Today is Google Reader’s last day.

I long ago switched over to Feedly, but I’ve been experimenting with Digg’s Reader for the last couple days.

Neither is as good as Google Reader, though.

I loved the search capability.  When I’d write a linkaround, I’d just do a quick search in Reader and BOOM!

I’d have everything written about that topic from everyone I subscribe too.

And I subscribe to a lot of people.

That search feature was a big part of why I was upset about Google killing Reader.  And I alway wondered why they’d do it.

Turns out, it could have been costing them big time to comply with government regulations:

“In Europe they’ve had a regulation for years where basically, if someone requests that all their data on a site be deleted, the company must comply. Reader wasn’t compliant with that. So it comes down to, do you spend a lot more resources making the service compliant, or working on something new?”

The cost of complying with regulations can be high.

Stupid Europe and their stupid regulations.

In another case, Belgian and French newspapers sued Google for putting their articles in search results and showing snippets of the articles as previews. Litigation lasted for 6 years before a settlement was reached last year, in which Google agreed to cover the newspapers’ legal fees.

Google spokeswoman Nadja Blagojevic declined to comment about whether regulatory costs played a role in Reader’s demise. Google’s official statement on closing Reader only gave the reason: “usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products.”

Although Google would not comment on the cost of regulations, several job listings at Google allude to such costs.

So there it is.

Regulations killed Google Reader.

That’s what I’m choosing to believe, anyway.  It’s the most logical reason.

What are you using instead of it now?

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