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March 12, 2005

Bloglines & RSS aggregators

It appears that the free online RSS feed aggregator Bloglines has been down since yesterday evening. I've heard that this has been happening fairly often, though itís the first time I've noticed it. With just under 300 feeds under various categories, I'm quite eager for service to resume so that my subscription list may be exported at the very least.

Services such as Bloglines are a godsend for anyone following a large number of writers online. Like other news aggregators it alerts you when a channel (blogger) has a new post, allows you to save interesting posts, display new posts as a newspaper, view posts by week/month, and organise feeds into folders. The service also indicates how many other people have subscribed to a given feed. The principle advantage of a web based solution is that your subscriptions can be viewed regardless of location; data is stored remotely as opposed to locally.

Luckily, the latest version of Feeddemon, created by Nick Bradbury now allows synchronisation with Bloglines or NewsGator (another online service). The benefits of a more powerful software application can now be enjoyed without losing flexibility. The full list of improvements in version 1.5 can be found here. At $29.95, the product is a bargain given the feature set, the product's continuous development and the speed of response in the support forums.

Strangely, I can access Bloglines though the Warwick University proxy. The problem be with my ISP (BTYahoo), but no other site has proved problematic. :/

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