I was just reviewing some old RSS feeds via AOL Reader
(which I am trialling), when I spotted this bloggerindraft
blogpost from November 2011
:Blogger’s Brand New Google+ Page
(Copied below sans
Earlier this week, the Google+ team launched Pages, a new way for you to keep up-to-date with your interests and build relationships with the people who share them. Today, the Blogger team is launching our own Google+ Page, and we’d like to invite you to add us to one of your circles.
By adding Blogger's Page in one of your circles, you'll start seeing updates from the Blogger team in your Google+ stream. You’ll also have the opportunity to engage with other bloggers by writing comments on the posts. Here's a quick list of what to expect:
•Product news and announcements
•Video Hangouts with the Blogger team
•Spotlights on Blogger users and their blogs
•Pro tips from the Blogger team and other users
Lastly, be sure to mention +Blogger when you share your own tips -- if we come across something particularly helpful, we may reshare it. See you on Google+! Posted by Lisa Ding, Community Manager
Posted 10th November 2011 by A Googler
The thing is, I and probably tens of thousands of other people never wanted
stupid and pointless-for-users proprietary Google+
in the first place, and resented their puerile attempts to coerce us to use it as our "social notworking tool of choice", to make the coffee or whatever, and
to read all of our newsfeeds - rather than using Google Reader for RSS (as we currently do).
So what did Google do? Well, apparently, one of the clever things they have done is to take away Google Reader - thus making one less reason for not
. Smart, eh? I presume this could make some kind of sense if you were absolutely desperate
to create/force more eyeballs onto the proprietary Google+
feeds, if only to avoid the marketer's nightmare of a Second Wave
, which could permanently tsunami your career prospects at Google.
So, if you wanted some real
reasons (as opposed to all the stupid fibs and prevarication) for killing off Google Reader, then one could probably be that it had
to be sacrificed at the alter of Google+ - a cuckoo project that probably "cannot" (i.e., must not) fail.
The histories of IT organisations are littered with the corpses of such "cannot fail" projects, and their inventors. The deciding factor is not how strongly some idiot executive insists - beyond all reason - that the experiment must
work, but when business reality takes over and someone sane counts the costs and cost-benefits, and then pulls the plug.
Here is a picture of an approach recommended by the NZ SSC (State Services Commission) for scrutinising and aborting runaway cost projects.
(Notional project cost curve showing funding, and termination points when accepted costs are exceeded.)