The popular web-based RSS reader and news aggregator Bloglines will discontinue service on Friday, October 1st 2010, its operators essentially saying that social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook have killed it.

RSS provides website updates to readers around the world so they don’t have to actually find them themselves through searching or refreshing the site. It evolved into popular use in 2005 but social sites of all types: Twitter, StumbleUpon, Digg and Facebook to name but a few, have all but replaced it for most users.

Bloglines will remain operational until October, so you have about three weeks to export your feeds to another RSS application such as the popular and excellent Google Reader.

For many, RSS is still an excellent way to receive updates as it does cut out a lot of the clutter.

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