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AskJeeves to provide additional capabilities at bloglines

1:36 pm on Mar 30, 2005 (gmt 0)

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OAKLAND, Calif., March 30, 2005 -- Ask Jeeves(R), Inc. (ASKJ) today announced that Bloglines(TM), the world's most popular free online service for searching, subscribing, publishing and sharing news feeds, blogs and rich web content has released the first of a wave of new capabilities that help consumers monitor customized kinds of dynamic web information. With these new capabilities, Bloglines is the first web service to move beyond aggregating general-audience blogs and RSS news feeds to enable individuals to receive updates that are personal to their daily lives.


2:24 am on Mar 31, 2005 (gmt 0)

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Call me a cranky curmudgeon, but I'd prefer they actually improve the UI. I have about 150 feeds or so in my BL account, and recently thought about reorganizing them a bit.


I don't have the 3+ hours of time it'd take to do that. The re-org interface of BL is just horrendous. In fact, as much as I appreciate and enjoy the overall functionality of BL, the general UI needs a major, major, MAJOR overhaul.

Ideally, it'd involve DHTML, IMHO... drag and drop folders and feeds where I like 'em, drag individual posts into a "keep" or "send to friend" or "myBlog" bin, etc. I have fond memories of the now Yahoo-owned rich-app-style OddPost Webmail service, which was full of drag-and-drop goodness.

Right now, ANY operation requires an occasionally-very-slow reload of the page.

Package tracking? I can do that easily on Google, or even sign up for e-mail alerts from various shippers. Yawn.

I know, I know, I shouldn't look a gift horse, er, free Web service in the mouth, but heck... first things first, please. Improve the usability!


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