Google Reader Causes Pivot (and Purge)


Well, the RSS apocolypse is upon us thanks to Google’s planned sunsetting of Reader. Now that my Reader has been scheduled for termination, expect a pivot.

Of course, the sunsetting of Reader disrupts my and many other bloggers’ daily link sharing on Twitter and Google Plus, which causes change. Since xPotomac and SxSW have passed (creating more time), I plan on starting anew, and rebuilding on Feedly and Flipboard with new voices on a wider range of topics.

I go through periods of discontent online. Currently, I’m in one.

What can I say? I’m really bored with what I see online right now. There’s no one to blame for that but me. I subscribed to all of this!

So, when events like the Reader sunset announcement happen, I inevitably take the impetus to shake things up by purging, and moving toward a new direction.

It’s kind of like moving. You throw out what you don’t want.

Where am I going?

Here are several directional pivots:

1) Move toward futurist conversations about media and technology evolution.

2) Leadership and great people are marked by acts, and I’m looking to follow more of them.

3) People who acknowledge problems and achieve solutions (or are working towards them).

4) I am fascinated by new storytelling methods, and how writing and video entertainment continue to evolve.

5) Cyberpunk and science fiction and how they offer visions for technology.

I expect reading on a wider variety of topics will also mean that I’ll be sharing new content here, and on Twitter as well.

Sometimes these periods are unpopular, as they represent a break from what I typically talk about and share.

At the same time, you are either moving forward or backward intellectually. If you only talk and revisit the same conversations over and over again, you’re really staying put and not growing. Meanwhile the market evolves.

Growth means change. Onward.

What do you think of the Google Reader sunset announcement?


  • Nice POV on what others are seeing as the demise of their worlds. The opportunity to start anew brings….new opportunities.

    • Thanks! Truth is we’re not going to be able to change this course of action, so we may as well roll with it.

  • Just curious, but is Triberr not your primary way to share posts these days? I found that once I started sharing posts via Triberr, I no longer had time to go into my Gmail account to check posts I had subscribed to. I don’t have any time to add any other platform now. Hmm…

    I’m looking forward to your new direction – I hope you keep me around :)

    • Actually, Triberr is a secondary source for me. Most of my daily links are from sources outside of Tribes. Night, Thursday and weekend links are usually Triberr-based.

      • Ah, interesting. I do my best to check Triberr every day – I allot 20 minutes for it. After that my time is toast =/

        • I do the best I can with Triberr. It’s important, but the links I share during the day need to extend beyond what I am seeing content wise in the tribes…

  • Well, my google reader disappeared some time back when I changed an email address (I also cannot get onto my own youtube channel either, as google insists that I set up a new account), so I’ve been forging forward and onward, finding new sites, expanding my horizons for some time now. Funny how when something disappears, we can usually find a better way. Cheers! Kaarina P.S. Did you find me a seashell? ;)

    • See! You were ahead of us!

      Change can be something we fight or embrace and innovate upon, as you say! Lots of pics, no seashells. The little one was ocean adverse for some reason. Thank you for asking.

  • While I utilize all the common social media solutions as well as being an avid purger of anything that’s outlived it’s usefulness the demise of Reader is problematic for me. I follow (as I’m sure most readers here do) scores of blogs, sites, news sites, etc., and without an RSS feed the difficulty increases exponentially.

    Sure, there are excellent substitutes for Reader and I use them daily on iOS devices (Reeder is my hands-down favorite) but the centralized syncing offered by Google has been the foundation of virtually all of these RSS readers. Without it the process is likely to be less elegant.

    That all said, I’m wagering that someone steps into the void and provides this service for the millions (yes, there are millions of RSS feed users) of users. Entrepreneurs and capitalists rival nature in their abhorrence of a vacuum so this problem will get solved.

    The replacements that people tout as useful – Google+, Twitter, LinkedIn updates, etc., force the user into a situation where they are dependent on the recommendations of others. That’s great for serendipitous discovery but I’d prefer to do my own skimming and deciding, thank you, so RSS feeds will remain my primary source for the daily task of “keeping up.”

    • So I have been using Feedly, and it is pretty good. It imports your feeds from Reader, and i am sure that it will replace Reader for many folks. I find its interface to be a bit more nimble.

      That being said, I agree the market is wide open. And I’d like more fluid social sharing on stories whatever that solution might be!

      Also, I agree with you on the socnets. I find the stream reads augment things I might have missed, but often find them lacking content that I want. They tend to support the echo chamber ethos social network circles invariably create!

      Great to hear from you, Scott!

  • Right on, Geoff. I count my periodic purges among my most important social media moments – whether purging same ol’ sources out of Reader, friends from Facebook, or tired Twitterati; all in favor of finding new voices that excite me and spur me on to new thinking. Expand away, my friend. I look forward to seeing where you go through what you share. G

  • I agree that growth means change. And as creatures of habit, we all need to revisit those habits every so often. Particularly media consumption habits.

    I’ll be honest; I can’t remember the last time I actually visited my Google Reader account…which is as close to an endorsement as I can get for Google’s decision to sunset the product. I find that I am more likely to visit a curated solution like Zite. Ultimately, I’m not sure most people *want* to be their own editors of their personal web.

    Still, I probably need to follow your lead on this, and use it as an impetus for creating my own must-read aggregation of feeds. Since it’s unlikely someone out there is going to create a feed that combines Content Strategy, Steampunk Fiction, Digital Publishing and Social eCommerce news for me.

    Also, good sort-of seeing you in Austin. Hope you had a good trip.

    • It was great to see you, too, at Jason’s party. It was fun.

      I think the angst is a vocal minority, bloggers. I am pretty sure Google wouldn’t have pulled the plug if it was still valuable for them, especially since they were forcing people to use G+ as a primary sharing vehicle.

      I’d read your feed collection. Looks great!

  • I for one would be very interested by the 5 topics you mention as i share a lot of the same interests. Perhaps this is the subject of another post but I’d love to know what sources you’d recommend for each one of these

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  • Ticked because I liked how the Google products were becoming more integrated (great if you use Gmail, Google+ and Hangouts, Google Voice, Google Alerts, etc.)

    Now I’m giving Feedly a shot. And yes, I probably should purge a few of my subscriptions…and add a few.

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