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  • Malcolm Turnbull thinks Australia Post's CEO is overpaid - and it looks like he's the world's most expensive postie ,
  • “Algolia: The Most Impactful Early Sales Tactics” ,
  • DropBox story is just amazing – From zero to a billion in a decade ,
  • Wandered into JBHifi. Had what I needed on display but not in stock. Why merch what you don't have. Bring on Amazon. .,
  • Wow, was waiting for Amazon to arrive and nuke Aussie retail. Seems they Rent needed. Herringbone and R&B now in VA. ,
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  • Dan has some good thoughts here on defining social media success by on @LinkedIn,
  • It's like forgot about dashboard in OSX. Why not just remove it?,
  • Great thoughts on agile marketing. ,
  • They are back! I want one of those hats! Jamiroquai - Automaton via @YouTube,
  • What happened to our Democratic leaders ? The silence is deafening. Stand-up with us and fight this. ,
  • So many clever fintech startups emerging and getting funding ,
  • Reading the latest economist - strikes me how bad B2B advertising is. Why do Co's think animating bad ads makes them better?,
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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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