The 868,163 people who've installed Google's RSS-handling extension for Chrome can breathe a sigh of relief, because Google has resurrected it after its deletion last week.
"My RSS extension was removed by mistake, but it is now up again," said Finnur Thorarinsson, the extension's author, in a comment to a Chrome RSS-handling feature request. The extension detects RSS and Atom feeds on Web pages and lets people subscribe to them with feed-reading software; it's been updated so it no longer offers Google Reader as an option for subscribing.
RSS and Atom provide a mechanism to subscribe to Web page updates such as new blog posts, but they aren't a mainstream phenomenon. Plenty of tech aficionados lambasted Google for killing Reader, though, some because they find it a useful service and some because they're worried about relying on Google services that may vanish without much warning.
Add the Chrome RSS extension author to the list of those who's disgruntled. "I'm an avid user of Google Reader and am pretty unhappy about the Reader situation as well," Thorarinsson said.
He also added that people should be judicious when thinking about using clones of his extension.
"Some of them were copied a long time ago and have not been updated since," Thorarinsson said. "They might therefore be vulnerable to security issues and can not really be recommended without making sure they've kept up with the times."