Hey responded because you insulted him. Of course, you were right. Enough people hate dave winer that RSS does need a new face, but you, like a lot of writers, backed down when confronted with him. You should have stuck to your guns, because you were right.
Ridiculous to even consider? What a ridiculous thing to say. There's plenty of other ways to stay in touch. You're using facebook, as is your friend. Don't pretend that without it you're out of the loop. It may take a little effort at first, but you could do it. Hyperbole doesn't help anyone.
This is what's really killing it for me. If it wasn't so slow and bloated, I'd use it much more. Instead, I usually just pull out something quick like AstridTasks or another note program. Only the big stuff I save on evernote.