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Company: Bloglines

Location: Oakland, CA

Founded: July 1, 2003 (Link)

Status: Acquired by Ask Jeeves on February 8, 2005 (Link)

What is it?

Bloglines is a free, web based RSS reader. It’s the most popular, with NewsGator/Feeddemon a close second by number of users. If you are new to RSS, Bloglines is a very good place to start (for a complete list of web-based RSS readers, see here).

Bloglines has a “two pane” format, with folders and feeds listed on the left (bolded if there are new unread entries), and content from the selected feed shown at the right. If you read content from a lot of sites, this is an excellent way to organize information. It’s also very similar to the interface for most email applications, so its familiar to most people right from the start:

Signing up at Bloglines is very easy. All they ask for is an email address and password:

Once you are a member, you have a variety of great tools.

Key Features:

– add feeds of your favorite websites (cut and paste, or add a button to your browser toolbar to auto-add any site you are on that has a feed)
– easy import and export of feeds via opml file
– create folders to organize content
– see the number of total subscribers for any feed, and see usernames of public subscribers
– add in feeds from any other subscriber (if you like their content)

There is also a very neat feature that isn’t discussed very often. You can create a bloglines email address. Any email sent to this address appears within your feeds. This is a great way to move newsletters and other interesting content from your inbox to bloglines.

Clearly bloglines is adding tools and features to make it useful as a portal/inbox. They’re adding things like “weather” to further this goal. Overall, we like bloglines over other current web-based RSS readers, although we’d love to see a tagging tool like Rojo (Rojo profile here).

You can see public feeds for any user at[username]. For instance, my public feeds are viewable at

Additional Screen Shots:


Mark Fletcher

Relevant Links:

ask jeeves acquires February 8, 2005
Weblog for Mark Fletcher, CEO of Bloglines
search engine watch best blog/feed search engine (March 31, 2005)
wsj article bloglines v. rojo
unbecominglevity bloglines review (2004)
PodTech interview with Bloglines founder

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  • Holden

    that is neat they are doing that. kudos to opera

  • Shortshire

    Finally, websites are going to compliant for Opera. Once they are all compliant I am going to back using opera as my primary browser.

  • Rob Olson

    I’m all about pushing websites to become standards compliant but pushing websites to fix their css because of a bug in Opera which is going to be fixed soon seems, well, stupid.

    IMO in the case of Opera bugs, their time would be better spent rushing the next release of Opera out the door instead of changing the internet one web page at a time.

  • ceejayoz

    I’m not adding in CSS to fix an Opera bug. Sorry, but we don’t get enough visitors using Opera to make the 30 seconds worth it.

  • ronbailey

    Sorry, but second rate browsers like Opera don’t matter enough for me to care. My advice would be to have the users to switch to Firefox.

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  • Nik Cubrilovic

    Well part of it is about bugs (such as in that email), but the bigger part of it is about standards compliance.

  • Mohamed Jama

    Kudos to Opera indeed but I think Nik used a wrong email to display, if the email was about the site not being standards compliance it would’ve been great but for a bug sounds bit oh well.

    ceejayoz and ronbailey , we shouldn’t force people to convert to firefox as a skillful developer you should attempt to please the user and help them have a pleasant experience using your site regardless which browser they are using, I know its not easy and its not always possible but atleast attempt not say comments like “its not worth it” etc..

    again kudos Opera

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  • rborn

    ceejayoz and ronbailey – even you don’t get visitors using opera, or simply you are not interested in how a site looks in opera doesn’t mean you must ignore that are people that use this.

    I think a real webdeveloper should try to make sites as cross-browser as possible, even if this ask more work, and brain…

    …and no, i don’t use opera, only for testing purposes, and cross-browser checks.

  • Milan Petrovic

    Opera is by far best browser on the market. This is on of the things that proves that. Firefox is too slow, uses too much memory, and more and more behaces like IE browser, with every version regressing rather progressing.

    Firefox 3 has too much bugs and problems with numrous plugins and websites to be used as a standard browser. Shame for Mozilla team to release such a bad browser.

    On the other hand, each Opera version is even fatser then previous, with new features, more and more compliant to various web standards that is proven by famous ACID3 test. Opera scores 83/100 and Firefox3 only 51/100.

    And recently anounced Dragonfly Developer Tools for Opera look much better then totally useless new Firebug for Firefox.

  • Michael

    >>And recently anounced Dragonfly Developer Tools for Opera look much better then totally useless new Firebug for Firefox.

    If you can figure out how to look at variables after a page has run, let me know. I tried it and I’m not at all impressed.

    And FF3 uses less memory than Opera 9.5, at least on the PC.

    I do like Opera 9.5, though. It’s the first version that has a good-looking interface, and it fixed the bug that was keeping things from rendering correctly on my site.

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  • Mitchell Harper

    Is this a joke? Opera has no right to send unsolicited emails to web masters regardless of whether it’s to do with standards compliance or not. Other browsers deal with quirks and so should opera – I guess that’s why it has a minimal market share if this is their approach (which won’t ever scale).

  • moltonel

    I dont see why Opera (or anybody else) should restrain from contacting websites about rendering issues that are the website’s fault. I do that myself as a user, but very rarely because of the time it takes. Kudos to Opera for hiring people to do this. It’s then up the website developer to decide wether he cares or not.

    On the other hand, asking the website to work around a soon-fixed browser bug is a waste of everybody’s time, especially with a browser whose userbase upgrades quickly. In the example above, couldn’t Opera release a per-website script that fixes the css at runtime ? They have a pretty neat framework for those things, AFAIK.

  • Chris Phillips

    I love to see Opera team explain how I can find a functions caller without have the caller passed as an argument since Opera doesn’t support arguments.callee.caller while every other browser does (IE4+, FF1+, Safari etc. etc.)

  • ZDnexus

    I can’t view and save background images from any website even the recent edition of Opera. However Internet Explorer and Mozilla can do that. Pictures over which text and images are layered over. There is no right key mouse command which can do that. Opera cannot be relied to do that.

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