Ronny Lam

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Lockdown

Google Reader has been discontinued. And while I was mad about this when I first heard it, it’s actually a good thing. It opened up a whole new market for RSS-readers, a market that was initially killed by the same Google Reader.

Marco Arment has written a great analysis about Google, Reader and the RSS-market. His conclusion is spot-on:

That world formed the web’s foundations — without that world to build on, Google, Facebook, and Twitter couldn’t exist. But they’ve now grown so large that everything from that web-native world is now a threat to them, and they want to shut it down. “Sunset” it. “Clean it up.” “Retire” it. Get it out of the way so they can get even bigger and build even bigger proprietary barriers to anyone trying to claim their territory.

I totally agree with Marco here. It’s better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life.

We need to keep pushing forward without them, and do what we’ve always done before: route around the obstructions and maintain what’s great about the web. Keep building and supporting new tools, technologies, and platforms to empower independence, interoperability, and web property ownership.

Killing Reader in favor of Google+ was the worst thing Google could do, but now that they did, it’s actually the best for the market.