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Tuesday, February 08, 2005

The trouble with online aggregators

In light of the recent acquisition by Ask Jeeves of Bloglines, I have exported my Bloglines OPML file. Just in case. Because, according to the Ask Jeeves blog:

We will take our time determining the optimal business model for the service....

As much as I love Bloglines for everything from keeping up with news, blogs, weather, light cones, Dilbert, recipes, e-mail, ego tracking, looking at beautiful photos, and more, I'm concerned about what that business model could do to my online experience.

There are several other online aggregators out there. Currently, I'm trying The Port Network's web reader. So far, so good. Instead of the usual legal backtalk, I wish one these companies would just come out and say, "hey, we're probably going to bombard you with ads at some point," in their privacy policy.

Posted by Marie at February 8, 2005 1:04 AM


Or start charging for "premium" services. I am keeping a cynical eye on things.

Posted by: Doc at February 8, 2005 1:57 PM

Marie, m'lady, if I may recommend:

Newsgator (

Stole me away from Bloglines in a heartbeat for one feature: When I click on a blog, all posts are not automatically marked "read"... meaning if my connection at work craps out (as it wants to do a lot) I can go back later and the articles are still there.

Plus it's not always telling me to get firefox, and suggest other RSS feeds based on what I have (which is enough...) :)

Posted by: ben at February 8, 2005 7:14 PM