Friday, February 25, 2005

Bloglines removed private feeds after selling out?

Bloglines is a great web-based blog/news aggregator service that I have been using lately. Simple, easy to use and available from anywhere. Mark Fletcher, the founder of Bloglines seems to have a knack for making useful web-based services, generating a fine user-base and selling out for millions. Earlier, he sold egroups.com to yahoo for $432 mil. Bloglines was sold to Askjeeves recently, for an undisclosed amount.

There is a social aspect to bloglines, so if people choose to make their blogs publicly available, that can be used to tell you related blogs you should be reading, etc. The set of blogs, or your blogroll, is a revealing thing about your interests and thoughts, and maybe some might want to keep part or all of it private. They used to have such a feature, but have removed it, apparently, after being sold to Askjeeves. I was unable to mark a feed as private which I used to be able to do.

On an average, it seems that 25% of people keep their subscription public. Have we been silently robbed of that feature?

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