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October 07, 2005

How to switch to Google Reader (from Bloglines)

The cost of switching standards-compliant web services is close to zero. While Jason Shellen was still on stage announcing the Google Reader, I managed to switch from Bloglines to Google Reader. Here's how it was done in 30 seconds:

  1. Export you Bloglines OPML file of subscriptions to your local disk:
  2. Upload the OPML file to Google Reader (-> Add a feed, -> Import subscriptions)
  3. Load and read

Low switching costs is great news for users as true competition obviously spurs application innovation. I'm happy to see that Google up front is supporting OPML export and thus leaving the door open for further innovation.
I would, however, wish that Bloglines, Yahoo! and now Google would go ahead and extend support to include export (and hence import) of OPML files including items that might have been saved. That is for example the list of wheatpaste tagged pictures on Flickr that I have been collecting in a scrapbook on Bloglines for about a year-and-a-half. These I cannot export. :(

Posted by Nikolaj Nyholm at October 7, 2005 08:18 PM

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