Google is discontinuing their reader service on June 1st. Google seems to do this a lot, offer a service and get a lot of people to use it then take it away. Most of the ideas are an attempt to get people to work and stay while in their environment. The problem is Google wants us to use their tools so that they can mine mine data from us. Unfortunatly, often what they give they take away, Remember Blogger? A creation of Pyra Labs,Blogger introduced both the blogger and reader to the art and science of blogging, It was free, and all that was required was a host. which in many cases was provided by our ISPs When Google bought out Pyra Labs. they introduced free hosting., although bloggers were allowed to self host. In other words to use a host of their own choosing. This allowed one to use a commercial Web host. This no only allowed users to maintain ownership of their content, but to avoid Google Censorship. Now Google wasn’t all that dictatorial at least in most cases. But any system which responds to complaints subjective decisions as well as automated processes will make bad decisions. Self Hosting Blogger was the best of both world. Until Google insisted that we should use their hosting. This left bloggers with a choice abandon years of work or move their blog to Google servers. I left mine on my leased servers , but with out ability to modify, add new comments. One unintended side-affect was the loss trust in Google. The user is aware what Google gives Google can take away. All this while Google is trying to pull us into the collaboration in the the clouds scheme. The grand plan to pull us in and keep us in a Google environment.
There have been a few attempts by Google to build an all inclusive environment Google Wave was pulled away it just as people were learning to understand it. bloggers and heavy internet consumers were using Google reader, so Google is taking it away in June. . Google drive is supposed to be the end all using the cloud collaboratively, Its been a year of promises yet Google still hasn;t delivered Google Drive for Linux.
Its getting pretty apparent that while Google gives us great things to play with, they can’t be trusted with real tools that will be available in the long run.. Bing is actually looking pretty these days.