While the announcement of Andy Rubin handing over the Android reigns to Sundar Pichai was shocking, the blogosphere was even more upset and surprised by Google’s decision to shut down Google Reader, as a part of its second “spring cleaning.” Google's decision was based on the simple fact that “while the product has a loyal following, over the years usage has declined.” Well, that angry “loyal following” has decided to let Google know its feelings on the subject, using the best way to get your point across nowadays, with a change.org petition to save Google Reader.
The petition, started by Dan Lewis, features a moving request by the petitioner to keep Google Reader running, with passages including -
“Our confidence in Google's other products — Gmail, YouTube, and yes, even Plus — requires that we trust you in respecting how and why we use your other products. This isn't just about our data in Reader. This is about us using your product because we love it, because it makes our lives better, and because we trust you not to nuke it.
So, please don't destroy that trust.”
Google Reader supporters have certainly risen to the occasion, with the petition already nearing the 50,000 signatures in a day. In fact, at the time I started writing this article, it was at around 40,000, and in the short time since, the number has already reached 46,000, which is great.
If you'd like to sign the petition, you can do so here.
The question is, is Google going to listen? Is there any advantage to keeping Google Reader running for the company? Is this petition going to make a difference? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.