I have been testing out Bloglines after reading Kimbro Staken's attempt to replace NetNewsWire on Mac OS X. Currently I am using NetNewsWire Lite on Mac OS X and FeedDemon on Windows to do my news aggregation. However, NNW Lite doesn't have many features in the non-free full version. FeedDemon, while better designed than NNW, has just hit the gold 1.0 release, and I am not sure whether I am prepared to pay USD$29.95 for it. Moreover, I am on multiple different boxes during the day, and I am really seeking a centrally managed solution - including my subscription list and the entries that I have read/haven't read.
That is where Bloglines comes into the picture.
I have loaded it with all the sites I previously subscribed via FeedDemon, and it has no problem handling all the XML. It has no problem with UTF-8 content either, as I have a few Chinese sites on my subscription list. The interface is easy to use, and it is relatively fast behind ADSL lines. I would think that it is a popular service, and with no banner ads nor subscription fee to pay the bandwidth, it might be quite slow. Apparently it is not the case.
Overall, thumbs up for this great service.
Updated at 5:50pm: I have also noticed that in my webserver logs, there are entries look like this:
xx.xx.xx.xx - - [05/Jan/2004:17:01:32 +1100] "GET /index.rdf HTTP/1.1" 200 2110 "-" "Bloglines/2.0 (http://www.bloglines.com; 3 subscribers)"