I am not trying to make this a tech blog. Anyway…

My faithful RSS reader companion Bloglines announced today they are closing shop. Or to be more precise, ask.com that acquired bloglines a couple of years ago is pulling the plug, stating applications like Facebook are really taking that space and RSS is becoming more an underlying infrastructure for such applications. Sigh. I liked beta.bloglines.com so much I really put up with the crappy certificate errors their servers generated.

I think ones RSS feeds are rather “telling”, so very reluctantly I put them in my google basket (I think google “knows” way too much already). My quick research showed that web bases, bloglines and google are (were) the only players worth looking at. Maybe I should decide to switch to a client based reader. So, my friends, any advice? Google reader? Application? If the latter, what is recommended? For the latter, it should run on Ubuntu and should be installable through the software center; I regard that as a minimum quality seal.