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Google is killing its RSS feed component Google Reader!

What a tragedy!
Firing off my browser today like most days, I was naive enough to believe that today was like just another day. Unfortunately when I tried to access Google Reader, I was confronted with a message in the Reader View like this:
Google Reader will not be available from July 1, 2013

Google Reader will not be available from July 1, 2013

And then I started to realize that world will be never be the same again for me! Words like retire, offline, shut down, discontinue, close was flying over my head just as they do in cartoons. Just kidding 🙂
As part of her second spring of cleaning Google just announced that she would be Powering Down Google Reader on July 1, 2013.
What a tragic end that would be for poor folks like me who start off their day’s activity by reading the rss feed items off the Google Reader 😦
Maybe we shall have to get used to using desktop apps like FeedDemon or web apps like Feedly for they can seamlessly import Google Reader’s feeds.
I think we all the know the main reason behind Google‘s decision to take this measure as it’s trying its utmost to publicize its very own social media weapon Google+.
If you are among those who use Google +, here’s a good post detailing How to Survive the Switch from Google Reader to Google+. Unfortunately I am not among the fans of Google+ yet.

Google Wave Invite Giveaway: Win a Google Wave Invite for Free

Google Wave

Google Wave Invite

“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises. ” – Leo F. Buscaglia

“Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” – Buddha

“Happiness is not so much in having as sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Norman MacEwan

Happy holidays folks!

I have a number of Google Wave invites which I want to share with you guys out there.

I know that there are numerous ways one can get hold of the invite like following the #GoogleWaveInvite hashtag on Twitter, to keep you updated with possible free invites.

Or request an invitation to Google Wave here.

But these have been well documented by social media sites like Mashable through Google Wave Invites: How To Get Them and Want a Google Wave Invite? There’s a Website for That.

Do keep in mind, when I send you an invite, you might not get it right away. This is what Google Wave had to say about this:

“Google Wave is more fun when you have others to wave with, so please nominate people you would like to add. Keep in mind that this is a preview so it could be a bit rocky at times.

Invitations will not be sent immediately. We have a lot of stamps to lick.

Happy waving!”

Presently Google Wave is in a limited invite-only preview. That is, for now, only limited users are allowed to try their hands on this online tool. I have got 8 wave invites to give away to my readers.

About Google Wave

Google Wave is an online tool for real-time communication and collaboration. A wave can be both a conversation and a document where people can discuss and work together using richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.


What is a wave?

A wave is equal parts conversation and document. People can communicate and work together with richly formatted text, photos, videos, maps, and more.

A wave is shared. Any participant can reply anywhere in the message, edit the content and add participants at any point in the process. Then playback lets anyone rewind the wave to see who said what and when.

A wave is live. With live transmission as you type, participants on a wave can have faster conversations, see edits and interact with extensions in real-time.

Source: Google Wave

How to Enter

1. Please leave a comment at the end of this blog post using the email address you want the invite to go to. In the comment section you just need to say which particular post you liked in my blog giving a reason as why you think that post to be the most likeable.

2. Please make sure you follow my Twitter account @velvetflair. This way you would also get to know updates about this contest on Twitter. In any case, I would return the favor to you by following you back.

3. You are allowed to comment only once, so take your time to prepare a good one and then post!


* Each winner will receive a Google wave invite.


* Give away will end on December 30, 2009.

* Winners will be announced on this blog itself and on my Twitter profile @velvetflair on the 1st of January, 2010.

* The best answers from the comments section will be chosen (provided the rules are followed) and the wave invites will be sent to their authors.

Update: Seems Google got impressed with me and thereby increased the number of invites I am allowed to have up to 25. This is good news for you folks out there. Hence, the number of invites I will be sending out over the course of this month is 25 now. Here’s the screen shot of my invite page for the insatiables amongst you:

Invite Page


As an added bonus here are some of the top Google Wave videos making the rounds in the web:

Google Wave Developer Preview at Google I/O 2009

Google Wave Overview

What is Google Wave?

Google Wave: 15 features

Google Wave Cinema: Pulp Fiction

Keep Waving!

How Google is responsible for Twitter’s Terms of Service: All your Tweets are belong to us!

Be warned this is two post sandwiched into one as I try to delineate Twitter’s Google connection.

On the 5th September, 2009 not only did Google change their logo, but they also tweeted the following message on their @google Twitter feed:

1.12.12 15 1.18.5 20.15 21.19

This is a coded message. It’s very simple to decode this message! All you need to do is write down all the letters of the alphabet and number them in sequential order ( A=1, B=2, C=3, and so on). Once you decode this message it will read: “All your O are belong to Us“. It is Google’s reference to the popular internet meme “All your base are belong to us

The explanation of this “Unexplained Phenomenon” can be found here.

Now onto the real thing. Few days back Twitter also changed their Terms of Service. What’s more Co-founder of Twitter Biz Stone blogged about Twitter’s New Terms of Service.

Under the Ownership clause he said:

Twitter is allowed to “use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute” your tweets because that’s what we do. However, they are your tweets and they belong to you.

Now can anybody see the connection between Google’s unexplained phenomenon or mystery with Twitter’s change of heart about their terms of service?

Doesn’t the above paragraph about Twitter’s copyright policy sound very contradictory? On one hand, they are saying our tweets are our property while Twitter is allowed to do whatever they like with it. Huh! To me in plain-vanilla English it means – Tweet as you may but “All your Tweets are belong to us” 🙂 What do you guys think? All opinions are welcome because “All your Opinions are belong to me” 😉