Switching To Google Reader From Bloglines

google reader loadingYes, after four years, I’ve switched from Bloglines (BL) to Google Reader (GR). GR seems a tad slower than BL, but I like its interface better.

Grow-a-brain‘s feed in BL stopped displaying URLs properly a couple years ago, such that all HTML was stripped from it, so you didn’t know what was a link; however, it works in GR.

One thing I don’t like about GR: a subscription isn’t automatically marked as “read” if I select it. I have to click a “Mark all as read” button or scroll through the items to mark them. Those few milliseconds of effort ARE noticeable.

Bloglines Withdrawal

www.bloglines.com:

The owners of the domain name bloglines.com are accepting offers from interested parties willing to obtain ownership rights over the domain name. You may learn more about how to place your offer by clicking HERE.

WHAT THE?! Someone forget to mail the cheque?

I backed up my blogline feeds about six months ago. Did you back up yours?

Online Bloglines alternatives:

I think Yahoo! has one, but here’s a list of some web and client-based programs RSS readers.

Update: J-Walk reports it’s working for him. Maybe it IS a Canadian thing. Here’s a screenshot of what I get (click to enlarge):

Bloglines is down?

Bloglines

bloglines screenshotI’ve been using Bloglines since J-Walk first posted about it a year ago. It’s…

the most comprehensive, integrated service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs, and rich Web content. It’s free and easy-to-use.

And it is. I use it to easily scan other sites for material to post on Steel White Table. It monitors your subscribed sites for updates, allowing you to see what’s been updated when. How does it work?

Many online information sources, including web sites, weblogs and news services, now broadcast their content to the web in so-called “syndicated feeds” or “news feeds” with new technologies like Really Simple Syndication (RSS) and ATOM. News aggregator software and services collect those syndicated feeds and present them to end users in a variety of ways.

Bloglines monitors those feeds and let you know when they’ve been updated.

Steel White Table has two feeds: one for new content, and one for new comments. The links for both are also at the bottom of the menu on the right.