Google blames mobile users for Google Reader’s death

“As a culture we have moved into a realm where the consumption of news is a near-constant process,” says Richard Gingras, Senior Director, News & Social Products at Google. “Users with smartphones and tablets are consuming news in bits and bites throughout the course of the day — replacing the old standard behaviors of news consumption over breakfast along with a leisurely read at the end of the day.”

So Google moved to the more creepy Google Now and Google Plus. No thanks.



  • Vicky

    Hi Jim, Being such an anti-Google personality, I am interested to know whether you use Google Search and GMail or not. Do you walk the walk?

    • dr.no

      He uses it from Safari Search Bar so Google has to pay money to Apple.

  • dreyfus2

    I may miss the obvious, but how is a RSS reader less useful when reading news “in bits and bites”? It still keeps track of what I have read already, allows me to save articles for later etc.

    Google wants to force people to use their newer services. That is an acceptable desire, even if I won’t play. But why do they have to come up with crap excuses and smokescreens camouflaged as arguments?

  • http://www.johncblandii.com John C. Bland II

    That’s sensationalism at its finest Jim. They didn’t blame anyone. Calling Google Now creepy shows me you haven’t spent any real time with it.

    If it were Apple, they would be praised for skating where the puck is going.

  • dr.no

    So basically Google no longer care for Power Users aka Pros aka Nerds. The main Android supporters.

    • http://tewha.net/ Steven Fisher

      Why would they? They already have them swallowing everything.

  • Billy Razzle

    I very much enjoy using Google Reader on my iPad & iPhone. Not sure what the hell they’re talking about.