Bloglines

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Bloglines I feel a little behind the curve admitting this, but I just discovered Bloglines, the web-based RSS/Atom reader, a few days ago and have already ditched SharpReader (sorry Luke!) to use it exclusively.

The interface is just so clean and easy to use. It seems like aggregators should always have been web-based. Here are some of my favourite aspects so far:
  • Web-based so when I read from home or from work I don't need to sync my feed list (or remember what I've already read).
  • The blog reccomendations feature is awesome. Since it is all centralized and they can easily compare people's subscription lists, this is definitely a no-brainer for them to do, but something that is near impossible with a native client aggregator. My reading list has already expanded immensely.
  • Seeing who subscribes to my blog. 1-click ego surf.
  • Aggregate information like most popular feeds, new feeds, overall directory etc. Dave Winer has been improvising similar functionality with things like weblogs.com and the Share Your OPML project, but it always relied on explicit user interest and buy in. Bloglines gets all sorts of interesting data for free just because they have a kick-ass service that creates such data as a side effect. Don't make me generate and upload my OPML file... just manage it for me!
I also wrote a small bookmarklet to facilitate the adding of subscriptions to my Bloglines account. To add the bookmarklet to your browser just drag the following link to your Bookmarks or to your browser 'links' bar.
Subscribe with Bloglines

Then when you are reading a weblog you would like to read with Bloglines, just click the Subscribe with Bloglines button (or select the bookmark) and you should be taken to the Bloglines weblog subscription page showing information about the weblog and asking for confirmation. Note, you will need to already have a Bloglines account and already be logged in. Also, not all weblogs have RSS/Atom feeds and so Bloglines may have some troubles determining the RSS/Atom feed for the site you would like to subscribe to.

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Welcome to the Bloglines troop!

"Seeing who subscribes to my blog. 1-click ego surf."

---> In fact, you just may see the ones with public subscriptions. Not mine, at all. Heh. ;-)

It's true.. those are just the public subscriptions. But it somehow seems nicer to see a list of userids that opted to share their feed list than counting unique IP addresses in my log file that hit my RSS file :)

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