and they don't have to match Reader's quality now, because Reader is no more. It's not like you have an option to keep using it.
The problem now is not just to find a new functional aggregator, but to find the one which will stay around, and that's hard to predict.

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