On September 10, 2010 Ask announced that it was closing down Bloglines on October 1. On September 11, I removed my ‘subscribe to Bloglines‘ bookmarklet from the toolbar of my Firefox browser and closed my account for the last time after about six years of use – it had been a part of my daily routine and it feels really strange not logging in.
Today is Bloglines last day – and the farewell is best said with a bit of dialogue from Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels:
Instead I am now logging on to Fastladder. Fastladder is an English language version of a Japanese RSS aggregator Livedoor Reader. It’s mobile experience isn’t as good as Bloglines, but I found that I have started using my laptop on a 3G dongle and my mobile less since I moved to the iPhone from a Nokia E90. I considered, trialed and rejected Google Reader for a number of reasons.
- I go to China a fair bit and Google Reader is blocked
- Google Reader has some user experience issues, in particular the subscription process for a new feed it clunky compared to Fastladder or Bloglines. It is surprisingly un-Googly, Google is obsessed with imbuing products with social and forgotten about the user experience
- I think that its bad to have all your eggs in one basket