Google will soon shelve Reader and this has created a lot of panicky online noise from ardent fans. However, I am largely unconcerned.
I have had a Reader account for several years now, but hadn’t really ever used it. I did, at one time, make use of an RSS reader called BlogBridge. I liked that it had the ability to search through feeds to find specific content. But little by little Twitter and Facebook have taken over the reader duties for me. I like that my online communities help surface the content that is most relevant to me and it seems to keep me up to date with news and events.
Today, we are hearing reports that Facebook is going to launch a reader application, and my first thought was, I hope this won’t change Facebook’s current update feeds.
Earlier this month, rumours about Facebook’s possible Google Reader replacement erupted when mentions of RSS feeds appeared in Facebook’s code. Facebook would not confirm the reports at the time. However, the social network has been working on Reader for more than year, according a report in the Wall Street Journal and is said to resemble Flipboard. The report says Facebook Readers will pull in not news stories and will intersperses them with Facebook friend’s updates.
This sounds very similar to how I’ve been using Facebook for quite some time now. At any one time I’ll see updates from friends and family mixed up with information from brands whose pages I’m connected to and marked as an interest. My pages feed is largely populated by updates from media outlets, clients and other brands.
Do you use Google Reader? Have you found a replacement service yet? Do you think that the Facebook Reader will provide you the news and information you need?
This story was originally published on the Thornley Fallis blog.