Have I mentioned how much I love Bloglines? I just sent them this via the contact form:
I would like to be able to see the public subscriptions of people whose blogs I like. Currently, this requires knowing whether they have a bloglines account and, if so, what name they signed up with. Would it be possible to annotate each blog’s entry in the directory with a link to the owner’s bloglines account, if they have one?
Also, when the ads start, please please please make the paid service ad-free. I’ll happily pay a reasonable fee for bloglines, which I think is the best thing since sliced bread, but not if I can’t get rid of ads.
I’ll update this post when I get a reply.
One other issue, not under Bloglines’ control: too many people have crappy feeds that show only the first few words, or just a headline. When I am trying to keep up with 126 sites, I want to be able to skim, and headlines-only feeds make that difficult. That’s what the new “full text feeds please” folder in my bloglines account is for: I’ll be quarantining those sites for now, and probably only checking them “by hand” once a week or so.
(The post title? “Full text feeds please” reminded me of Chomsky’s famous phrase. Perhaps you had to be
Update: it’s been pointed out to me that there are bandwidth issues with providing full feeds (although I think those are minimal if you only feed text), and, more importantly, that presentation is stripped bare in an RDF format. Full-text feeds are nice, but I am also happy with enough of an excerpt to give me a good sense of the post. I didn’t mean to demand that other people’s designs should be subordinate to my convenience, so I’ve changed the folder title to “longer excerpts please”, but I’ve let the post stand to remind me what happens when I post without sufficient thought. (I generally won’t delete anything, and I’ll always make original versions available.)
Update the second: Bloglines’ reply to my email:
We’ll be adding a directory of public feeds soon. And we currently are planning on having a no-ads version available when we do start running ads.