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Unofficial or not, @bloglines did exactly what I would have expected an organization to do - respond quickly and helpfully.

This is what librarians do, and it reminded me of Kate's post about their library suggestion box.

The answer, actually, is no - and I think there's a lesson in there for libraries.

When announced they were ending Bloglines, that's what they said - service will be terminated.

I'm hoping someone will take over Bloglines and continue it, but just in case, I've been testing replacements and thought I would share my findings.

(I've heard that RSS readers are a thing of the past, but I have also heard the same thing about email, radio, and libraries, which are also things I use almost every day.) Anyway, the two I looked at were Tiny Tiny RSS (tt-rss) and Net Vibes.

Facebook's customers are its advertisers, and Facebook users are the product.

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It makes me sad because I've depended on it for years, personally and for work.

I say "familiar" after reading about the future plan for Bloglines - fewer features and more ads.

To me, this indicates a shift in focus, from "user as customer" to "user as product" (meaning, "what's good for me" versus "what's good for them") - which gives me zero incentive to use it anymore*.

Specifically, these were: Tiny Tiny RSS One catch with tt-rss is that it's not just an online reader like Bloglines, but software you install and host yourself - or, if you're like me, ask someone else to host for you (word up, Chris).

But listen to this: Blake Carver of has created to host tt-rss for librarians to use! Mainly because it's a little bit faster, it lets me email posts (I'll have to work on the link issue though), I can set individual feeds to show either just titles or entire posts, and it seems closest to what I was used to Bloglines.

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