November 18, 2005

Reading Lists: Major new capability, coming soon

Filed under: Product Features — Pito Salas on 12:41 pm

We are actively working on (IMHO) a really cool new capability in BlogBridge — Reading Lists. There has been a bit of writing about Reading Lists recently (not that it’s a new idea) but in case you don’t know what it is, here’s my definition:

A Reading List is a collection of Feeds maintained by one party for the benefit of another. That’s all there is to it. So your Blogroll is kind of a reading list, as is one of our BlogBridge expert lists. As it turns out there are already various people around the Blogosphere maintaining reading lists. A reading list is known by its hyperlink (URL.)

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We are building BlogBridge’s reading list in two steps, one after the other. The first step is to add the ability for one person to monitor/follow/see/use a reading list that exists somewhere on the web. Here’s how it will work.

Any BlogBridge ‘guide’ (which is like a folder to you non-BlogBridge users) can be automatically be populated with all the feeds mentioned in someone else’s reading  list.

You can see that all we’ve done is to add a ‘reading list’ tab to a guide where you can see what reading list is being followed, when it last changed, and where it lives.

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More advanced users will have good control over the behavior of reading lists - how often to check whether they’ve changed, what to do when a change is detected, and so on. We have added a new tab to our Preferences… dialog box for this purpose. Take a look at the image to the right, it should be farely self explanatory.

In the near future I will describe the second step, which is the ability to author or create a reading list. Please let us know what you think of this approach - and how you would use it!

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