Archive for the 'Bloglines News' Category

Bloglines Scheduled Maintenance

Construction

Source: Wools, License

Tonight, we will be moving a database to a new set of servers. The scheduled maintenance is expected to occur on 9.30 from 9:00 PM PST to 11:00 PM PST. During this time, Bloglines will not be available.

– Eric Engleman & The Bloglines Team

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Bloglines for the iPhone and Mobile Phones – Reminder

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Last week, I met a big name blogger who is also a dedicated user of Bloglines.
I couldn’t help but notice his iPhone typing skills. He was clearly pounding out
at 40 words per minute which is super-fast on the iPhone. I was really excited to
hear his impressions on iBloglines, our iPhone optimized version of Bloglines.
Unfortunately, he hadn’t heard of iBloglines. I was crestfallen. I realized I needed
to do a better job telling Blogliners about our great products.

No better time than the present to remind everyone of the great Bloglines mobile
products. We have 2 major product sets: iBloglines for iPhones and Bloglines for
mobile phones.

iBloglines for iPhones – located at i.bloglines.com

Pin – Save the story for when you get back to your Mac or PC.
Email Articles – Sharing is fun.
Search – Find the latest buzz with our blog and feed search.
Auto Refresh of “My Library” – No need to hit refresh to get the latest updates.
Hide Images – We know EDGE is slow, and your time is valuable.
Preferences – Personalizing is essential. Our Blogliners love to personalize their experience so they can optimize their feed reading flow.

Bloglines for Mobile – located at m.bloglines.com and m.beta.bloglines.com

Why two different versions of Bloglines for mobile phones? One is Bloglines Classic
(m.bloglines.com) which has been around for years.
The other is our new beta product (m.beta.bloglines.com)
which has the latest set of enhancements.

Bloglines has had a leading mobile feed reader for the last couple of years. It’s always been one of our key product strengths. So we were really excited to make our mobile product even better. We were busy over the summer re-writing the mobile code from the ground up. A new version of mobile is available as part of the Bloglines Beta Releases. Go to m.beta.bloglines.com on your cell phone. When we feel it’s ready, we’ll make it available on Bloglines Classic. Key Features

  • Start Page – Your Bloglines Start Page is displayed at the top of the screen. This way you can pull your favorite feeds to the top.
  • Pin (formerly known as Keep New) – Sometimes you want to save that special post to read later when you’re not on the go.
  • Pagination – Instead of loading all of your posts, we parse out the posts into smaller bundles to fit into the memory constraints of cell phone browser. This has numerous benefits including improved speed, better reliability and safer “mark read” behavior.

Enjoy

Eric Engleman and the Bloglines Team

Bloglines Scheduled Maintenance

Construction

Source: Wools, License

This evening, the Bloglines Plumber and Team will be implementing network upgrades in our data center. The scheduled maintenance is expected to occur on 11/27 from 8:00 PM PST to 10:00 PM PST. During this time, Bloglines will not be available.

– The Plumber and The Bloglines Team

Spammer Impersonates The Bloglines Team

Over the weekend, a few individuals, including some of us who work on Bloglines, reported receiving Spam from Bloglines. It was a surprise for us and the few other Blogliners who also received the emails. While the total number of emails sent appear to be small less than 1,000, we think it’s serious enough to address because the spammer impersonated official Bloglines correspondence.

The Event

Emails were sent recommending several posts on a Chinese Blog via the “send a post to a friend” feature on Bloglines. The email ended with a signature from “The Bloglines Team.” The emails were not sent by anyone associated with the Bloglines Team.

The Actions Taken

We monitored our logs and suspended the spammer’s IP address restricting their usage of Bloglines. In addition, on Monday 11/19/07, we briefly shut down the “send email” feature on Bloglines to further monitor the situation.

FYI

Bloglines sends out email to our subscribers for purposes specific to operating Bloglines (registration verification, change password, change of terms of service and other policies, significant product announcements, etc) Most product announcements can be found on the Bloglines News Feed. We take your privacy carefully and will protect our customers from spam.

Take Care.

-Eric Engleman and the Bloglines Team

Bloglines’ Volunteers Wanted!

Blogliners, we’re looking to meet you face-to-face for some quality time to discuss how you use a feed reader. We’re looking to meet people who are new to feeds and feed readers. We’ve met a lot of people over the past few months at conferences, the forums on the web, etc. And we love meeting our power users, but now we need to find some users who are new feeds and feed readers.

Here are some key questions to determine if your right for our customer research:

  • New to feeds and Bloglines in the past year.
  • Consider yourself a non-techie.
  • Willing to do some “homework” about 10 minutes a day for a few days.
  • Have broadband.
  • Live in the Bay Area – a must.
  • Willing to meet with our researcher for 90 minutes during the week of 11/29 to 12/7.

Modest compensation will be provided for you time.

Since we know that Bloglines attracts a wide set of people, we want to get a good mix – all ages, home or work users. So we’ve created a short (5 minute) survey to help us find the folks who best represent the Bloglines audience. In turn, we’ll contact you to arrange a meeting with our researcher. If you’re interested, please check out the survey.

Thanks so much!

– Eric Engleman and the Bloglines Team

Bloglines Top 1000 – “Pitchfork: Today” Blasts Another 790k Ranks

We were anxiously awaiting the second week of the Bloglines Top 1000. We had no idea what was in store. To our surprise, we saw what we thought was a bug.

Pitchfork Media “Pitchfork: Today” skyrocketed 790,000 ranks. That’s right 790,000 ranks to land at 448. We double-checked the numbers and they are correct. Remember, we have millions of feeds in our database, so it is possible to jump thousands of ranks in one week. However, we will consider new ways to report this.

Sew Mama Sew “Sew, Mama, Sew” continued to move its way up 352 rankings.

Confessions of a Pioneer WomanConfessions of a Pioneer Woman who debuted last week moved up another 303 ranks to land at Rank: 697.

IT @IT broke into the top 1000 last week with a big push from our Japanese Blogliners.

Search Engine JournalSearch Engine Journal rose with a combination of news and helpful how-to articles like, “10 Places to Fine Free Images Online and Make Your Content More Linkable.

– Eric Engleman & the Bloglines Team

Bloglines Experiences Downtime – Team Monitoring Situation

As many of you might have noticed, yesterday afternoon, the Plumber returned– Bloglines experienced some downtime. The team has been looking into the situation and has attributed the root cause to multiple machine hardware failure due to human error.

As people who not only work on Bloglines, but use Bloglines, you can be assured that we’re monitoring the situation closely and will put improvements in place to prevent downtime in the future.

– Eric Engleman & the Bloglines Team