I started reading blogs when I started using google reader.
in fact, I started blogging shortly after (and to a fair extent, because of) google reader.
it had the usual characteristics of a google product: clean, easy to use, functional, constantly getting features added, mobile-friendly, and eventually (inevitably?) popularity.
google reader was good for me for almost 5 years.
until early last month.
I now hate reader.
maybe google is trying to get more content on to google+ with this, or maybe getting people to use that "social network" a bit more, but whatever it is, they're doing it wrong.
I do NOT want the stuff I like to go someplace else.
I do NOT want the stuff I share to be on a closed social network.
I WANT to be able to read stuff my friends share in the same place as I read my subscriptions.
I WANT my mobile experience to be as similar to my web experience (why on earth would they *remove* the like and share features from google reader mobile?)
I WANT to be able to search the stuff I've shared over the years (it's there somewhere, just that google isn't letting me get at it)
I WANT to be on a platform which I can trust will remain interoperable with open standards (mainly the ability to export my shares as a rss feed)
I could go on and on, but these are the biggest things google reader used to be, and isn't anymore.
my feed-reading experience is so crippled right now, that I don't even know how many other people have outraged over the new crippled reader, just because google+ is such a crappy platform that I can't bring myself to use it to read others' shares.
the final straw was 20 minutes ago, when in a moment of insomnia, I opened the android reader app, read one post, and then couldn't find an option to like/share it (other than the android native "share" option). seriously, what?
despite being the google loyalist that I am, I think the time has come to take my feeds elsewhere. I just hope google notices.
this is not being evil, this is simply being dumb.