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3:53 am on Jul 31, 2009 (gmt 0)

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A very big player in the field of RSS has announced today that it will be closing down several free consumer services. Most notable is the NewsGator Online service, an online feed reader/aggregator, similar to Google Reader.

Although this service wasn't very heavily trafficked, it did serve as a point of feed synchronization for several reader platforms. If you're a user of NetNewsWire, FeedDemon, or NetNewsWire for the iPhone, then you will need to follow their Product Transition Instructions [newsgator.com].

They still plan to continue offering the NetNewsWire (Mac), FeedDemon (Windows), and NetNewsWire for the iPhone. That's good news, as they are some of the best stand-alone aggregator/reader software available IMHO.

Why are they shutting down these services? They say that their enterprise level business has really taken off and they want to focus on that.

As is becoming so popular these days, the company did not issue a press release, but rather posted to their blog. For more information:

From NewsGator:

  • Google and NewsGator – What’s It All About? [blogs.newsgator.com]
  • NewsGator Consumer RSS Reader Product Changes & Google Sync [blogs.newsgator.com]

    From Nick Bradbury - creator of FeedDemon:

  • The End of NewsGator Sync: What it Means for FeedDemon Customers [nick.typepad.com]
  • 11:31 am on Aug 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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    J.B. Holston, president and CEO, is talking about his favorite twitter tweets in the same post as he talks about shutting down the service.

    Irony.

    One less source of information is one less root for a healthy internet.

    10:23 pm on Aug 1, 2009 (gmt 0)

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    Good catch, Bill.

    In a similar vein, WidgetBox cut back its free offerings a few months ago. If you had a free widget, you could keep it, but for more, you had to pay. I paid and, ya know, it's like $30 or something a year for what amounts to unlimited widgets. Not bad at all, and with paying you get a few more ways to customize.

    People are looking for ways to maintain income. Free is not working for them.

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    NewsGator are suggesting users switch to Google Reader as an alternative to NetNewsWire... NO CHANCE!

    Google Reader is rank awful.

    It does not display all your RSS headlines, but rather selects which to publish. When I politely complained about this to their RSS bod, he emailed me back claiming this was viewed as "a feature".

    We don't even recommend Google Reader to our RSS subscribers.

    1:13 am on Aug 3, 2009 (gmt 0)

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    NewsGator are suggesting users switch to Google Reader as an alternative to NetNewsWire...

    Not exactly. As I read it they are suggesting the Google Reader account in lieu of the NewsGator Online service that was used to sync accounts among multiple machines. FeedDemon and NetNewsWire will operate the same.
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    One less source of information is one less root for a healthy internet.

    A healthy internet requires funding. Especially in the current environment of bandwidth heavy consumption. Usenet may be just as heavy in hardware requirements, but much lighter in bandwidth consumption.

    I also suggest that avoiding bias in news requires that the funding be free from advertiser influence.

     

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