My respect for them really increased when they published this letter to Congress about FEC regulation of blogs last month, and today they rolled out a few small improvements that make Bloglines even easier to use. Just in time, considering Google is trying to give them a run for the money. I’ve tried Google’s new aggregator, and I found that it just doesn’t work as well although it’s certainly prettier than Bloglines. I’m not switching yet, but it’s always good to have options.
We the Bloggers…
Blogs have given individuals of any and every background the ability to freely speak their minds and share information with anyone who chooses to read it, at any time they wish to do so. Bloglines was created for people as a window to access this world of dynamic content and a way to participate in its creation. We believe blogs have helped enable an open exchange of information that has never before been possible. As some of you may have heard, the Federal Election Commission (FEC) is reviewing its regulations concerning political speech on the Internet, including blog activity. Bloglines is committed to the continuation of open exchanges of information and opinions throughout the blogosphere and the Internet in general. Today, the Committee on House Administration is having a hearing on this issue. In the spirit of these beliefs, I have provided the Committee with the following statement. We encourage you to express your opinion on this matter in any forum you choose.
-Mark Fletcher and the Bloglines team
The fact is that blogs and websites will have to be regulated just like other campaign speech and spending, but first Congress needs to get a clue about the Internet!