Google's Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President Technical Infrastructure and Google Fellow, announced on Google's official blog yesterday that the company intends to shut down some more of it's software as part of an attempt to 'focus' on building better products.
Out of the list of items to be terminated or limited, Google's 'Google Reader' software has attracted the most attention. 'Google Reader' is one of the leading RSS readers on the internet, and users launched a mournful bellow at Google's announcement to shut it down.
Since the announcement, outraged 'Google Reader' fans have put together a petition to keep it alive and amassed just over 50,000 signatures in mere hours after it's launch. A seemingly outraged Adolf Hitler appeared on youtube ranting about Google's stupidity and their desire to 'destroy everything good'.
Most think that Google is doing this to prod more users into using 'Google+', and a report from buzzfeed.com shows that 'Google Reader' gets much more traffic to news sites than 'Google+'.
The other software listed in the blog post did not acquire as much attention as the Reader did. Google will also terminate 'Google Cloud Connect', 'Google Building Maker' and 'Google's Search API for shopping'. Each will go offline at a different date and time.