There’s not much to say that hasn’t already been said. Marco Arment makes a good point that ever since Google Reader destroyed the RSS reader market with it’s free cloud-based service, innovation in the area has become stagnant.
We’re finally likely to see substantial innovation and competition in RSS desktop apps and sync platforms for the first time in almost a decade.
Stephen Hackett writes that whilst some people have switched to Twitter from RSS for news, it certainly isn’t for everybody (myself included).
For my part, however, I hate using Twitter like this. RSS is nice because everything comes in flooding in, but stops, waiting on me to hit “Mark All As Read.” On the other hand, tweets stream by, endlessly, without regard to what I — as the user — am doing. If something goes by, it’s gone, unless I sync my timeline or read back until the point I left off.
Google has never been able to monetize Reader since their API means most users won’t log into the site – in fact I can’t remember the last time I did. This has nothing to do with usage and everything to do with the fact Google has this platform it just can’t monetize.
I use Reader every day but agree with Marco, the sooner it goes then the sooner some real changes can be made.