Reader: A Missed Opportunity?

Google Reader has been a quite popular, if geek-centered service, with a social bent…

With the announcement that the service will shut down on July 1st, and all the millions of dollars, hours spent, and investment in competing with Twitter and Facebook, I find myself wondering:

If Google had invested more in Reader as a social networking platform, would they have done better than they did with Orkut, Dodgeball, Jaiku, Wave, Buzz and Google+?

(Time: A Brief History of Google’s Social Networking Flops)

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