Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bloglines Shutting Down on October 1, 2010

Just found out that Ask.com is closing Bloglines on October 1, 2010. This means if you have a bunch of RSS feed links stored in Bloglines you need to find them a new home.

If you have an account you need to export your feeds quick, fast and in a hurry. The instructions are on the front page of the Bloglines website.


I know that many people used Bloglines access multiple web locations no matter where they were or what machine that they were using. I certainly used Bloglines for class related sites and to track various types of information. It was very helpful.

Alternatives to Bloglines


If you have a Google account you can import your Bloglines feeds into Google Reader. This way you can continue to access and track websites from home, work or school.

My problem with using Google Reader is that I don't want all of my RSS feeds in the same place. I have entertainment links, educational and research links that shouldn't be intermingled.

Desktop Readers:

Windows users might want to consider installing Feed Demon and Mac iPhone, iPad and desktop users may want to swing over to installing Net News Wire.

E-Mail RSS Readers:

Your e-mail program may have a News and Groups/RSS reader function. I use Thunderbird as my e-mail program and a supplemental RSS reader. Microsoft Outlook and other e-mail programs have similar functions.

The only problem is accessibility away from your primary computer.

Twitter and Facebook

Yes, this is an option if the website or blog faithfully announces new posts in their feeds. Not all do. And strange as it may seem not everyone has a Twitter or Facebook account.

You really should have some kind of link management or tracking system as long as it supports your online experience and your research needs.

4 comments:

Jennifer said...

"My problem with using Google Reader is that I don't want all of my RSS feeds in the same place. I have entertainment links, educational and research links that shouldn't be intermingled."

If you are switching to Google Reader, it has a tag feature that is invaluable for solving this issue. Within GR, just click on "Manage subscriptions" (usually at the very bottom on the left), then click "Change Folders", then click "New Folders" (once you create folders, the new folder option moves to the bottom), type a name and click ok. You can add one link to multiple folders/tags. It is a handy way to sort your feeds - and help you not play on work time!

See also http://www.google.com/support/reader/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=70550

Gena said...

Thanks Jennifer. I am one of those weak willed women who would find a reason to go into the folder I shouldn't be messing in.

I using Thunderbird to keep stuff separate for right now but it does involve remembering where that link for the web site is or did I just bookmark it.

MCain said...

Do you think Technorati is a good alternative? I asked a distance librarian for alternatives to Bloglines, and he sent me this, but Technorati is not on the list:
http://socialwebtools.info/top-10-social-aggregators/

Gena said...

Honestly, no. To be fair, Technorati has been around for a long time. The original concept was that folks used Technorati links on their site and users would search for those same links.

Thing is, not everyone uses Technorati. A lot of excellent sites are ignored and you have to weed out junk and spamish sites that have no hesitation about using tags.

I guess we are in a holding pattern between old tech and new aggregators.