July 1 is the day when you will no longer to be able to use Google Reader, an RSS subscription service from, you guessed it, Google. Plenty of articles have been written about the shuttering of Reader and almost all have recommended Feedly as the best replacement for Reader.
If you use Google Reader to read articles using an RSS subscription, head to Feedly and with one click you can copy all of your Google Reader RSS subscriptions to Feedly. But make sure to do this before July 1 when Google Reader closes, otherwise you’ll have to re-create your subscriptions in Feedly.
Reader is not the first service Google has ended, though the outcry about the end of Reader seems to be louder than previous protests about the end of other Google services. Lots of Google services have met their demise, some left quietly in the night. Others, such as photo editing Picnik, had users scurrying to find suitable substitutes.
While we may mourn the loss of services past, and worry about the longevity of our favorite services, take a moment to consider how many Google services we depend upon in our daily lives. We think little of utilizing Google’s many services, most of which are 100% free of charge.
- helps us find our way with Google Maps
- instructs us with YouTube videos
- informs us with Google Search
- manages our communication with Gmail
- helps us browse the Internet with Chrome
- gives us video chats with Google Plus Hangouts
- powers our smartphones with Android
- gives us word processing and stores our files in the Cloud with Google Drive
- manages our photos with Picasa
- provides phone service with Google Voice
- helps us overcome language barriers with Google Translate
- helps us discover new places with Field Trip
In the future, will Google Glass and Project Loon become essential Google services we depend upon?
What if Google announced it was closing all of its services? We could scramble to find the best alternatives, but chances are there are some services you would miss more than others.
Which Google service would you miss the most? If you could keep just one Google service, which would it be? Vote in The Wonder of Tech poll and let us know your opinion! (You can only vote once)
Note: The results of this poll are unscientific. If you’re employed by Google, please do NOT consider this poll as an indication to close services in the future.
Imagine if you had to pay money each time you used Google Maps, watched a YouTube video, sent or received an email from Gmail, or searched a keyword on Google Search. Would you use these services as often?
While Google doesn’t charge money for its services, it does collect your data. (See, Free: The Future of a Radical Price by Chris Anderson) Would you prefer to pay versus having your data collected by Google?
Are you switching from Google Reader to Feedly? Is there a former Google service that you’re missing? Do you trust Google services less because you’re worried about them going away some day? Let us know in the Comments section below!
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