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Marco Arment on the Post-Google Reader RSS Syncing

I agree with Marco on this:

> In the absence of major exclusive features or strong social lock-in, if you make a feed reader today, it better support multiple sync services. Conversely, if you’re making a service, it better have an API for third-party clients.

I hope Black Pixel is not seriously considering only using their backend[^fn1], it would mean a true “end of an era” for a widely used Mac app[^fn2].

[^fn1]: In fact, it would seem to me that they could end up making more money, with less headache, but just making clients for Mac and iOS that sync to various other services.

[^fn2]: I am making the assumption that people will not be content to just use Black Pixel’s ecosystem on everything.