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Bloglines logo.png
Bloglines screenshot.png
Bloglines feed view
Web address
Type of site
RSS aggregator
Registration Required, Free
Owner MerchantCircle
Created by Mark Fletcher
Launched June 2003
Alexa rank
negative increase 9,025 (April 2014)[1]

Bloglines was a web-based news aggregator for reading syndicated feeds using the RSS and Atom formats. Users could subscribe to the syndicated feeds for free using a web browser. Bloglines offered an application programming interface that maintainers of web sites could use to write software to read feeds, search its database of feed entries, and ping the service when a website was updated.[2] Bloglines became unavailable in early 2015.


Mark Fletcher, former CEO of ONElist, founded the site in June 2003 and sold it in February 2005 to[3][4] In 2005, it hosted more than 200 million searchable blog articles.[4] On July 23, 2007, Bloglines released an iPhone version of their site. On August 27, 2007 the company released a public beta version of their site, with new features such as drag-and-drop feeds in the feed tree and a customizable start page. announced that Bloglines would be shut down effective November 15, 2010.[5] However, on November 4, 2010 on-line marketing company MerchantCircle announced that it would assume control of Bloglines.[6] On May 26, 2011, Reply! Inc. acquired MerchantCircle for $60 million in cash and stock. The transaction was completed in Q3 2011.[7]

In April 2015 Bloglines had been down for at least 80 days.[8]


  • Included in Time Magazine's Top 50 Web Sites for 2004[9]
  • Voted Best Blog/Feed Search Engine by the Search Engine Watch Awards in 2005[10]
  • BusinessWeek's Best of the New Web[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-04-01. 
  2. ^
  3. ^ "Ask Jeeves Acquires". Bloglines. 2005-02-08. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  4. ^ a b Olsen, Stephanie (8 February 2005). "Ask Jeeves buys Bloglines". CNET News. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Bloglines Update". blog. 29 October 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010. [dead link]
  6. ^
  7. ^ "Reply! Acquires MerchantCircle for $60 Million". 2011-05-26. 
  8. ^ " Server Status Check". Is it down right now?. Retrieved 3 April 2015. 
  9. ^ "Mark Fletcher Achievements". Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "5th Annual Search Engine Watch Awards - Search Engine Watch (SEW)". Search Engine Watch. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  11. ^ "Best of the New Web: Our Editors' Picks". BusinessWeek. 26 September 2005. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 

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