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Using Bloglines Presented by Bonnie Shucha © University of WI Law Library What is Bloglines? Bloglines is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio.

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using bloglines

Using Bloglines

Presented by Bonnie Shucha ©

University of WI Law Library

what is bloglines
What is Bloglines?
  • Bloglines is a FREE online service that helps you subscribe to and manage lots of web information, such as news feeds, weblogs and audio.
  • Bloglines tracks the information you're interested in, retrieves new stuff as it happens, and organizes everything for you on your own personal web news page.
  • From: Bloglines FAQ
about bloglines
About Bloglines
  • Bloglines is free
  • Bloglines is Web-based
    • Nothing to download
    • Access from any computer with an Internet connection
  • Can subscribe to RSS feeds and have email listservs/subscriptions delivered to Bloglines

RSS Feeds

Feeds are displayed in the left-frame in a directory-like listing.

Folders containing unread news are bolded.

Click on the + next to the folder to view feeds within it




Click on a feed in the directory to open a list of headlines OR

Click on a folder name to view new entries from all feeds in that folder

Click on + next to headline to view contents of post

subscribing to bloglines
Subscribing to Bloglines
  • Go to
  • Only requires an email address & password
adding feeds to bloglines
Adding Feeds to Bloglines
  • Several Ways to Subscribe to Feeds
    • Known Feed – You already have the URL
    • Browse Recommended Feeds – Let Bloglines suggest feeds based on your existing subscriptions
adding a known feed
Click “Add” at top of right frame

Enter URL and click “Subscribe”

Adding a Known Feed

Click “Add”


Choose Folder

Select folder in which to add feed

Use “Top Level” until you have created folders

Click “Subscribe” button

New feed subscription will appear in directory at left



browse recommended feeds
Browse Recommended Feeds
  • After you have added a few subscriptions, Bloglines scans for other similar feeds
  • Click “Recommendations” in “Extras” section at the bottom of the directory on the left

Subscribers: See how many other Bloglines users subscribe to this feed

Subscribe: Click to subscribe with one click

Preview: Preview what feed will look link in Bloglines

Subscribe To This Feed: Check box to subscribe to multiple recommended feeds; then click “Subscribe” button at the bottom

finding feeds
Finding Feeds
  • Look for button to get URL for the blog’s feed
  • Copy URL, click “Add” in Bloglines and paste URL
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Finding Feeds
  • Keyword Search a search engine or use the search box in Bloglines at top left
adding email subscriptions
Adding Email Subscriptions
  • Why?
    • Stop the clutter - Gets high traffic listservs out of your email
    • One stop shopping – Read all of your current awareness / professional development news in one place --- Bloglines!
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Adding Email Subscriptions
  • Create an unlimited number of special Bloglines email addresses that are tied to your Bloglines account
  • The email addresses show up as subscriptions in your directory, and email sent to those email addresses appears as new items
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Adding Email Subscriptions
  • Click “Add” in directory
  • Click “Create an Email Subscription” link

Your existing email subscriptions are displayed at the top of the page.

To create a new one, complete this form at the bottom of the page.

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Adding Email Subscriptions
  • Listservs
    • Subscribe using your new unique email address
    • Click on the “send email” link to send a message from this address
    • Subscribe following listserv directions

Send Email

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Adding Email Subscriptions
  • Alert Services
    • Google News Alerts
    • Feedster News Alerts
      • Feedster also has option for delivering results via RSS
subscribing to alert services
Subscribing to Alert Services
  • Use unique Bloglines email address as your subscription email address
    • To see unique email address, open the new subscription in your directory on the left
clipping emailing posts
Clipping & Emailing Posts
  • One advantage of news readers is that once posts are viewed, they won’t be displayed the next time you open the feed
  • However, you can “clip” or email posts that you wish to save

Enter email address

Type message if desired

Click “Send Email”

organizing feeds in bloglines
To create new folders or move feeds to existing folders:

Click “Edit” in directory

Then choose folder from pull down menu

Click “Submit”

Organizing Feeds in Bloglines
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Organizing Feeds in Bloglines
  • To sort feeds within folders
    • Click “Reorder/Sort” in directory
    • Then choose sort order from pull down menu
    • Click “Submit”

Contact – Bonnie Shucha

Reference & Electronic Services Library

University of Wisconsin Law Library

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