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Monday, September 13, 2010

Goodbye Bloglines

Accessing my Bloglines feeds earlier today, I was greeted with the message:
As you may have heard, we are sorry to share that Bloglines will officially shut down on October 1, 2010.
As a matter of fact, I hadn't heard, but I'm not surprised. As the (owner of Bloglines) blog indicates, "being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people as Twitter and Facebook dominate real-time information flow."

With the closure of Bloglines, I'm removing the link from the sidebar and will see about migrating the feeds elsewhere. Somehow I doubt I'll reinstate them somewhere similar, instead going with the flow and letting Facebook and Twitter drive people's intake of information.


  1. I guess that makes me old fashioned, since I love my RSS feed reader.

  2. Same here, thank god I switched to google reader months ago... I don't even understand how tweeter and facebook are supposed to replace rss, they are completly different things...

  3. Just imported all my feeds to Google Reader account, fairly seamlessly. Will need to explore how to share those feeds, like I did with Bloglines. Thanks for reminding me jajandio.

    I think Twitter and Facebook are supplanting RSS readers (not RSS itself, but the readers) because they're basically integrated with RSS anyways (content can be automatically generated by the RSS, short link and all) and they deliver the links or what have you to mobile devices. Google Reader may very well do the last, but not in the same way, since Twitter and FB work to point people to a web page, not present the content in most cases, at least. This is an important distinction for people making blogs and other web sites, because then Twitter and FB get people to visit their own sites, increasing traffic and therefore advertising $$ and other revenue. It might not all come down to $$, but remember that people on both sides (readers and the people making the content) have an influence on what's more popular.

  4. Everyone gets their information from Facebook and Twitter these days. :/

  5. I know those words, but that sign makes no sense.


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