do you ever think about how google made a really good RSS reader, waited for everyone to switch to it, and then killed it, basically killing RSS
@dankwraith I am now.
i hadn't wrapped my head around how many services Google has axed until listening to someone (Jim Sterling maybe?) talk about Stadia and then launch into a full list of things the Goog' has pulled the plug on.
i just enjoy asking people "are you on Google Wave" whenever trying to make plans. and "friend me on Orkut" is like the very online version of hit me up on my beeper.
@dankwraith yes, i will never forget. now I pay to use a RSS reader. fuck google.
@dankwraith I used to love Firefox and Mozilla but I feel like their shit is bad now
@ipslfn google deliberately sabotages their websites to run worse on firefox so that people will switch to chrome, but also firefox is fine
@dankwraith I get that, I held on to a super old version of SeaMonkey forever cause I'm overly particular about UI and add-ons and stuff. Them changing up their whole add-on scheme irked me. I just notice Firefox proper in general runs worse on my personal desktop, period. I switchced to a Chromium variant, which I don't like but it works about as well as can be expected for me.
@dankwraith At work, on Windows they both work about as well for me as far as I can tell, and have both installed, but at home on Linux, there's somethin rotten about it, and Waterfox too.
@dankwraith @ipslfn I've switched full-time to Firefox, but it's made it clear how much they tie to their other services and products. They really do work worse in Firefox, have missing features, and don't work with hardware, like Chromecast. Which I've still not found a good replacement for with how our family uses it.
@dankwraith even Opera is putting ads in my phone notifications now. fuck everything.
@dankwraith i'm really reliant on multi-account containers these days. it's a great feature, and it feels like stepping backwards whenever i use other browsers.
@dankwraith shouts out to Firefox, who fixed their issue on Windows on snapdragon that was causing a bluescreen when you watched videos. Now I don't have to use edge anymore
@dankwraith Yet let's not forget about how much of Google advertising money is in Mozilla/Firefox...
@dankwraith I use Vivaldi, Firefox had some weird changes made and I love Vivaldi's customisability
@dankwraith While I agree, I'm glad they're effectively killing EV certs by making them appear no differently, meaning that scummy companies like GoDaddy are one step closer to going out of business.
@dankwraith and harvesting data. they are first and foremost a private surveillance company. all the tech companies are to some degree, but it is the foundation of google's business.
@dankwraith Embrace, extend, extinguish
@dankwraith Assuming this is because RSS readers aggregate content and Google wants to be the only content aggregator.
@dankwraith not quite as much their fault, but the dead Google project that I'm most bothered by was when they were trying to digitize every out of print book they could get their hands on but negotiating the rights was fundamentally impossible
@dankwraith I think about this at least once a month. also QPX Express
@dankwraith RSS isn’t dead, in fact a brand new RSS reader was released today for free. I never used Google reader, and a lot of other people didn’t either. As far as I can tell when it died it didn’t change anything. All the RSS feeds are still around, and so are the readers.
@dankwraith Google Reader taught me to never get attached to a google project.
@dankwraith I think about this all the time. Also still using RSS just to spite them 😂
@dankwraith I try not to
@dankwraith Their stranglehold over email makes me very nervous for not this reason, but similar reasons.
@dankwraith Every week when I reflexively type reader. google.com into my address bar and sob.
@dankwraith RSS is dead?
It's still working great for me. I still see webfeeds everywhere!
@dankwraith wait WHAT. IS THAT WHY RSS DIED. I FUCKING LOVE RSS AND I NEVER KNEW WHO KILLED IT
@dankwraith I actually was just thinking this
@dankwraith But it was in the context of how rad it would be if we had federated RSS readers. I mean how hard would it be to bolt that shit on to mastodon?
@dankwraith And by saying RSS is dead you may scare some people away from RSS, killing it even more. That makes it harder for people who still use it and works to keep it alive.
This is a joke
@dankwraith I wish they'd do that with the internet.
Humanity's two greatest mistakes.
@dankwraith all the fuckin' time, and even though I didn't use their RSS reader I'm still mad as hell about it
@dankwraith RSS is alive and well. Bandcamp is the only site I've had to abandon because of an RSS shut-off.
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