Very interesting read at http://waxy.org/2013/04/the_death_of_upcomingorg/. I’ve loved upcoming since the day I discovered it in 2008 via twitter. Since then I’ve been an avid user. I kind of stopped using it and haven’t really replaced it - eg I don’t use meetup so much, nor lanyrd , nor facebook - I use them but that’s 3 services (I also have last.fm - but don’t use it much either).
Work wise I’ve been very close to the Lightning project, with all the above, you realize that “calendaring” is HARD very hard. There’s technical issues with it (eg a least 3 or four standards), but the worse aspect of it are the human/social ones , privacy respect, how to do invites etc …..
That being said I would glady pay a little fee for something like upcom.in - eg something as nice as pinboard.in that replaced delicious.
Once more I’m reminded that for data - the cloud can’t be a solution.
So it seems google will be shutting down one more free service, this time it’s the rss feed reader and the Caldv access to google calendars. While closing a free service that they probably couldn’t monetize is something I don’t mind much (also I wasn’t a big user of reader). it’s not the first time a free nice service closes (eg remember delicious ?). I’ve tried since the delicious issue to avoid free services for things I rely on. If I use a service that’s free, I need to be able to hack on it - so I can’t really depend on those web services. If my blogs go away - fine. If my videos go away I’m fine with that too.
I’m more concerned about the caldav going away, that locks some data to google services only and that’s pretty bad.
For those of you using rss and needing a replacement, I’m pretty sure you’ll find free services here and there - it’s not like reader was the only rss reader online. But if you think that the same story might happen with your new rss reading provider, maybe you could think about trying Thunderbird’s RSS reader :
Now what you’ll need to do to switch from Google reader is to get the opml feeds from reader and import these into Thunderbird. The procedure to export the opml feeds is described here : http://googlesystem.blogspot.nl/2008/07/export-feeds-from-google-reader-folder.html.
To import in Thunderbird you’ll first need to add an RSS account , by File -> New -> Other acounts -> blog and news feed. This will create a nice blog and news account , which will be empty. click on it (eg the line in the column on the left with the rss icon) and then choose manage subscriptions. Then click import and choose the opml file created earlier. You’re done !