Save Google Reader

Update 2: (1 pm EST 11/2) now up to 13,745 signatures with some love from Mashable and Weibo. Those signatures include many from Chinese and Iranian users upset about the loss of the ability to securely and horizontally share items outside of social networks like Google+ that are blocked in Iran and China.

Sidenote: who came up with the term “Sharebros”? Ugh — it’s gendered and conjures images of obnoxious popped collars — can everyone stop using the term please?

Also annoyed by Google Reader changes: Tyler Cowen and Brian Shih (who used to work at Google). Austin Frakt links to a script that fixes many of the aesthetic problems.

Update: (9 pm EST 10/26) up to 7,383 signatures, with links from TechCrunch and Andrew Sullivan. As those two posts note, a bunch of Iranian activists are quite upset over the pending removal of social features from Google Reader, as it allows them to share news and commentary horizontally even after the source websites are blocked (and other social networks are blocked). I had no idea about all that when I set up this petition. My original thought was that Google should add features to Plus rather than taking them away from Reader, and not try and force us over, just because as a user I was annoyed. But now it seems there’s an even better reason they should retain the social functions within Google Reader itself.  Hundreds if not thousands of the early signatures came from Iranians — you can see petition results here.

save the whales! and/or fail whaleFor those who don’t use Google Reader, you probably know it as just another RSS feed reader, so this post may not interest you at all.

For those of us who do use it it can be a major part of our daily routines. Last year I posted an “information flow audit” where I critiqued what and how much I read, along with how I prioritize information — all of which is done through Reader. Needless to say, I’m a heavy user. I think it’s the Google service I use most — more than search, and even more than GMail.

So I’m apprehensive about this announcement on the Google Reader blog (which I of course found through Reader) regarding upcoming changes to the service:

As a result of these changes, we also think it’s important to clean things up a bit. Many of Reader’s social features will soon be available via Google+, so in a week’s time we’ll be retiring things like friending, following and shared link blogs inside of Reader.

We think the end result is better than what’s available today, and you can sign up for Google+ right now to start prepping Reader-specific circles. We recognize, however, that some of you may feel like the product is no longer for you.

Basically, Google wants us all to use Google+, and it seems Reader is destined to go the way of other niche services like Buzz and Wave. In the likely misguided hope that Reader’s vocal users can make Google rethink this decision to push us towards Google+, or that they’ll at least keep an old version of Reader available indefinitely, I put together a brief petition in response. You can sign here or below:

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Some other reactions I’ve seen so far — ranging from agnostic to angry — include:

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  1. Halton #
    1

    Save Google Reader! We don’t wanna be socialized.

  2. 2

    +1

  3. 3

    oh, i wish it would be better

  4. 4

    Save Google Reader!!!!

  5. Mokhtari, Khashayar #
    5

    Ich will den alten google-Reader

  6. KenF #
    6

    I’ve have used, and liked, Google Reader for years. Now I totally hate it! Please bring back the old Google Reader!

  7. 7

    Google Reader will be beter

  8. ainilife #
    8

    please change back to the original reader!

  9. 9

    這次改版的負責人既沒有領會 Google+ 的思想,也沒有領會 Reader 的思想。

  10. fastfast #
    10

    oddajcie ludziom staregoooooooooooo

  11. Jona #
    11

    Stupid new Google Reader! Please return to old version!!!

  12. Jona #
    12

    There are only one thing is right! Keep an export function!
    At least I can move to other services.

  13. 13

    没有share功能的GR还是GR吗???Save Google Reader!

  14. 14

    Hi, can we still sign the peition?

  15. Yeong #
    15

    Some Lawyer should protect user like us, our data wasn’t save in Google, save Google Reader, we should have a law about how to protect our internet human right.

  16. wangzhifang #
    16

    Save Google Reader!!!!

  17. Jagd #
    17

    i will use my local rss+atom client instead of googlereader

  18. vback #
    18

    Google must be shamed for what they’ve done to Google reader. It becomes much less informative without sharing functionality in. Change it back.

  19. Jack Lin #
    19

    I wonder whether those google guys used reader often. They don’t know google reader well. Bring back the functions of sharing, like, and following.

  20. Laura #
    20

    不翻墙根本看不到 +1,强烈要求回到以前的版本

  21. 贾千祥 #
    21

    google reader不回到以前,我就不看了。

  22. 草泥马 #
    22

    google也是一头草泥马,不靠谱

  23. 23

    +1

  24. jack #
    24

    Keep fighting!!

  25. MLGBD #
    25

    今天刚看到,现在GOOGLE也不靠谱了,换国内的去

  26. Abdullah #
    26

    I WANT MY “SHARE” BUTTON BACK .
    I WANT MY FRIENDS BACK.

  27. 27

    good!!!

  28. 连小臻 #
    28

    希望google reader能变回原来的样子,一个深深爱你三年多的人~~

  29. Second #
    29

    Save the Google Reader

  30. 30

    希望google reader能变回原来的样子!!!

  31. Rachel #
    31

    中国不能用google+,没有Google reader的功能,更难读到墙外的内容了。

  32. 刘璇 #
    32

    Save Google Reader


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