I can't speak to this guy's motivations, but my tuned-up sensitivity to marketing/advertising has my radar going off.
At least I get a nifty anecdote to go along with the self promotion.
That being said, good move by said person for content marketing.
No one (well, almost no one) would have known who this guy was and that a company called Storyworth existed, but now a lot more people will know about it and how the founder is older and wiser now compared to when he was at Google :)
The real question--unaddressed in these tweets--is why Google insisted on such a large user base to keep a project going.
So who are Storyworths competitors? They can have my money
It was probably better for my productivity, I suppose, but I still miss it.
It was surprisingly well done. :(
I basically just stopped dealing with RSS when reader folded up even though it was adding something to my life. I'm back to checking the same sites over and over throughout the day.
I think the thing that had me, was Reader was a great way to expand you communication in the groups you were already in. I didn't have to join a new community. I was bringing new topics into mine.
New syncing systems came up in its place, but it fragmented the market and different apps started using different backends, or their own paid backends, and there was no longer a de-facto standard backend protocol that everything supported.
That said, I wonder the details of why it was discontinued (the gritty details available to the final decision makers) and whether those same people who blame themselves today might still have decided to discontinue it had they had the total picture.
Well, good thing RSS is still not completely dead and there are services like Digg which are still maintaining a good Reader.