→ 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 backend1, it would mean a true “end of an era” for a widely used Mac app2.

  1. 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. 

  2. I am making the assumption that people will not be content to just use Black Pixel’s ecosystem on everything.