The Real Reason Google Killed Reader

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Much has been said about the demise of Google Reader and whether a decline in users ultimately killed off the much-loved product. But according to a new report from Buzzfeed, Larry Page and other higher-ups at Google simply didn't care for the product, so it was taken behind the barn.

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More specifically, Page's disinterest in the service essentially scared off any engineering leads to take over the reins. It simply was no longer a priority, not that it ever was given Reader's genesis, which started as a pet project. So, why work on something that the big boss doesn't care about? After all, it's not going to get you any attention or awards.

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RIP, Google Reader. [Buzzfeed]

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How is that worth all the negative press / public animosity that it created? Realizing that many people are simply blowhards, complaining that "I'll never use another Google product again, ever" but some people are genuinely miffed. It seems a cruel joke to create something, let people love it, then yank it away. If leaving it alone with no support / updates or spinning it off to some other company wasn't an option, it would have been better not to have created it at all. Keep that in mind before you give life to your next creation, Google.