Google Reader is slowing down. Over the past few days, buttons have broken, marking feeds as read seemed to take a bit longer than usual, and the Android mobile website on some devices shifted over to the desktop view with no way to change things…
But should there be one?
Yes, people at Feedly and other companies can do a great job filling the space – and as Sarah Perez rightly points out in this TechCrunch article, it’s not easy as Google Reader became a very sophisticated product.
But if Google decided to kill Google Reader, isn’t that a clear signal that this is not the way to discover content in the future?
RSS readers have provided a content aggregation service that’s been extremely useful a few years ago. But as I commented when Google announced the end of its reader, the world has changed fast since then. Aggregation is not enough any more. We need curation which means more filtering but also more context and meaning. We need perspectives from human curators who will not only aggregate but also filter and share their insights at the same time.
The irony is that these content curators need tools like RSS readers to make their job easier (hence the fact we offer the ability to add RSS feeds to your Scoop.it suggestions and even a whole OPML file – the Google Reader format you can use to export all your RSS organization from there).
But let’s not confuse the means with the end.
See on techcrunch.com
“We need curation which means more filtering but also more context and meaning”
I totally agree with that!!!
I have 16261 unread articles sitting on my “Akregator” reader right now!
That’s why I built http://www.pragmaticrss.com – it allows you to filter (by giving a score) the articles you want given the keywords you’re looking for (and real easy!).