RIP Google Reader

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Google promised, back in March, that it would be taking Google Reader offline on the 1st of July. For those keeping track, it went offline, here in South Africa, on the morning of July the 2nd. The obvious explanation is that it stopped existing at the stroke of midnight in its home, in California.

Reader, we barely knew thee. Actually, that’s a lie. We knew you intimately. Poring over your interface every morning while sipping on some fresh brew. Taking in the newest headlines as caffeine inspired us to write more. Were you gone before your time? Yes. Despite Google saying that you were not as popular in your old age – a mere 8 years.

Rest in peace, Reader. Yours is a legacy of awesome new web products that you’ve inspired.

Christo van Gemert

Christo van Gemert

Eleven years ago Christo started writing about technology for one of South Africa's (then) leading computer magazines. His first review? A Samsung LCD monitor. Hey, it was hot news, back then. Nowadays he gets more excited about photography, cars, game consoles, and faster internet connections. He's sort of an Apple fan, but will take any opportunity to remind you about his Windows-powered home theatre PC and desire to own a vanilla Android tablet.   Currently uses: Apple 13-inch Macbook Pro with Retina Display, Apple iPhone 5, Microsoft Laser Mouse 6000, Audiofly AF78 Earphones, Xbox 360, Nikon D50.