Bloglines’ latest feature allows users to claim feeds that they create, thus allowing better management of them. You provide your web site URL, it returns all the feeds associated with it and then you modify your feeds to include some hidden hash values to prove you own them.
Once you’ve done this, you can specify what description, image and icon your feed uses, and also mark feeds as duplicate of other feeds – handy if your site has moved or the URL of your feed has changed. Bloglines has been pretty good at following the feed changes here and it was reasonably happy about me moving from RSS to Atom, but there were a couple of feeds (including a test one not updated since August last year) which it still knew about that I hadn’t redirected properly. This let me change that.
Though you should set up redirects when a feed moves, you can’t always do this – say if you were using Blogger or TypePad and wanted to move to your own hosted site. Bloglines has a lot of users and so it’s good to see this being done – now a potentially significant proportion of readers will have a feed automatically update if it’s moved.