Bloglines gets much cooler

In: Blogging

8 Jul 2004

Bloglines turned 1 not too long ago and crikey(!) did they add a some cool new features to the plain old feed aggregator. The new look is also a refreshing change (though the old utilitarian look suited me just fine too).

Sceen capture of new Bloglines look


The Clip Blog feature is perhaps the very coolest. It’s a convenient way to save “clippings” from blogs or sites you read in Bloglines.

Screenshot of Bloglines Clip Board administration interface


Bloglines explains what Clip Blogs are for:

When you see something you want to save or share in your feeds, just one click posts it to your Bloglines Clip Blog.

I have mine setup right here to play around with. The unfortunate thing is that there is no RSS feed to it (there is a “Subscribe” link, but it seems to be in a Bloglines-specific format). It works fine within Bloglines though, and that’s the whole idea I guess.

And finally, I can get Bloglines to sort my feeds. I have a whole lot of them (on the right sidebar) and they were sorted by the date I added them. Not the best arrangement but it’s grown so big I just couldn’t get down to organizing them into folders. Well, at least alphabetical sorting is slightly better. I’m not sure if this is new, but I noticed I can now check a box next to each feed and move them into folders.

Screenshot of Bloglines feed organization


And this citations search feature doesn’t beat Technorati, but it keeps track of all citations to date (whereas in Technorati, old backlinks drop off the listings).

Bloglines made Time Magazine’s list of 50 coolest websites and it deserves to be there. If you use a RSS reader or feed aggregator of some sort, and are disatisfied with it in some way, give Bloglines a go.

8 Responses to Bloglines gets much cooler

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Phil Ringnalda

July 8th, 2004 at 4am

There is an RSS feed (roughly speaking: delivered as text/html): just add “/rss” to the URI. It’s just that because you can’t really affect anything outside the posts, you’re stuck with a Bloglines subscribe link, and what’s probably a sitewide template putting in autodiscovery links for four standard Bloglines feeds, but not your feed.

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Cheah Chu Yeow

July 8th, 2004 at 10am

Oh dang that really was a valid RSS feed. When I opened http://bloglines.com/blog/redemption/rss in Firefox before, it displayed the contents as plain text. It was only when I viewed the source that I realized it was in RSS 2.0. My bad.

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Bryan Price

July 8th, 2004 at 11am

Sorting has been available for awhile now. It wasn’t quite “right”, as it looked like folders were to be sorted to the end, but they weren’t, so I put everything in a folder. And management was broken with Mozilla (1.6 to 1.7) with Tab Extensions loaded. I haven’t played with the new system, so I don’t know if I need to go bitch at the Tab Extensions people yet or not, haven’t had to play with it yet. When I do, I’ll be bending their ear. :)

I like the fact that you can set the sorting – permanently! Before, I’d have to through and manually resort. No more. And you can set it on a by folder basis, so the “Important” folder can be sorted by oldest/latest first.

Evidently they’ve replaced the http://www.bloglines.com/public/username/ with http://www.bloglines.com/blog/username/, which kind of makes sense, but breaks existing links.

And yes, I love Bloglines.
My blog/blogroll at bloglines.

BTW, I love your enlarge the comments textarea! I may have a use for that! Although my purpose would be for the width, not the length.

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The BlogFather

July 10th, 2004 at 5am

Bloglines gets a makeover
Via Redemption in a Blog: Bloglines turned 1 not too long ago and crikey(!) did they add a some cool new features to the plain old feed aggregator. The new look is also a refreshing change (though the old utilitarian…

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