Google Kills Google Reader: Is This the End of Free RSS?
The decision by Google to quit Google Reader on July 1 caused quite a stir. For many years, the popular RSS reader has been a convenient way for professionals to follow blogs and keep on top of important information in their field. However, the rise of Twitter and applications like Flipboard have led to a decrease in the use of RSS readers. Google says this is the main reason for putting an end to Google Reader.
Is Google turning its back on the news industry after several lawsuits from publishers about placing links in Google News? It seems not. Instead Google seems to be killing off RSS in favor of other, more lucrative forms of news and information consumption.
Rumors have surfaced about a new revenue model for Google. Website Android Police found a 'smoking gun' in the source code of the Google Play Store. They speculate that Google is working on a new app called Google Play News. While details are not yet known, it is expected that users will be able to buy loose digital editions of newspapers and subscribe to different news providers. With this application Google is anticipating the move towards paying models in information consumption.
Many professionals depend on RSS services, but free models may not be the way to go. Free RSS providers rely on advertising to stay afloat. They tend to focus on getting as many users as possible, instead of providing a great service. Software developer Dave Winer, who is one of the creators of RSS, blames online users for being cheap. He says that if users were willing to pay 'a fair price' for services they rely on, they would have better, more secure services. Other popular content aggregators, like NewsBlur and Feedly are already offering paying services next to their basic, free account.
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Good points @Antoine. It will be interesting to see how Google+ monetizes the content. Getting rid of RSS readers plus Feedburner makes it a high possibility!
Ashutosh Rai Apr 12, 2014
Although it might be that Google wants to save its resources by killing it. But their might be one more reason and that may be Google wants to end RSS era for it is quite often used to spam its search system. I was also amazed to see Chrome is not having native support for RSS.
Personally am against of RSS killing.