Tragedies happen every day in this crazy world, and journalists, jaded lot that they are, stare them down unflinchingly. Once every so many moons, however, there comes a crisis so devastating that even the most hardened souls simply shatter into pieces.
Today, dear friends, Google announced that it will shut down its RSS reader on July 1. Here is how Twitter reacted. (Warning: Rampant, uncontrollable profanity to follow.)
NOOOOOOOOOOO GOOGLE READER IS GETTING SHUT DOWN. sfbne.ws/ZMl6SK-- Ernie Smith (@ShortFormErnie) March 13, 2013
This is all a dream this is all a dream this is all a dream.-- Jessica Roy (@JessicaKRoy) March 13, 2013
Suddenly feel blind upon learning Google is killing Reader. What now? I didn't like NetNewsWire. So cold and alone-- attackerman (@attackerman) March 13, 2013
"What the fuck you gonna do about it?" - Google-- Matt Novak (@paleofuture) March 13, 2013
Well, at least we still have Google+?-- Scott Bixby (@ScottBix) March 13, 2013
There, there. There, there.
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“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.