(Repurposed from this thread.)
On March 13, 2013, Google announced the imminent shuttering of Google Reader to universally harsh backlash, my voice included.
After a couple of days I became curious about my use history and first grabbed the current, if flaky, stats from my GR account.
“From your 61 subscriptions, over the last 30 days you read 2,079 items, clicked 35 items, starred 2 items, and emailed 5 items.
Since March 5, 2009 you have read a total of 299,990 items.”
When this whole fracas broke out the total count was over 300k. And that ’09 baseline date seemed wrong too, so I hit this blog looking for clues.
I evidently first looked at using GR in 2005, and at that time contemplated a future migration by circa 2007, which appears to have occurred, with the driving motivation being multi-device-and-platform statefulness. The Symbian mobile OS incarnation (presumably rendering within Opera) appears to have been more satisfactory than the experience of using Reader on a Treo.
I have vague recollections of installing one or two PalmOS RSS clients that relied on cable sync back in ye olde Precellular Era; as I recall they would fill up the device with cached content very quickly.
Incidental to my use of GR, 2005 (and specifically October of 2005) marked a milestone in my life: Viv and I signed the purchase papers for our house the very next day after that ’05 post.
2007, the year of the next post, also held a major event in our lives: Rocket came to live with us on January 27 of that year.
I’m somewhat bemused by the relative frequency of my posts in that year; I had thought moving into the house here more or less just hit my mute button.
I wonder when I actually started using Twitter?