Wednesday, May 16, 2007

A Technical Question I'd Have No Idea How To Research

Is there any particular reason LiveJournal and Bloglines would not be playing nicely with each other these days?

I have a huge list of feeds, which I read through Bloglines, and I'm pretty sure I haven't seen updates from any LJ feeds in several days...possibly much longer than that.

Has LJ taken their toys and gone home (so to speak), or is there some other lurking issue? (Does anyone have any idea?)


Chris Roberson said...

I'm not sure what the problem is, but it's been going on for a while now. I finally switched to Google Reader a couple of months ago, after realizing that Bloglines hadn't been updating a few of my feeds for days and days. Took a little bit of adjustment to get used to Google's interface, but now I'm glad that I made the change.

Andrew Wheeler said...

I'm poking Bloglines's Customer Service with a sharp stick to see what happens -- transferring all of my 500+ feeds to some other service, one by one, would be a huge pain. (But I guess I might have to do it.)

Thanks for your experience; I've been looking at Google Reader a bit.

Leozz said...

Note: You don't have to transfer all of your 500+ feeds one by one. You can export them in bulk from Bloglines and import in Google Reader.

I did end up using my move from Bloglines to Google Reader as a time to cut down on the feeds I read, so I manually subscribed just the feeds I really wanted, thus cutting the chaff. However, I didn't have to do it that way.

Google Reader has a killer feature that makes it impossible for me to go back to Bloglines now - it has a much better idea of what I've actually read and what I haven't.

For example, if there is a feed that I haven't looked at for awhile - it probably has hundreds of unread items. In bloglines, at some point I just have to bite the bullet and click on the feed. Now the whole feed is marked as read and I better read all the items now or I'll never know which ones I've looked at and which ones I haven't.

In GReader, in an equivalent situation, I can go to the feed and then just look at each item in turn, and possibly leave before finishing reading the feed, while it will still remember exactly what I have and haven't read.

I'd certainly recommend GReader over Bloglines.

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