I agree with L. M. Orchard (over at DECAFBAD), get over it. Since when does heavy use (or abuse) equate to death? What about IRC and e-mail? The only technologies that I've seen "die" are those that are proprietary in nature and someone wants more money for its use than the general public is willing to pay.
Note: this is one of the problems with ".NET". (Why should I pay a penny for a weather forecast when I can get it for free elsewhere?) Most .NET services are subscription based and are already available via SOAP, XMLRPC, or some other technology.