Google Reader was wonderful. The feed reader made it easy to keep updated with RSS, share/like favorite posts internally (with other users) and externally (via blog widget). In my experience Google Reader gave blog updates a longer shelf life than Twitter does. Plus, it was easy to organize feeds via topic. Unfortunately, Google didn’t seem to realize or care about what it had and eliminated all the useful functionality in favor of the half-assed Facebook wannabe, Google +. The history is broken down by Buzzfeed FWD – Google’s Lost Social Network.
I wasn’t as invested in Reader as much as the people in the article, but the beauty of Reader was that it was simple and functional at either end of the user spectrum. Google really blew it.