Between a Rock and a Hard Place

There is an old adage that says you never know what you have until it’s gone.  But sometimes a product is so good, so incredibly useful, that you DO know what you have before it’s gone.  We have been using gmail since there was a gmail in 2004.  Before that we paid for an email service and have since cancelled it.  But as incredibly useful as it is, for someone who finds themselves having to keep up with news feeds on a regular basis, Google Reader is…and soon was…incredible useful.  It worked seamlessly with Google, it organized mountains of news feeds (our count here at No Prisoners, No Mercy long ago passed 100).  There was no firewall so high, nor so broad, nor so deep that Google Reader could not still keep the user abreast of the news, constantly informed at a moments notice or a few moments break.

Word on the internet highway is that Google Reader has been subplanted by social media such as Facebook and Twitter.

Twitter?  Really?

How can a one sentence Tweet take the place of an in depth article by Arstechnica, Game Politics, or Kotaku?  And Facebook?  Would this be the same Facebook that makes a home for wayward cows waiting to be clicked?  Social media may let us know what our friends are having for dinner, when a meeting is going to be held or the servers are back up but that is about as far as it goes.  In order to be informed we needed a way to be able to sort through mountains of media using a virtual thumb index that let us have easy access to the BIG PICTURE.  Google reader provided that and here is the kicker…did so transparently.

Does this mean we will stop doing No Prisoners, No Mercy and fade like so many others? Nope. (O.K. we thought about it for a few seconds). What will we do instead?

Frankly we have no idea.

Like so many others we find we have three months until we find ourselves between a rock and a hard place.

See you online…just not in Google Reader.

The No Prisoners, No Mercy Team

2 Responses to Between a Rock and a Hard Place
  1. Taman
    March 20, 2013 | 10:43 pm

    It’s really weird when something on the internet goes away. Maybe one of these could work for you? http://www.theverge.com/2013/3/19/4119006/the-best-google-reader-alternatives

  2. Sr. Julie
    April 4, 2013 | 6:24 am

    Thanks for the suggestions. In the end we chose feedly. We like the magazine type format (now we have an electronic newspaper every day). The organization is almost what we like (believe it or not we really liked being able to organize and index our subcategories). What we really miss is that Google Reader was so transparent…we could access reader from anywhere.

    Oh Well…c’est la vie…time to finish editing show 127.

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