Sunday, September 12, 2010

Bloglines is closing and a new form of spam?

If you haven't noticed, Bloglines is closing its service on 1 October. Being the responsible person, I've spent the morning wading though the various feeds. For anyone following me via Bloglines, Delicious, or the various Google services, you may notice that:

  • my Bloglines subscriptions are dropping at a fast rate (down to about 170 now)
  • my Delicious bookmarks have jumped up
  • my Google Reader subscriptions have jumped up

While moving subscriptions for active feeds, I noticed a new follower in Google Reader (Tims Club). I can't describe (yet) why I don't have a good feeling about this. My initial impression is this is something akin to referrer spam. I'll probably have more to write about this later.

Update: I managed to discover the "select range" feature and the trash can. The last 170+ subscriptions went away in one swell foop. The feature is in the left-hand menu. Click on "Edit" and scroll to the bottom. Read the text with the yellow background.