Bloglines Not Aging Well



bl-logo-large JPEGAs the Internet space grows there are going to be some casualties for sure. As to who they are that remains to be seen because you just never know. This space is changing rapidly and what used to be the “latest and greatest’ can quickly turn into the lamest and not so greatest’.
The latest ‘victim’ is Bloglines and Michael Arrington of TechCrunch tells it like it is

The once-great feed reader, bought by IAC in February 2005 for around $10 million, has been on life support for a couple of years now.

A two year old beta site with new features remains in beta and has never been launched on the main domain name. A band aid was put on the problems the service had a year ago, but not a single new feature of note has launched since then.

Repeated attempts to sell the service for next to nothing went nowhere. And recently, we’ve heard, IAC strongly considered simply shutting it down. The team ultimately decided not to, but they are clearly looking for a long term home for the project.

NewsGator recently went back into the swamp as well. With Twitter and Google Reader covering just about everything you need to keep up why do you need anything else.

What do you do to keep up with the information tsunami that comes at us 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? What tools do you rely and what do you see as the future?

  • http://andybeard.eu Andy Beard

    But GR & Twitter don’t support authentication
    .-= Andy Beard´s last blog ..Crazy… But I Haven’t Been Drinking =-.

  • http://www.marketingpilgrim.com Andy Beal

    @Andy – you are probably the only one that needs that! ;-) I’m joking of course, but I’m sure 99% of RSS users don’t actually need authentication support.

  • http://blog.feedly.com Edwin Khodabakchian

    Have you had the chance to testdrive feedly (http://www.feedly.com). It is an RSS reader which looks like a magazine, helps you find the best sources and has one click sharing with twitter and friendfeed.
    .-= Edwin Khodabakchian´s last blog ..Feedly Cover – Iteration III =-.

  • http://www.makemoneyvideoblogging.com/ James Mann

    I have been using Bloglines for quite some time and have no problems with it. It’s basic and shows me what I want.

    I don’t look at other features so I guess I don’t know what I am missing by not using other readers. I will have to open Google Reader and see what it has that might interest me.
    .-= James Mann´s last blog ..How To Make Money Over the Internet =-.