If you use Bloglines as your blog feed reader, then you need to read this post! Ask.com, the owner of Bloglines, announced on Friday that the site would be shut down on October 1, 2010.
In a post on the Ask.com blog, Ask.com president Doug Leeds explains the decision supports the company's goal to focus efforts and investments on its new Q&A service rather than the dying RSS feed reader business. Leeds wrote:
"As Steve Gillmor pointed out in TechCrunch last year, being locked in an RSS reader makes less and less sense to people as Twitter and Facebook dominate real-time information flow. Today RSS is the enabling technology - the infrastructure, the delivery system. RSS is a means to an end, not a consumer experience in and of itself. As a result, RSS aggregator usage has slowed significantly, and Bloglines isn't the only service to feel the impact.. The writing is on the wall."
If you use Bloglines as your feed reader, you have three weeks to export your feeds to another service, such as Google Reader. You can get all the details on the Bloglines website.
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