Bye Bye Bloglines

by Greg on September 14, 2010

Many people subscribe to blogs via the blog’s RSS feed rather than visiting the site or “following” them or, well, anything else. As of October 1st, one of the bigger readers, Bloglines, will be gone.

There’s been some talk in the blogosphere about whether RSS is “dead” or not. Whether new technologies and the social experiences we have will render the subscription model dead. I don’t think so (and I’m not alone on that), but I also don’t lose sleep over the question.

If you used Bloglines, you are going to need to take action before October 1st if you want to keep receiving your subscriptions. I use Google Reader for the same task – and there are instructions available for how to import your Bloglines’ subscriptions into Reader.

You can read some opinions about readers and a bit of convo about the “RSS is dead” issue over at Liz Burns’ A Chair, A Fireplace, and a Tea Cozy blog. Even a rant! And if you’ve got a favorite reader, feel free to share the info here or there – I think a lot of folks will be grateful.

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Liz B September 15, 2010 at 4:06 am

Thanks for the link, Greg!

And now I’m off to read the TechCrunch article about RSS.

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Liz B September 15, 2010 at 4:19 am

Back. OK, it still looks like Tech Crunch is saying it’s gone because a, the person in the street doesn’t know what it is, and b, it’s not social. A doesn’t matter, there are many things we use or are end users for with no understanding or awareness of how it works. And back to b with the social.
I will be so glad when the spin for “social” (in this article they say “share”) being attached to everything goes the way of synergy as an overused buzz word.
I also felt a whiff of — what — elitism? “I have to read thousands, but the reg’lar folk don’t.” Of the people on the Internet, many professions other than TechCrunch writer (or techy) requires looking at many different blogs/newssources, even more so now with what is going on in today’s media.

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Greg Pincus September 16, 2010 at 7:26 pm

Yeah, I think different people work online in different ways, and RSS works well for me and many folks I know. I don’t think it’s gonna go away, but I also don’t dismiss the idea that something better will come along that’s more user friendly.

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elizabeth September 16, 2010 at 4:59 am

RSS is dead? This is the first I’ve heard of it! And I can’t imagine! If not for subscribing, then for disseminating one’s own feed. Granted, I tend to subscribe via email more than anything else. But Jacketflap is based on RSS feeds, as is my yahoo home page. I just can’t even imagine RSS going the way of the mammoth. Too strange. e

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david e September 20, 2010 at 5:23 am

i found bloglines (like many of the products in the ask.com family) frustrating to use over time and, truth be told, ugly to look at. i switched over to feedly.com a couple years ago and never looked back. it uses google reader and twitter as its base and they are constantly upgrading and making changes that i’ve found make it friendlier to use.

as for rss being dead, i think there’s something deep within humans that make us want to be the first at something — seeing a band before they were famous, seeing a movie before our friends, etc. perhaps it comes from a feeling of having been late to a technology in the past, or feeling burned by ever-quickening obsolescence, which i think makes for these “the death of…” pronouncements.

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