Facebook And Twitter Ended “Bloglines”

RSS reader and news source “Bloglines” will be discontinuing their service on Friday October 1. This has resulted from the ever increasing popularity of online social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook.

According to Samuel Axon at Mashable, Mark Fletcher, founded Bloglines in June 2003 but later went on to sell it to Ask.com two years later. In 2005, Bloglines saw over 200 million searchable blog articles. The concept for Bloglines was to give users the accessibility to follow their favorite websites on networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter. RSS was making this simpler by giving constant updates to readers so they did not waste time trying to search for sites.

In July 2007, Bloglines went a step further and introduced an iPhone version of it on their site. Just a month later, with yet another new idea, they released a public beta version of their site including drag and drop feeds in the feed page and the start page being customized. It was hoped to launch Bloglines into a different prospective.

But it seems, with the announcement from today, that the major problem Bloglines have had to contend with, is the ever increasing upcoming networking sites. For now, Bloglines will be shutting down in October and the advice for users is to export their feeds to another RSS app such as Google Reader.

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