An Experiment With An Expiration Date? Ctd

Like Fallows, Ezra is afraid to get invested in products that Google might kill. In response, Drum identifies why Google’s failed products are particularly disruptive:

Ever since the birth of the PC, you’ve taken a risk when you buy a new product. If it succeeds, it’ll be around for a long time. If it doesn’t, it will die. Google isn’t breaking any new ground here.

What’s different is that Google’s products are all cloud-based. When Google Reader goes away on July 1, that’s it. It’s gone. If it were an ordinary bit of software that I’d installed on my PC, this wouldn’t be a problem. It would keep on working for years even if it never got another update. I’d need to replace it eventually—because of an OS upgrade or a desire for new features that finally got too strong—but I’d probably have years to work that out.