Well fuck. Google kills google reader.
Some random points:
This is upsetting because I use the damn thing a lot, as @bobdc says:
I won’t miss Google Reader that much. I only checked it six or seven times a day.
— Bob DuCharme (@bobdc) March 14, 2013
At some point RSS became synonymous with Google Reader, now Google tells me that although it to me seems like “everyone” uses Reader, this is because I have geek friends, and “normal” people have no idea Google Reader exists. It is safe to say, that these normal people have even less idea that RSS/Atom exists and that there are choices outside of Google Reader. If not the last nail in the coffin for RSS, it certainly the BIG nail that made it impossible to pry open the coffin again. (It was already clear that RSS was geeky-poweruser only when Twitter killed the Atom feeds last year). Even if there now may be a market for NEW RSS Readers, and maybe even some innovation in that space, it wont matter any more, since people will just stop publishing RSS feeds.
RSS was probably the last standards driven eco-system where real integration of stuff happened in ways people probably didn’t foresee. I am sad to say so, but I cannot see FOAF pop up to kill the big social networks any time soon. OpenID became “sign-in with Google / Facebook / Yahoo” and the places where I can type in my OWN OpenID URL is again only hard-core tech places. OAuth2 is a mess where there is a Google version and a Facebook version, and interop is on paper only. We lost the open web and now we have APIs to a nice corporate sanitize social network.