I was FURIOUS about the sudden loss of Google Reader when it got summarily eaten by Google +. A lot has been written about this, in much better words than I could come up with:
- The Google Reader Redesign is an Ugly, Lonely User Experience (Forbes)
- The Unsocial Network: Why Google is Wrong to Kill Off Google Reader (Forbes)
- The World is Surprisingly Angry About the End of Google Reader (Atlantic Wire) (fun because people I know are directly quoted and indirectly referenced)
- Google Reader Getting Overhauled, Removing Your Friends (TechCrunch)
- Reader Redesign: Terrible Decision, or Worst Decision? (Brian Shih, former Google Reader developer)
- Wherein I Try To Explain Why Google Reader Was the Best Social Network So Far (Here is a Thing)
When I first heard it was being integrated with Google+, I rolled my eyes and thought, cue the unnecessary/irritating outrage. Then I realized that the number one way I consume online information was basically being rendered obsolete. And don’t you dare tell me that it’s still a serviceable RSS reader - my friends’ shared items was the first and often the only place I went. When it actually disappeared, I almost started crying at work over it. I didn’t grasp how much of a loss was going to register with losing my main online interaction mode until it just vanished (though if this is the worst thing that happens to me this year, then it’s been a pretty great year for me, and I do recognize that).
But the fact of the matter is, if you don’t already care about this, you probably won’t start now, and I don’t have anything in this post to comfort you with if you do care - homegrown alternatives, former designers graciously offering to return to Google to fix it, or anything like that. I’ve spent the last week hopping over to Google + every so often to see if anyone’s posted any new news about the whole thing, preferably news of the “we are so sorry, Anne, here is the service that you and a fraction of our users loved so much that very few people understood or used, it’s fully restored, and here is a direct line to Google in case we ever accidentally make you feel sad or ignored ever again” variety.
Then last night I got mad. I realized that even though I was only on Google+ to look for and participate in griefing Google, I was still driving up the thing’s page views, thus justifying the entire redesign from a statistical perspective. So I gave myself license to be completely immature and turn my back on what really could be a very significant online service, and I logged into my Twitter account instead. And discovered that I absolutely love Twitter. And the internet. And all this stuff on the internet. The Librarian in Black just helped me clarify my professional goals - I am now positively driven by the ambition to one day be able to curse in a professional capacity. I’m a long way away from that now, but one day. One day I will drop an f-bomb online again in an unfiltered environment and not worry that I’ll somehow be fired for it or that I’ll be denied an interview for The Best Most Well-paying and Emotionally and Socially Satisfying Library Job Ever [So we're clear, the LiB also has a really smart, well-written blog on libraryland issues, and I don't mean to sound like I'm disparaging her or her glorious cursing]. And the internet has so much to say about grad school burnout! And how your thesis doesn’t even matter and no one will read it! And how sometimes stress makes your hair fall out! And how to get organized! And poo turkey cakes, which heaven help me, I cannot look at without cackling hysterically!
Which is basically a long way of saying that I have eight major projects and my thesis due in the next two and a half weeks and I’m getting too freaked out about it to get any real work done.