Ping.it - the social content discovery service - has created five probes that will uncover the world’s reactions to the irrefutable retirement of Google Reader.
Five customized content ‘Probes’, created by Ping.it, will narrate exactly what is being published online as well as what’s popular in Social Media in relation to the Google Reader shutdown. Viewers can sit down and literally watch as the story unfolds.
Google’s decision to shut down one of its programs which, they said, had such a “loyal following” has brought large parts the internet together in public outcry and ferocious discussion over what is to come next in the realm of RSS feeds.
The first Probe, simply called “Google Reader”, shows any article mentioning Google Reader:
The next four probes uncover the social media demand of the Google Reader news stories by filtering their number of shares, likes, comments and tweets.
Here are links to these probes:
Following the termination of Google Reader, the Probes are likely to indicate the consensus of the future for RSS readers as a whole, with many arguing that ‘Google Reader died because RSS died’ due to its lack of targeting or personalization of feeds.
Ping.it was created to make use of the technology available today to create a more customized content platform. ‘Probes’ scour the internet to retrieve only the most relevant content for the individual user - tackling the issue of ‘information overload’ that Google Reader may have actually done more to fuel than to solve.