From the comments section of Matt Haughey’s post about the demise of Google Reader, the tech behind it, and current alternatives.
“I believe that Google Reader is the snowpack of social platforms. That the hard core information consumers you identify are likely the curators, contributors and distributors of content. Removing that from the ecosystem could wind up causing a drought of content.
Mind you, those curators and information junkies (me included) will find other services to perform these tasks. So my guess is that the impact will be limited. Yet, I think it’s Google that loses here by giving up such an important part of that ecosystem. Which is why I don’t think it should be looked at as a profit center”(just as G+ isn’t.)