The beauty is that Reader didn’t care. It was comforting knowing I could sign in after not being on in days. There was no judgement. No snarky comment that greeted me, knowing I was slacking on my reading. There, the boldface headlines of new posts would beckon to me in a welcoming, unjudging way. “Read us,” they would say. “We’re here waiting for you!”
Then today, I see a tweet by @GiniDietrich and another by @PamMarketingNut about the demise of my beloved Reader. Seriously Google? Are you trying to make enemies of long-time supporters? OK, so I don’t love Google+. There are not many people who do, despite the numbers of users you boast. OK, so your search rocks. But you have to remember that you ARE NOT alone out there in searchland. And you force us to set up email accounts to use YouTube. Do you see where I’m going with this?
Google, you have gone too far. You’ve become a cyberbully! Yes, that’s exactly it. You’ve become a big, bloated, egotistical bully that’s determined to control every aspect of our online lives. You’ve pushed and pushed and pushed and now your faithful followers are going to leave. The jig is up. People really aren’t using Google+. People CAN use other search engines, and other email. And yes, there are other reader feeds out there, as dear @ginidietrich has been so kind to point out for those of us, like me, who are frightened of change.
So I WILL find another reader that I will learn to love and if I have to search, MAYBE I’ll turn to you but maybe not. And will I use my gmail account? Only to sign onto YouTube. I, for one, am not letting you bully me anymore.