Ah, meant to share this as well. Loved, loved, loved this article. (Shakes tiny fist at Google)
Rob Fishman for BuzzFeed:
On the last night of October, the Google+ integration went live. For days after, Readers kept browser tabs and mobile apps open, like voicemails from a deceased relative. With a single refresh, Google Reader as they knew it would be gone.
A fascinating, comprehensive background on Google Reader and how Google fucked it up with Google+. Also, I had no idea “Sharebros” existed.