Bloglines press release: “In addition to helping address bandwidth concerns, Bloglines Web Services transform hundreds of thousands of existing feeds into ‘clean RSS’ and insulates developers from the current blog syndication format wars. This interoperability will encourage broad adoption of news feed technology among content publishers and consumers.” Step back and ponder for a minute what a bold statement that is. I don’t mean the bits about the politics or bandwidth savings. How do you feel about the prospect of having a Bloglines middleman at the heart of your blogosphere? This is a fundamentally different kind of play than spec’ing a format or running a ping server. We’re talking about handing over control of the individual transactions between publishers and readers in all respects: when, what and how. Why would I want to give it all away to a little startup with no discernible revenue? As a weblog consumer, there’s nothing in this strategy that benefits me concretely. Just remedies to vague concerns about potential future bandwidth problems and vague promises of increased adoption. I think adoption is doing just fine. The bandwidth problems may come, there are occasional hints of it as new publishers figure out RSS, but in the meantime it’s a bad bet, not to mention centralized and unbloglike. Beware of strangers offering candy. Particularly when you can’t see the candy. A better solution is out there somewhere. Maybe it involves Jabber, or clever Apache modules that know how to parse XML as they deliver a feed, or BitTorrent, or…

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  1. I hear you on the middleman… though for now I am willing to accept that in order to get my feeds syncing across apps. I’d certainly prefer to have full control, but I already use Bloglines now anyway so they are already a factor for me.


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