Google Author pictures? Don’t throw out the baby with the bathwater!
If you have actioned authorship links there is no point removing them as your author name will still appear although your picture won’t.
What it might impact on is its continuing uptake as some ‘authors’ might not think the effort is worth the perceived returns as it’s extremely difficult to measure the impact that much social media activity contributes to your bottom-line.
The corollary might be that those who continue to use and add authorship facilities to their content will benefit even more in the future having taken the effort and shown good faith in its value.
I agree with the conclusion of the article but time will only tell though! Read it for yourself and comment below.