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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4 Comments:

Blogger Mark said...

Hi, thanks for the comments about me and Bloglines. We haven't removed any features from the system, and indeed are hard at work on new features right now. I just double checked on the site and you can still view the public subscriptions of other Bloglines users.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Praveen said...

Hey Mark -- I was talking about being able to selectively mark my feeds as *private*. As far as I look, I cant seem to be able to do this. And I think I used to be abke to.

12:26 PM  
Blogger Skitz said...

So, I just recently subscribed to americablog.blogspot.com using one of the syndication options [SUB BLOGLINES], and it added the blog to bloglines successfully, and I was able to mark it as either public or private at that time. I think what might have changed (or not), is that after you have subscribed to a blog, is there an option to change that blog from public to private or vice versa. It seems that you can only select public/private upon subscription to a new blog. It might be useful to edit this after the fact. I have also not been able to do this, but it might have always been so. I can't say forsure.

3:07 PM  
Anonymous Azzari said...

Praveen, isn't it nice to hear from Mark himself just by writing a blog post! This is just one of the many ways that I find blogging so amazing.

And Skitz, I think you are right. When adding a new feed, I can still set a public/private view, but once subscribed, there doesn't seem to be a way to change that value.

7:57 AM  

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