Daily Archives: July 14, 2013

I’ll Get Used to It Over Time

My Firefox default toolbar before:


With Google Reader

My Firefox default toolbar after:


Without Google Reader

Well, I finally deleted Google Reader from my Mozilla Firefox toolbar.  Yeah, I’d been (foolishly) opening it these last couple of weeks, just in case Google had had second thoughts and kept it running a little longer. But no.

So now, 12 days after Google Reader’s disappearance from the Internet, I’ve faced reality. I zapped my tab.

I’ve tried Digg, which leaves much to be desired, at least for me.  I’m currently using Bamboo, a Firefox plugin for Google Reader refugees.  I’ve been able to clean up my Feeds list at bit. One thing that irks me, though, about Bamboo: I can’t seem to add one of my favorite feeds, GraphJam, the source of some wonderfully goofy charts.  (It was a good source for my Pinterest “Goofy Stuff” board, too.)  Digg won’t import it; neither will Bamboo; and I can’t add it manually to either reader.

Oh well, life goes on, I guess.  Google Reader was dirt simple to use.  Bamboo is too, I guess; but it’s not as clean-looking as Google Reader.

As with every software change I’ve dealt with in both the personal and professional realm, I’ll Get Used To It Over Time.  But the loss of Google Reader hit a chord: loss of something simple that a mega-corporation couldn’t find the wherewithal to support. It wasn’t good for the Bottom Line.

So the Bottom Line matters more than providing a good product that people use.  Maybe not all 6 billion of us on the planet (Google’s goal?); but it was one of the favored feed readers for those who knew about RSS and used feed readers to their advantage.

Peace out, Google Reader; peace out.