Powering Down Google Reader: Well, this is unfortunate: Google is killing Reader.
There are two simple reasons for this: usage of Google Reader has declined, and as a company we’re pouring all of our energy into fewer products. We think that kind of focus will make for a better user experience.
I can think of no other web-based software service that I’ve used longer than Reader. I’ve been using it practically since it was launched in 2005 (I defected from Bloglines, which is apparently still around).
I load Reader at least a half-dozen times a day. It’s one of the first links I hit when I log on in the morning, and checking it is part of my standard routine when I return to my machine after lunch or a meeting (email, Reader, Twitter, USA Today Big Page…okay, the world is still around).
The demise of Reader is really just a manifestation of the decline of RSS in general. Somehow, RSS just slowly slid off the radar, done in by Twitter and social media, I guess. A pity, really, as RSS still has so much to offer.