Bloglines Saved by the Bell

megaphone clipartI have been fretting about what to do about the Bloglines feedreader service I use to subscribe to blogs. Today I got my computer back and when I opened my email I dould the message below and shouted ALLELUIA!

We have some exciting news to share about the Bloglines service!

As you may have heard, Ask.com (http://ask.com/) has entered into an agreement with MerchantCircle (http://www.merchantcircle.com/) who has agreed to keep Bloglines up and running. Stay tuned over the coming months as MerchantCircle works to improve the Bloglines service by creating a richer and more local user experience.

In the near term, your news feeds and access to the service (with your same password) are still available.  You can read more detail about MerchantCircle and its plans for the service at the MerchantCircle blog (http://www.merchantcircle.com/blog/) and the Ask.com blog (http://blog.ask.com/)

For now, here’s what we want you to know:

.       Timing: Ask.com will maintain the current Bloglines service as is until December 1, 2010.  After December 1, 2010, the service will transition wholly to MerchantCircle.  During the month of December, you will be able to easily port your feeds over to the MerchantCircle-powered service. It’s an easy process, and we.ll provide you with complete instructions well in advance.

.       Logging-In: You will keep your same password as before.

.       Current Bloglines features: Your Bloglines subscriptions will seamlessly transition to the MerchantCircle service, however, the Clippings Tab will no longer be available and you will not be able to transport saved articles to the new service. We’re very sorry for any inconvenience this will cause; the infrastructure requirements and costs are simply too great to justify maintaining this type of archiving feature.

We hope you’re as excited as we are that Bloglines will live on. Please send any questions to bloglines@merchantcircle.com — we are listening! However, we ask for your patience with response times during this transition. In the meantime, please check back at http://www.bloglines.com for updates and, coming soon, a new FAQ page.

Sincerely,

The Bloglines / Ask.com Team

7 thoughts on “Bloglines Saved by the Bell

  1. Just started looking into Bloglines. I really like the ability to aggregate content so easily. I can have all my feeds in one place and the interface is easy to use.

  2. Of course, there’s no accounting for taste, but as far as I’m aware, Bloglines has nothing comparable to the feature I just described, which is just a simple “Next” link on your Firefox bookmarks toolbar which, when clicked, takes you to the most recent unread post in your RSS subscriptions — not to the post within the Google Reader shell, but directly to the actual post on the web. Which means you don’t have to click through to read comments, or to read the whole post in the case of partial feeds — you’re already there. I’m not sure how widely used this feature is, but I love it.

  3. But why not just get a Google Reader acccount and import all your feeds? I switched three years ago and never looked back — GR is so much more feature-rich. For example, I use the “Next” bookmarklet to go from blog to blog in newest-post-to-oldest order without having to interact with the GR interface at all. It’s kind of like a cross between Bloglines and StumbleUpon, if you can imagine such a thing.

    1. I like Bloglines and I’m not keen on Google reader. I have never used it. I’m not clear on what you are describing but thanks for chiming in. :)

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