People loved Google Reader. Today, when Internet companies make people mad they sign petitions from the comfort of their computer desk. For Google Reader, there were literal protesters with picket signs outside of Google’s offices.
That same ArsTechnica article goes on to talk about how Hangouts is, as we call it at work, the ‘red-headed step-child’ of Google’s services… despite being a strong competitor in a field where, for example, Facebook dropped more than $20 billion on WhatsApp.
I was an avid Google Reader fan. I’m now happy with Feedly, but that transition period was rough. I’ve always avoided YouTube comments,1 but the one or two YouTubers that I follow on Twitter have made it clear that it’s been an awful mess all along.
- I mean, they’re known for being the deepest hellhole of the internet. ↩