Wednesday, April 07, 2004

Kinja Will Assimilate 

Lots of folks are abuzz about Kinja.com, a new customizable blog digest. So I've hopped on over to give it a try. I was using Feedster, but that's a little slow. Kinja seems more streamlined.

Once you've created a free account, you simply list addresses of blogs you want included. If the blog is already being tracked by them, the posts appear immediately. If it's one they haven't yet had requested, a notice pops up that it will be added within a few hours. I've had new blogs appear within a few minutes. You can also copy the Kinja bookmarklet to your favorites, and anytime you're reading a blog that you want to add, just click and it's in (you might have to log in first if you aren't already). Deleting blogs from your digest is as easy as clicking on the minus sign next to a digest posting for that blog. The digest entries are short excerpts from posts, with a large number appearing on each screen for easy scanning. Once an entry is in your digest, you can click on a link to go from a post directly to the blog itself to read more.

They have a number of premade digests in such categories as Tech, Food, Movies, Gay, Politics, Liberal and Conservative. You can browse through postings in these digests, or in other people's digests if they've opted to make them public and posted the address. When you browse through these other digests, you can click on the plus sign next to a post for a blog you like, and add it to your own digest.

Here's my Kinja digest, for anyone who's curious. It's a work in progress. I may take out one blog that I read daily, simply because they're frequent posters and they tend to fill up the digest. For a blog you read that is this prolific, you might want to stick to visiting their site directly. You pretty much always know there'll be something new. I think I'd rather use Kinja for those blogs that post a couple of times a day or less. But I'm still pondering.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 8:31 AM