Friday, February 11, 2005

Bloglines 

I've recently begun using Bloglines, and it's a pretty cool little tool. I previously endorsed Kinja, but I must admit that I like Bloglines better. Kinja would display recent posts from the blogs to which you subscribed, in order, with posts from various blogs intermixed according to time published. It was a nice timesaver.

But with Bloglines you can set up various folders for your categories of subscriptions, and you can then view all the new postings in all your subscriptions, in one folder, or in one particular subscription. You can also tell it to display all postings from a certain (preset) time periods. I really like the Clip option, where you can "clip" a particular post and put it in a separate tab area. I hate when I'm reading a bunch of blogs, find something of interest and tell myself that I'll come back to that one later, or I'll post on that one later, but then later comes and I can't remember where the heck it was, and it's too recent for Google to have indexed it. This way, I just clip and save, and go back and view the list later when I have more time. Right now I have several posts clipped, and I'll put up a separate post about them. Then I'll clear out the clipped tab for next time.

You can specify whether you want a particular subscription to be public (the ones that will be shared through this type of link) or private. You can also use Bloglines to display a blogroll on your own site, but I haven't tried that out yet. Here's the link to my subscriptions. For the public view it doesn't automatically show the number of new posts since last viewing, since as a guest you don't have a last viewing. When I'm logged in, it bolds the subscriptions with new postings, and lists how many there are.

The post display is chronologic by blog, and you can collapse a particular blog's display. It also shows how many blogline users have subscribed to a particular blog, and displays the users that have public subscriptions.

One request - they could make their alphabetical blog directory easier to navigate. You can go directly to a letter, but then your only option is to scroll page to page.

Anyway, check it out. You might like it.

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Posted by Beth Henderson at 9:10 AM