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I am happy to share with you all that Bloglines will continue – MerchantCircle, the largest online network of local business owners, has agreed to manage the Bloglines service for us and keep it up and running with no interruptions for our users. That means your data is still there, intact, and you can continue to use your same log-in and password as always.
When we announced that we were going to discontinue the service to wholly focus on building out our Q&A offering (you can read about some of our latest developments on that front here and here) it was nice to hear such positive comments from our Bloglines users. There was definite interest in keeping the service alive, and we were approached by several third parties with proposals about how to do so. Given our user feedback, we were extremely motivated to push these conversations forward.
MerchantCircle is committed to providing a great experience for both existing users and the 1 million local business owners they serve in their network. Stay tuned to the Bloglines website for more updates on some cool features they will likely start testing next year.
I want to thank our patient users for sticking with us over the past few months as we’ve taken the steps to close the service, and now to extend it, through the agreement with MerchantCircle. It’s been a long road, but it feels like we’ve come to a point that’s a win/win for us all.