Inventor of RSS perfectly okay with demise of Google Reader
His first sentence sums up his feelings succinctly, “I won’t miss it.” Winer does elaborate a bit however and his thoughts were not kind to Google. Moreover, he ribbed the users out there too that depend on such services.
Indeed, if Google Reader was that important to you, “Next time, please pay a fair price for the services you depend on. Those have a better chance of surviving the bubbles.” It is certainly possible survive the demise of Google Reader by using any number of other services.
It is a fair point, with the giant elephant leaving the room, there is going to be a huge opportunity for alternative, and arguably superior, RSS feeders to work with. In addition, news scripts can include features that are important to them but maybe were not permitted by Google in the past. It is a back-door way of controlling what news is available to whom.
So, if your routine will be disrupted by July, you have a lot of choices to work with up to and including signing on to a petition to hopefully keep Google Reader around. However, if the guy that invented the standard is not concerned, take a page from his blog and assess your needs.
sources: Dave Winer via Gizmodo