Bloglines Closing Oct. 1st: How to Transfer Your Subscriptions

Bloglines logoIf you regularly use Bloglines as your web-based RSS reader and news aggregator, you've already seen the news: Bloglines will close down on October 1, 2010.

Update: the deadline has been extended to November 1, 2010.

Like the Norwegian Blue, it will soon pass on, cease to be, push up daisies, run down the curtain, and join the choir invisibile.  Mashable says, "The Ask.com team that operates the site has essentially said that social media sites like Twitter and Facebook killed it."

If you participated in Project Play back in 2007, in the section on RSS and Newsreaders you were tasked with setting up a Bloglines account. If you want to transfer your newsfeed subscriptions, here's how to do it:

1. To export your Bloglines subscriptions follow the 3-step process illustrated at Bloglines.

2. If you don't already have a Google Reader account set up, watch the RSS in Plain English CommonCraft video to find out how.

3. Then import the OMPL file into Google Reader by following these steps: in Google Reader click the Settings link at the top right, then click Import/Export. Choose the location of your OPML file and click Import; Google Reader will add all the subscriptions in the list to your account and start checking them for updates.

Sources:
Bloglines
Mashable: Bloglines Will Shut Down October 1
Ask.com: Bloglines Update
Google Reader › Help articles › Reading › Subscribing › Import subscription lists
Project Play: RSS & Newsreaders
Monty Python's Dead Parrot Sketch transcript

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