So as you might have heard Google will be dropping Google Reader. I’m not a user myself, but it’s really kind of stupid. The userbase is still pretty damn large, but “usage has declined”, so they decided to boot the service. That’s not very nice, now is it?
Also, Hotmail recently started enforcing users to switch over to Outlook. Functionality is still mostly the same, but the layout’s way different, there’s a couple of annoying new “features”, and it just generally isn’t that much of an improvement.
Oh, and I didn’t even mention the constant overhauling YouTube is doing. We get less and less control over our subscription boxes, what we do and do not want to see in them, and uploaders apparently have less control over their videos as well.
It’s all just so, well, stupid. Especially in the case of Google Reader. There is no real reason to take down the service like that! Yeah sure, it reduces some loads off of Google’s servers, but they run the world’s largest search engine so that shouldn’t be a problem, really. And yeah, continuing to provide support and updates for it and all is tedious, but they could at least have kept it in place for the people who still use it!
Come 2015, Google will be discontinuing GMail and Search, you’ll see.