Google Kills Google Reader

Today is a sad day for RSS fans everywhere. Google has announced that it will be shutting down Google Reader on July 1, eliminating one of its most useful services and leaving folks like myself scrambling for a replacement.

It's not a shock, given Google's other priorities, and it's not irrational, given that Reader isn't exactly a major revenue generator, but it still hurts to lose something so great. It breaks my heart to see one of the wealthiest companies in the world kill a truly delightful product so that it can focus its attention on others that are substantially less useful and enjoyable.