The number of Google products we’ve become dependent on daily is not a small number, especially if you have a phone using the Android platform. Besides Reader, what other Google apps or API’s have you invested in that may end up on the block in the future? Blogger? Picasa? Maps? Drive? Alerts? Gmail? The fate of Google Reader was certainly a cautionary tale.
Originally posted on Gigaom:
Google (s GOOG) today launched Keep, an app that allows you to save things, clip stuff from the web, hoard notes and what not and put them all onto your Google Drive. Yup, you guessed it — it is an imitation to Evernote and many other such applications. It is a good thing that Google has decided to compete with the likes of Evernote — it validates their market.
It might actually be good, or even better than Evernote. But I still won’t use Keep. You know why? Google Reader.
I spent about seven years of my online life on that service. I sent feedback, used it to annotate information and they killed it like a butcher slaughters a chicken. No conversation — dead. The service that drives more traffic than Google+ was sacrificed because it didn’t meet some vague corporate goals; users — many of them life long — be damned.