Did Google really need to kill RSS alerts?

I never used Google Reader, I didn’t like the interface. I always used Netvibes for my feeds, still do. One of the things that I liked to use it for was to set up alerts for phrases that interested me, create a Google alert and plug the RSS feed into the page. I could easily get 9-12 feeds on a page, enough to cover a theme.

Some of theme I’d check daily; others less often. It was very handy.

Now all the feeds are dead. I won’t be setting up email alerts to replace them, I don’t need this information pushed to me and I don’t want to fill up my inbox.

I understand the corporate need to kill off products, but if Google Alerts are being kept alive, what’s the point of handicapping them by removing this option?

It just feels a bit spiteful.

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