RSS is not dead, but with Bloglines, one of the most venerable web-based RSS readers is about to close shop next month. According to a report on TechCrunch, Bloglines’ parent company IAC will make an official announcement later today and shut the service down on October 1. In the early days of RSS, Bloglines was the go-to feed reader for early adopters. Over the last few years, however, the company struggled to innovate and hold on to its users.
Bloglines was founded by Mark Fletcher in 2003 and acquired by IAC/Ask.com in 2005. While it was one of the early success stories of the RSS movement, the service never managed to get its groove back after the launch of Google Reader and a number of technical issues that made Bloglines very unreliable for a while.
Who else turned off Google’s instant search feature as soon as they figured out how to?