Andy on Twitter

  • The great thing about Twitter is being a able to have chats with my President. All one way but chats just the same. He's in Sicily!,
  • Peter Farrell is so impressive. Such an amazing Aussie brand and product. Solving real issues. Sleep disorders are a disease.,
  • As much as I complain about airlines huge thanks to for great service on my epic SYD-LAX-AUS-SFO-SJC-LAX-SYD-ADL trip,
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  • Just finishing preso on Mobile experience has by far the worst airline mobile app I've ever reviewed. Shocking. @epicfail,
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The Google Reader Rant

Ranting on technology is a popular and shared past-time. Once the dust settles, the echo-chamber dials-down, and the crowd points to the solution to whatever has befallen us, its worth reflecting on what actually might have happened.

In cancelling Google Reader – a product I love and use daily — Google might just have done us all a favor. Now, do many of us wish they’d kept the old steam-engine of RSS readers trundling along, for sure. But would it have benefited us in the long-run, no.

  1. Killing an average product makes way for better products — and even opens a door through which those in existence can creep. No longer in Google’s shaddow, they shine. And so, I met Feedly.
  2. Those better products, benefiting from a flock of new users hopefully thrive.
  3. Google can pursue its true intent of being a platform and not a tools company. Google+ is a platform. Facebook is a platform. Reader, yeah, it was good but it was just another tool. In fact, the tool becomes a threat. As Nick says:
  4. “Tools are threats to platforms because they give their owners ways to bypass platforms. If you have a good set of tools, you don’t need a stinking platform. If you’re happy with RSS, you’re a little less likely to sign up for Google+, or Twitter, or Facebook. At the very least, the tool gives you the choice. It grants you self-determination.”

In short, focus benefits the owner as much as the customer. Forget the ranting, embrace the platform and keep reading. The technology industry has an amazing ability to fill the gaps with more innovation – and the innovation is shifting the the platforms.

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