The great thing about RSS is that no-one controls it — you can’t buy it, block it or ban it. It adheres to one of the web’s founding principles; “information wants to be free”. Meanwhile Twitter, Facebook and Google’s founding principles are closer to; “information needs to be monetised”.
Removing RSS support from Mountain Lion is one of, if not the, worst user-facing feature decisions I’ve seen out of Apple in a long time. And I’m sure it’s just a coincidence that it comes right when OS X gets built-in support for Twitter and, with a feature update coming this fall, Facebook. Did you notice Google has been slowly deemphasizing Reader as a product, long before it gutted Reader and ripped out all its sharing features?
Apple seems to have capitulated to these companies in not just giving them a Sauron-sized magnifying glass with which to observe more and more of what we do on the web, but ripping out OS X’s once-great support for our only alternative.
[via Final Boss Form]