You can always use Twitter thanks to a cool web app by @benguild that finds the Twitter account associated with your favorite feeds.
While this probably isn't a proper replacement anyone looking for a new reader will use, it is a nice tool for finding your favorite authors and sites "official" accounts.
Why break an existing product while you build another? The features that set Reader apart from other feed readers are gone. Proper social features have been removed and replaced with +1 and share. When you look at the core users of Reader, what they actually do in Reader and what they want, this "update" is damaging.
I was waiting patiently for the ability to quickly and easily share to G+ from Reader. This addition works, although not very intuitively, but I'm glad to see it. However, I don't understand why the decision was made to remove all other social features.
Reader is about quickly consuming large amounts of data from feeds and (what set it apart from other feed readers IMO) other users can share an article with an optional comment inside that rapid data consumption environment. I no longer have a way to share and consume only articles without using a 3rd party product. I use G+ for social, not rapid consumption, there's waayy too much noise for that. Simply put, I don't have conversations in the middle of reading, I have that conversation after I finish reading. Unless a public stream can be split into its own circles, tags, wtf-ever, noone can have a public stream of only articles while using G+, unless that's all they use it for.
I suppose I could find a (non-standard) way to get a feed of someone's +1's, but this only gives me public shares with no comments. I most certainly can't get a feed of a private circle. There are no good options, aside from a 3rd party product. Feeds of private circles, tagging or circles for the public stream, or something far better, that you or I haven't even thought of, will probably happen one day, but as I already said, why break a working product while you work on another?
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