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RSS inventor doesn’t see what all the fuss is about closing Google Reader

March 15th, 2013 · No Comments

Google’s decision to shut down its popular RSS client service, Google Reader, has some people in an uproar. Dave Winer, one of RSS’s creators, has a different reaction: “I won’t miss it.

Winer, who created the first version of RSS in 1997, continued, “Never used the damn thing. Didn’t trust the idea of a big company like Google’s interests being so aligned with mine that I could trust them to get all my news.”

While Winer may not miss it, at least one petition asking Google to keep Google Reader alive has now topped 100,000 subscribers. Winer’s heard from some people who don’t want Google Reader to go. His reaction generated “a lot of traffic and a fair amount of hate from people who love Google Reader and probably don’t like to hear from someone who uses RSS who won’t miss it (i.e. me).”

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