I’ve chronicled my adventures with Bloglines before, several times, in fact. I was not happy when their new “beta” was released, but after several revisions, it proved to be a worth successor. Some time ago, I switched over full time to the beta version and never looked back. It’s better looking, smoother, with a much more modern feel to it. However, from time to time, it’s done weird things.
Most recently, I realized that it simply stopped updating certain feeds. One, in particular, was TUAW. I later found that TUAW had moved their feed to Google, and were 301 redirecting requests to their RSS URL, http://tuaw.com/rss.xml. Bloglines is supposed to follow 301s, but in this case, it just stopped updating the feed. Other feeds has items that were clearly missing. All of this came to a head yesterday when I was having regular troubles just getting into Bloglines at all.
The lack of any sort of Sync API and the lack of tools being developed around Bloglines forced me to make a decision: am I going to stick to Bloglines, which has worked well for me for a long time now, or jump ship?
Suffice it to say, I’m back on Google Reader. The things that really annoyed me are mostly fixed: the site is much faster and smoother than before. My only gripe is that when I click on a feed, the items must be scrolled past in order to be marked read. I preferred the Bloglines “classic” way, which was clicking on a feed immediately marked all items as “read.”
Anyway, we’ll see how things go with Google Reader. You can be certain I’ll report back on the situation.