Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Bloglines: New Shutdown Date: 1 Nov 2010

A couple of weeks ago, I passed along news from Bloglines that said they were planning to shut down on the first of October. However, they appear to have postponed this. From the Bloglines home page:

The Bloglines service will officially close November 1, 2010.

If you haven't done so yet, you might want to export your list of feeds from your Bloglines account to a file on your own computer, and perhaps import this file into another service, such as Google Reader. Both of these things are easy to do. Details in my earlier post, if you want them.

Unfortunately, there does not seem to be an export mechanism for anything else, such as links to your saved posts, your clippings, and so on. I have sent three emails to the support address Bloglines gives -- bloglines-help@ask.com -- asking about this, and each time, I have received the same automated reply containing promises that are, so far, 100% empty.

So, boo hiss to Ask.com, the owner of Bloglines. In the meantime, you might want to get started on saving what you want by hand. (Apart from your list of feeds, I mean.) I interpret this extension on the shutdown date as all the help we're going to get.

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